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    is it tortoise mating season?

    I have a male and a female horsefield tortoise that are approx three and a half.

    They came from the same clutch and I have had them for two years.

    They live in a viv with a mvb.

    Last year my female was hospitalised around july for two days and my male was aggressive when she got back.

    He is becoming aggressive again and I am getting a little worried.

    I could seperate them as I have a second smaller viv but it is too small for a mvb.

    They have been fine for the last six months or so.

    Is it tortoise mating season?

    Any help would be greatly recieved.

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    is it tortoise mating season?

    It is quite common for tortoises to pester each other Don't know why this happened only after 6 months though but perhaps that's the age they become 'adults'. Is their enclosure large enough for them to roam freely around and about?

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    is it tortoise mating season?

    To answer your question, yes it is breeding season. Has he actually hurt her? Do they have lots of hides and visual blockers?

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    is it tortoise mating season?

    Their viv is huge and they have two hides in there but they tend to get in the same one together.

    They were ramming each other for a week or so, but she was as bad as him so I left them to it.

    Last night he bit her front leg so I took her out of the viv and put him in the spare ( it is much smaller for emergencies ) but she refused to come out of her shell for a good ten minutes.

    Last year he did bite her badly, drawing blood, so I don't want it to get that far this year if I can help it.

    I know it's natural for them-I just don't want her to get hurt!

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    is it tortoise mating season?

    I understand. Sounds like your doing the only thing you can at this point. Hopefully soon they will once more settle down and play nice.

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    is it tortoise mating season?

    Thanx-your reassurance means a lot to me

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