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2 RES fighting...Took a bite out of the neck


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Posted by rgardner143 on May 11, 2003 at 20:20:45:

I have had 2 RES for about 2 years. I am not sure, but I belive one is male and one is female (the male has long claws). For the first year that I had them, the male was always aggresive toward the female. The male would bully her and chase her around the tank. Within the last 6 months, the FEMALE has become extrememly aggressive. She starting biting the males feet, but I never viewed it as a big deal. Tonight though, the female was clamped onto the males neck. I reached into the tank and finally seperated them, and the male seems to be ok. There is no blood or anything. My quesiton is, why the suddened change in behaviors? The male used to be aggressive, now the female is starting to bit the male. Is there anyway to change behavior?

The bought the turtles together 2 years ago. I have a 75 gallon tank filled with about 55 gallons of water. The turtles are about 7 years old. The only change in their diet was I stopping feeding them live worms, and now give them freeze dried crickets. Around the time I stopped feeding worms, the behavior started. Could this be the problem????


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