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How can I tell if gravid?


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Posted by cagrlalwys on April 27, 2003 at 09:51:23:

In Reply to: How can I tell if gravid? posted by jrmdds on April 26, 2003 at 17:33:52:

When females are gravid they will heavily pace around the perimeter of the pen trying to escape and climbing the walls. They will also mount other females and males and will dig "test" nests. If she is gravid you will need to have at least 6 inches of potting soil for her to dig in and lay her eggs.

::Sometimes females will do that if they are about ready to lay their eggs. Have you witnessed an actual mating between the two and if so how long ago? It could be that she is gravid. :)

:::I've heard that Russian males (tortoises, that is) are aggressive during courtship, but can the female exhibit this behavior as well? I'm about 99% percent sure of the sexes of my torts, but today I witnessed head bobbing and and an aggressive move where my female flipped the male on to his back. She also does a lot of mouth opening (no sounds though). The male seems a little interested, but she's pretty rough. Any insight?

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