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Anna, Reptile Expert, Biologist
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My tortioses have been together 2 1/2 years and always got

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My tortioses have been together 2 1/2 years and always got along great..Today they got into a nasty fight and one flipped they other over. What do I do from here..Should I kep them separated or whatr?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Reptile
Expert:  Anna replied 2 months ago.

Hello and welcome. My name is ***** ***** I'm a biologist with a special interest in reptiles. I'm sorry to hear that Joey and Runner are having some problems.

You made a good decision when you separated them. Aggression is common in tortoises, especially between two males, but it does occur regardless of the sexes. Most of them will get along as youngsters, but as they get older fights will occur. They can cause serious injuries. It is generally recommended to keep the tortoises in individual enclosures unless you have a very large outdoor home for them. You can read more about tortoise aggression on the following website. It applies to all species, not just Russians.

I know this probably is not what you want to hear, but I believe you deserve honesty. It is best if you keep them separated. If you have more concerns about this, just let me know. I hope it will be easy for you to work out a solution.


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