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Pair of Angulate tortoises (Chersina angulata)

Sexual maturity

In captivity, Angulate / Angulated tortoise (Chersina angulata) females reach maturity at about 7-8 years of age and males a bit younger. See the male vs female page for info and photos on how to differentiate the sexes.

Breeding groups

The Angulate tortoise is also known as the "fighting tortoise." Male Angulate tortoises cannot be kept together in small enclosures because they will encage in vigorous combats trying to overturn each other.

A male and a female can be kept as a pair, but be prepared to separate them if the male becomes too amorous. It's probably best to place one male in a small group of females. Males can also be put up in single enclosures and only placed with females during mating season. Females can be housed together in groups.

Courtship photos - indoors

I took these photos after I brought the tortoises in during a cold spell. This was a temporary set up in a large Vision reptile tub.

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The male Angulate tortoise starts the courtship by sniffing the female.

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Then, the chase is on!

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The male will try to catch up with the female and run to her side. He will make close facial contact with her while opening his mouth.

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More wooing.

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Sometimes it's a bit of trial and error at first. :O)

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Success!

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During mating, the male emits quiet chirping or peeping noises. He sounds like a little squeaky toy. :O)

Courtship photos - outdoors

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Boy sees girl.

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Boy likes girl.

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Girl plays hard to get.

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Wrong side!

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Getting closer.

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All about birds and bees.

just hatched Angulate / Angulated tortoise (Chersina angulata)

Result = a love child. :O)

 

Related pages: Angulate nesting, incubation, egg development, hatchlings

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