Courtship & mating
Angulate tortoise (Chersina angulata)
Female vs male
See the male vs female Angulate tortoise (Chersina angulata) page for info and photos on how to differentiate the sexes.
In captivity, females reach maturity at about 7-8 years of age and males a bit younger.
The Angulate tortoise is also known as the "Fighting tortoise". Male Angulate tortoises cannot be kept together 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
The male Angulate tortoise starts the courtship by sniffing the female.
Then, the chase is on!
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.
Sometimes it's a bit of trial and error at first. :O)
During mating, the male emits quiet chirping or peeping noises. He sounds like a little squeaky toy. :O)
Courtship photos - outdoors
Boy sees girl.
Boy likes girl.
Girl plays hard to get.
Angulate tortoise females usually lay only one large egg. Occasionally, two eggs may be deposited. Older, more mature females can lay up to 6-7 clutches per year. Younger females may only lay 1-2 clutches.
Incubation of eggs
See the Angulate tortoise eggs & incubation page for details.
Incubators & incubation media
See the Star tortoise incubators page for info on incubators and incubation substrates.
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