Do you know what a male turtle does to flirt on a female turtle?
And…Do you know how two turtles determine their territory?
To do both things, we flutter our hand in front of other turtle’s face.
Make sure you don’t confuse which one is which.
When a male turtle sees a female he wants to have relationship more than just as friend, the male will flutter his hands in front of the female. The gesture is kinda like asking her to have his babies.
During the courtship, a male will attempt to get the female’s attention by swimming backwards in front of her (in a face to face position) with his front legs extended outwards. His long nails would then vibrate or shake (flutter) very quickly in her face. If she is willing, the male will be allowed to mount her and position his tail under hers. He will release his front legs and stabilize in a vertical position
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However, the same gesture is also done by 2 turtles with the same gender.
When I first saw Kroten, I thought she was going to steal my tank and my space in the house. She was small and cute, I felt very threatened by her existence (Why does mommy have to have new turtle? Am I not enough? ). To show her who’s the boss, I had to challenge her by fluttering my hands in front of her. Too bad that little yellow turtle wasn’t afraid and she fluttered me back.
It has been 3 years, but we are still fluttering each other whenever we got a chance.
This is a video of me and Kroten after 1 year of living together
The fluttering is not only done toward other turtle. We also flutter on other things that we have never seen before. I can’t explain why, but I always flutter on Chopper (mommy’s cute key chain’s accessory from her favorite manga, One Piece)