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Old 03-10-2009, 04:30 PM
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My Beardies recently started fighting with each other, they keep going in circles whipping tails at each other and biting each other's tails, is this behaviour usual of Beardies at around 7 months?
Also is it dominance, sexual display or what?

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Old 03-10-2009, 04:32 PM
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What sex are they might help to give an answer hun?
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Old 03-10-2009, 04:33 PM
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Oh sorry, one is male and the other is female.
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Old 03-10-2009, 04:36 PM
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Are you 100% sure they are different sex? Sounds like a dominance fight more than a sexual one, sexual encounters normally consist of more head bobbing than tail whips and bites to the tails to be honest
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Old 03-10-2009, 04:37 PM
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You're going to have to seperate them. They're too young to breed and the male will hassle the female all the time.
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Old 03-10-2009, 04:37 PM
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Definitely the opposite sex, but when I said tail whipping I meant to say they start tracing their tail around in the sand then bite each others tails - sorry!
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Old 03-10-2009, 04:42 PM
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Ok im guessing there the same size then?
If it was sexual the male would try to get on the back of the female and bite her neck or back of her head. So it does sound like a dominace issue and i would suggest separating them before they hurt each other
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Old 03-10-2009, 04:53 PM
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Before, one of them was constantly trying to get on the back of the other when I got them out and bite the others back of the neck but not violently. It just seemed to become more dominance related in the last few days.
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Old 03-10-2009, 04:57 PM
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They need separating.

It's an aggressive behaviour you sometimes see in juveniles, which is often initiated by the female as the male approaches/reaches sexual maturity - I'd guess it's her way of saying "I don't want babies yet, keep away from me".

Edit: Based on the above post, I'd guess the male's been trying it on with the female (he'd have been biting her neck etc), and she's decided she doesn't want him anywhere near her.
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Hmmm well males tend to sexualy mature earlier than females and he has obviously tried to have his wikid way so the female either isnt ready or just does not understand mating yet but the female is WAY to young to be bred yet however thats not to say is isnt physically possible, so i would strongly suggest seperating them ASAP to avoid injury or even a sexual encounter
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