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Does diet contribute to pyramiding.

Discussion in 'Advanced Tortoise Topics' started by Anyfoot, Apr 6, 2017.

  1. Tom

    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    Huge in what regard? Overall health, or pyramiding?
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    Don't know the answer about genetics, but my guess is yes because I think homeana's keratin grows different to the redfooted species. I'm not seeing prominent growth rings with my homeana that we see with redfoot tortoises, not at 9 months old anyway.
    If we are comparing, Leo's, sullies, and redfoots for example I think they all grow the same.
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    This is a good point. I've seen many outdoor enclosures posted on the forum that look barren. Charlie has access to our entire yard which is kept watered. There are plenty of bushes to hide under with soil that never dries out. There is one that Charlie spends a lot of time under in the summer.

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    I'd recommend this article to anyone who has an interest in diet and pyramiding:
    https://moh-it.pure.elsevier.com/en...nergy-x-ray-absorptiometry-for-use-in-evaluat

    Both group 1 and group 3 were fed naturally growing vegetation, but group 1 was housed in an artificial setting and group 3 was maintained in an outside enclosure. However, pyramidal growth was highest in group 1, all tortoises had pyramiding; pyramiding was not evident in group 3, none of the tortoises had pyramiding. Group 2 was housed in an artificial setting and fed vegetables grown for human consumption, two of the ten tortoises in this group had pyramiding.
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