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Normal growth? Help me :(

Discussion in 'Tortoise Health' started by thegame2388, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. Big Charlie

    Big Charlie Well-Known Member

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    I have door flaps but my tortoise is afraid of them, so if I want him to come out, I'll prop them up. That is when it really gets cold inside. If I leave them closed, he might make it out but he won't go back in, and I'm not always home when that happens.

    I have my heat sensor nearer the door so it is probably warmer further in. The heat sensor hangs near where his tail usually is when he is on the heat mat.

    He came out today and ate quite a bit.
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    Big Charlie Well-Known Member

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    No, I never have. I haven't fed him in years, other than cutting some roses or hibiscus for him. There is plenty growing in the yard for him to graze year round.

    One day a few weeks ago when he didn't want to come out, I threw some hibiscus leaves in with him but he ignored it.
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    You are tortoise!
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    3/24/2017 Update:

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    Update: Nothing major really. He now weighs 10,472g (23.08lbs). He turns 4 years old in late August, making him about 3.5 years old now. Not sure if that's above or below average weight for his age, but I don't mind the size either way. I removed the humidifier to make more space. My next "concern" will be the width of his doggy-door opening to his outdoor enclosure. He has about 5 inches of wiggle room left before I need to expand the door. But other than that, it's pretty much straightforward.

    Also, I can't believe this thread is now 3 years old, almost to the exact day!
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    Looks good. I love the spurs on his arms!! :D
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    Yes! That spurs and that nails. Cool!!
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    Looking good. Keep the updates coming.
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    Thanks and you know I will!
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    Can I see a pic of the Mazuri he don't like? Is it the pellet type(rabbit food) or the nugget(dog chow)?
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    That post was years ago, he loves his Mazuri now. But now I'm curious, can you post a picture of the nugget type? I wanna see if that's what I'm feeding him.
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    It's hard to get them to like the Mazuri LS(pellets)...But most like this stuff immediately.

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    Update: Growth is looking nice. He's at 11,720g now or 25.8lbs. He's 3 years and 9 months old. Thoughts?
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    So pretty!
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    I just love that first photo! I'm thinking of making it the wallpaper on my work computer. ;)
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    That would be the best compliment ever!
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    Oh my! he is big! Look at his eyes. So black and deep. The look is mild. I really like his eyes. You did a great job there!
    I like last pic the most. I like to see when a sulcata stand up like that. It feels so strong!
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    I think he looks great.
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    That's the endorsement I was looking for!
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    Spent too much time trying to figure out the polynomial equation to forecast growth. Nevertheless, here's a chart of his growth in recent years with a trajectory towards 2019.
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    Its always amazing to me how fast they can grow. When they are little we count every gram. Then, within a few months, as they gain size we begin counting by the hundreds of grams, and then by pounds.

    So unbelievable that a little 35 gram baby will grow up to be a 55,000 gram monster in such a short time.
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