@ALDABRAMAN @Yvonne G @Tom hope you all are doing well!
I need a bit of expert input Re the photos, and I also thought putting these photos up might be helpful for future reference (as they contrast very well I feel).
Could you take a look and give your opinion- whenever is convenient of...
My brother and I were watching the two baby Aldabras, in my care, work their way around a large garden, today, and we got to chatting about their (terrible) design.
How tortoises have survived extinction en masse is beyond me.
Not only can they be outpaced by nearly every possible predator...
So I'm pushing the two little bundles of joy to graduate to a 12,000 Ft2 garden- during the day at least. A little less space actually b/c there is a house on the plot too.
But I think it is too big a space for them. It is secure (concrete walls around the perimiter) but finding food, and...
I am soooooooo glad I am 'looking after' two young Aldabras, not one.
Their characters are really very different and I wouldn't know that with just one.
On the surface both are skittish by nature, so if you only have one Aldabra, and are reading this, you will probably agree with most of the...
I was thinking about you today :)
How is the tortoise doing? The vegetables you are feeding her "kang kung" is known as a water spinach.
What I think would be useful is to mix in some dark green leaves and grasses. If you can get hibiscus leaves where you are, try that. The...
I see tiny weeny bugs / insects zooming about the two aldabras in their closed chamber at night.
I’ve read up here and decided it’s nothing I worry about.
Tonight I saw they were in quite large number (nearly transparent and tiny), and they grouped a bit on one of the babies heads.
The two I have do have unlimited space (relative to their size) to roam during the day, but they are not THAT active and don't take full advantage of it.
After a 50 minute morning soak (can happen at 7am to 10 am), they seek food for around an hour and munch for around 20-30 minutes before...
I thought it might be worth noting what we see an Aldabra choose to do in a day.
It may help those who are raising them in artificial environments to understand what they choose when given the great outdoors.
@Sesel thank you! and sorry for my late reply!
That is ridiculous- :) - 20 inches and they still have another 7 (F)-15 (M) inches to go in just a decade- my goodness.
Ok so we are looking teenagers at 20 inches for males, and 20 year olds for females at the same length. Perfect, exactly...
Just to finish this, I run the heater in the room before they go in now. This brings the room (and their enclosure to about 90 degrees but knocks the humidity to around 40-50%. Once they are in, it's lights out and heater off, and door to room is closed. Humidity rises to around 75-85% and temps...
What would you guess the age to be of a 20 inch Aldabra in it's home turf i.e. Seychelles/ Mauritius (not USA grown)?
Also what would you expect 20 inches to grow into over the next decade? Any idea of growth rate at this point?
Thanks - I'm trying to comprehend a scenario that's all :)