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Aldabra size

Discussion in 'Aldabra tortoises' started by waswondering, Aug 19, 2019.

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  1. waswondering

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    Hello, I was wondering how big 7 year old aldabras should weigh? I have 8 and the biggest is 19 inches and 48 pounds and the smallest is 14 inches and only 21 pounds. I'm vary confused why this would be. They live on an acre lot with a ton of grass and are never hungry. I'm not even sure that 48 pounds is good for a 7 year old.

    Thanks for the help in advance
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    @ALDABRAMAN will be able to help
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    I emailed him yesterday with no reply so I posted here hoping he would see it.
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    Now he’s tagged, he will see it.
    I know nothing about Aldabra but that does appear small.
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    ~ Please post pictures of both.
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    This is them. I think the reason might be because were I live there is low humidity so they dont grow as fast. What are your thoughts?

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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    That seems small. I think @Yvonne G two were like 125-130 pounds at 10 years, so 3 years older then yours, if I remember right.
    See what Greg says.

    Do you feed anything other then them just grazing?
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    Yeah I feed them a bunch of stuff, lettuce,melons,carrots, strawberry every Saturday. In total its about 45 pounds of produce but I have other torts that eat it as well.
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    @ALDABRAMAN can confirm but that doesnt sound like a lot for 8 growing Aldabras and other torts eating it too. Not sure how nutrious just grazing is either. I feed my leopards about 3 times a week mazuri just so I know they are getting some added nutrition along with the grazing. I know Greg feeds Mazuri, Hay cactus and other truck loads of items. Not sure how often or how much. Hopefully he can fill in.
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    Ok, I can figure out how to get more food. They sometimes dont finish it so idk but if so it's an easy fix. But that still doesn't explain the size difference
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    The size difference could be the sex of each. Males get around 500 and females 300? Just a thought. Also any possible bullying and the smaller one not getting enough food? I don't think Greg has any young ones in with his teen ones and no teen ones in with his adults. I haven't followed his on going thread in awhile but back when I used to they were never mixed. Maybe you will have to separate them according to size for awhile?
    If you search way back in Gregs threads you can find different posts of the truck loads he gets of foods. Also possible sizes of some of the younger ones and ages.
    Also search for So and Bo which were Yvonne's Aldabras.
    Maybe it is the difference in your climates. Greg is in Florida and Yvonne California.The only other two big Aldabra keepers I know of is also in Florida and the other California. None of them as dry as AZ.
    I would also cut back of the fruit. I think Greg only feeds his adults the special treats like melons and I don't think he does it weekly. Fruit can screw up their gut load as it has lots of sugar.
    I would try adding hay, cactus pads and some mazuri. Mazuri like maybe once a week or even once every two weeks. The hay, Greg uses orchard and alfalfa. He also feeds a treat of red/green/yellow/orange peppers. I think that's seldom not weekly. I know I have seen him show a truck load full but he has 11 or 12 adults. Not sure if he feeds his Radiateds any of that too.
    With your dry hot temps be sure they are hydrated really well, warm water soaks and water dishes they can get into to self soak.
    None of my suggestions will hurt them, will give them a better diet and hopefully if they are small for their age, this will help them to keep growing to reach their full size potential.
    And keep the pics coming, we love seeing tort pics.
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    I'll cut down on the melons, I normally give only 2 water melons and I have a bunch of sulcatas one of which is a 285 pounder so I dont think they eat to much melons. But I'll still give them less, just in case. As for hydration they are good. They have a massive mud pit that they are in quite a bit and they have a 10'x10' water bowl that's 6 inches deep at its deepest. And as for aggression there is 0 not in any shape or form, they have never had any problems at all. I think that they all have enough room that they dont ever feel the need to fight. Its night rn so I cant get any pictures rn
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    @ALDABRAMAN ? Is the tortoise weight differents just something that happens? What do you think I should do if not?
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    ~ They look ok, the only thing that stands out to me is the growth lines seem wide, that typically indicates fast growth. You want thin steady growth lines. 46401739_720426741652115_7714487564060590080_n.jpg
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    Hey, I was wondering you said the growth lines on my aldabras were too big and that indicated too fast growing. So if that's the case does it mean that they are big for 7 years? How big are your 7 year olds? Also they photos attached are of 2 aldabra tails, I think 1 of them is a male and the other a female based on the length of the tails. Do you agree? 20190824_183658.jpeg 20190824_183657.jpeg
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