Amazing Galapagos hatchling growth

kingsley

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After years of contemplating and kicking my self for not getting them back in the day when they were 2k per hatchling , I decided to pull the trigger last December and treated my self to a Christmas Gift of two Galapagos hatchlings. The hatchlings arrived December 12th and they were 180 grams each and bright eyed and active little adorable Tortoises!! I set them up in a humid chamber , with a ramp up of heat and UV lamps , night temps around 78 F and high temps around 95 F and a gradual ramp down.
The diet consists of Cactus, Mulberry leaves, greens , mazuri, squash, sweet potato leaves, and some grass clippings.
8 months later they are 1900 grams each!! I an absolutely astounded as to how fast they are growing.
Here are pics of them Now and Then ,
 

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LaLaP

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Wow! Those guys are awesome! You're going to have some big ole dinosaurs on your hands soon.
Do you mind if I ask how much a hatchling costs if they were 2k back in the day?
 

kingsley

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Over 5k , Please note this is a protected species (Appendix 1) and cannot be traded or transfered across state lines without a CBW permit from the US Fish and Wildlife Department.
 

Toons1978

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Their ability to grow is astounding. I acquired my two galaps back in Nov of '17. They weighed 1952 & 1862 grams. Ten months later and they are currently 7450 & 7650. These guys very quickly outgrew my kitchen scale that I use on most of my other tortoises so I had to find a better one on Amazon. They also outgrew their enclosures and will be upgraded again by the end of November.
 
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