Andromeda the Aldabra Tortoise

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Congrats on one of your dream torts. Looks like you did a lot of research and took in all the correct info for him/her.
I hope you will reconsider and do the same with the dog/tort debate. Why not? It's too easy to just keep the dog out when you are not around. If nothing ever happens, great. But if something does happen. Well, your tort pays for it and will be scared for life, in pain, and all for something that could have been prevented. Animal instincts always kick in at some point. The problem is, when it does, your tort pays for it. So why not just play it safe.
Btw, besides Aldabramans professional training experience. Tom also is an animal trainer, not just of dogs, but many animals. The knowledge of animal instinct is over flowing on this forum.
 

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Thank you all for sharing your experiences and concerns for my little buddy.

I am not a certified dog trainer like Tom and Graig are, but I did a lot of research when I got the dog.
I watched hours and hours of Cesar Millan and other trainers' videos, learned how dog minds work, and I did start him right. Same way I learned how reptile minds work and didn't get a friend for my Aldabra even though it would only cost me a few hundred dollars more. I never taught him the military type of commands instead I taught him cute tricks but I did teach him obedience and he knows the limits and his place in the pack.
He is a fetch addict, he loves playing with and chewing tennis balls. The vet says his teeth look as if he is chewing on rocks because all day long he has a ball in his mouth. He walks for miles twice a day.

If I lock him in a cage with a tortoise for a week then he will kill the tortoise out of frustration. If your dog gets ample training, exercise, stimulation, attention, affection then he will obey and behave.
 

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Today was the coldest day of the year. The highest temp all day was 60F and tonight will drop to 50F. I opened his door to see if he wanted out to eat but he chose to spend the whole day inside. Lately, he even gets inside by himself in the afternoon and lays next to the heater. Smart boy :p

I know it is not possible to overfeed but if it is then I am doing it!

He is so spoiled he has not eaten a single hibiscus or mulberry leaf since the day I got him. He prefers mallow, cactus pads, and flowers.

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Who said tortoises don't celebrate Christmas?:tort::<3::tort::<3::tort:
 

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Today was the coldest day of the year. The highest temp all day was 60F and tonight will drop to 50F. I opened his door to see if he wanted out to eat but he chose to spend the whole day inside. Lately, he even gets inside by himself in the afternoon and lays next to the heater. Smart boy :p

I know it is not possible to overfeed but if it is then I am doing it!

He is so spoiled he has not eaten a single hibiscus or mulberry leaf since the day I got him. He prefers mallow, cactus pads, and flowers.

Before and after meal
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Who said tortoises don't celebrate Christmas?:tort::<3::tort::<3::tort:
They don't. You do. If I was the tortoise that would drive me insane and maybe blind too!
Sorry, no offense meant.
 

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They don't. You do. If I was the tortoise that would drive me insane and maybe blind too!
Sorry, no offense meant.
Thanks for the warning I never thought of that but no worries it's on a timer starting long after he is locked in the box. I always welcome all criticism that is why I created this thread so I can improve.
 

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I have been postponing an update for a while because I first wanted to install a pair of gas struts I got for the box. In order to do that I need to take apart the top and 2 side panels, strip off the insulation, add framing where the struts will be screwed on, assemble everything again. I have been busy/lazy lately so that project is still pending. I wish I thought of this provision when I was constructing the box... Well, the second one will be perfect!


The tort seems to be doing ok, slowly but steadily gaining weight. I don't know if the growth rate is healthy but at least he is growing.

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His enclosure's baby leaf salad mix garden is flourishing but he ignores it (the picture is staged hehe). 95% of his diet is opuntia pads and 5% hibiscus blossoms. I try to introduce some collard greens, radish leaves, he ignores them. Mallow was one of his favorites but I haven't seen him nibbling on it lately.

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It's been really cold at night goes down to 38-41F (3-5C). The little oil radiator is working non-stop and manages to raise the temps up to 77F(25C) which is sufficient. I added a heat mat in one corner that was approximately 85-90F (30-33C) warm. He only used it the second night then avoided it so I removed it a few weeks later. Thankfully we get lots of sunshine during the daytime, temps go up to 65F(18C) so he comes out between 10 am-3 pm to eat and bask and usually goes back inside by himself unless he decides to hide in a bush.
Last week was cloudy and rainy, he didn't leave the box for 2 days. He didn't even move a muscle. He likes to always park at the same spot around and next to the radiator.
The dirt in the corner has roselle hibiscus seeds. I am trying to germinate them early on so they are monsters in August. This plant I learned from one of Tom's post, check it out. Even though I have never seen it grown before I am hoping it will do well in my area.

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I have finally finished the adjacent greek tort enclosure. I can now separate the male from the female before that mad rapist wakes up in a couple of months.
The next project I need to get my head around is the pond. The summer sun is very hot and temps can often go over 100F. I envision a 2x2 ft concrete pond in the corner with a bottom pipe for easy drainage. I will need to also cover it on top with some shade cloth otherwise the tort is just gonna boil in there.

Let me know if you have any suggestions on the pond design.

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