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Daisy or Duke Moving Outside?

Discussion in 'Sulcata tortoises' started by Kristy1970, Nov 17, 2018.

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    I'm going to post some pictures from my phone in a couple minutes because I'm using my laptop to type (too slow to text). Please review her growth pattern and based on that information, how long before she will be big enough to live outside full-time? Of course she'd had a heated night box and get locked up at night. Thanks in advance.
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    286 grams today and still 4 inches.
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    Daisy/Duke was curious about her weight too :tort::rolleyes:o_O;):cool::p:D:tort::tort::tort::tort:
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    I think she still has a few years to go before she can be outside permanently.
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    Do you live in florida?
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    350 grams, 4.75 inches [emoji847] IMG_3932.jpg
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    We are going to build a small barn/shed this summer at our new property, humid hide in it ... and a small cut out door and outside area covered with wire, we will be At the property when not working and sleeping next door at neighbors in their detached apartment [emoji847]
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    That’s the plan, but we need to cut down a few trees and haul dirt, HOW do I keep ants out???.. I can’t get rid of them in her outdoor enclosure here! She is out in sun now in kiddie pool with hay on the bottom instead of in her big enclosure! It’s 75 outside here with 71% humidity, she is basking in warm water dish [emoji23]
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    Her shell temp is 90, it’s been 2 weeks since she got fresh sunshine
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    South Louisiana, in my option it’s more humid here than in Florida.
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    Sigh
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    IMG_0206.jpg we can’t fill her up, resorted to stalking grazing OMg we can’t keep her safe from predictors and keep her happy, the struggle is real[emoji20]... HELP
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    Bought that orange stuff... will document results
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    I move them outside full time in spring once they reach 8-10".

    If you are having trouble finding enough food, its time to start adding bulk like grass, grass hay, opuntia pads, mulberry and grape leaves etc...
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    @Tom ... spring time! Food galore [emoji847] IMG_1558125517.897893.jpg
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    Opitunia pads are finally growing!
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    Yay!!! I’m getting a ton of new growth on mine with all the rain and the warm temps. I cut a bunch of pads and started new plants last month and some of those are showing new growth too. The ones I cut off of have new pads that went from spurs to full pads in a week... it’s crazy! I’m sure thankful though cause my big one eats them daily.
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