Ever Wonder How Fast A Sulcata Can Grow?

Jimb

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wow!! My little Maximus must be a "Pygmy" Sulcata .. he's only grown a little in past 14 months. I'm in no hurry but a little quicker growth would be nice. ;) That's a 6" dish he's sitting in.

Maximus01_02_16.jpg January of 2016 (2 months old)
Maximus12_16_16b.jpg December 2016 (13 months old)
 

Nicole edwards

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Have you taken him to the vet to see if he needs deworming? I had no idea it was possible in a tortoise but I had that problem in the beginning.

QUOTE="Jimb, post: 1434312, member: 77300"]wow!! My little Maximus must be a "Pygmy" Sulcata .. he's only grown a little in past 14 months. I'm in no hurry but a little quicker growth would be nice. ;) That's a 6" dish he's sitting in.

View attachment 196413 January of 2016 (2 months old)
View attachment 196414 December 2016 (13 months old)[/QUOTE]
 

Maro2Bear

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Greetings, here are the data points for all of 2016. Really gives one a good idea on a sulcata's growth

January 2016
  • 03 January - 10.350 lbs
  • 10 January - 11.060 lbs
  • 17 January - 10.900 lbs
  • 24 January - 11.140 lbs
  • 31 January - 12.075 lbs
February 2016
  • 06 February - 12.640 lbs
  • 13 February - 13.200 lbs (scale changed)
  • 20 February - 13.200 lbs
  • 27 February - 13.400 lbs
March 2016
  • 13 March -- 14.00 lbs
  • 20 March -- 14.40 lbs
  • 27 March -- 15.20 lbs
April 2016
  • 03 April -- 15.40 lbs
  • 10 April -- 15.60 lbs
  • 17 April -- 16.80 lbs
  • 24 April -- 17.60 lbs
May 2016
  • 01 May -- 17.60 lbs
  • 08 May -- 18.40 lbs
  • 15 May -- 18.60 lbs
  • 22 May -- 18.80 lbs
  • 29 May -- 20.00 lbs
June 2016
  • 05 June -- 21.20 lbs
  • 17 June -- 21.00 lbs
July 2016
  • 17 July -- 23.20 lbs
  • 24 July -- 24.80 lbs
  • 31 July -- 26.00 lbs
August 2016
  • 07 Aug -- 26.60 lbs
  • 14 Aug -- 27.20 lbs
  • 21 Aug -- 27.60 lbs
  • 28 Aug -- 27.60 lbs
September 2016
  • 04 Sept -- 27.60 lbs
  • 11 Sept -- 28.20 lbs
  • 18 Sept -- 28.60 lbs
  • 25 Sept -- 29.00 lbs
October 2016
  • 02 Oct -- 29.00 lbs
  • 23 Oct -- 31.00 lbs
November 2016
  • 06 Nov -- 31.20 lbs
  • 13 Nov -- 31.50 lbs
  • 20 Nov -- 32.50 lbs
  • 27 Nov -- 33.00 lbs
December 2016
  • 04 Dec -- 34.00 lbs
  • 11 Dec -- 34.00 lbs
  • 18 Dec -- 34.60 lbs
  • 25 Dec -- 34.80 lbs
 

Jimb

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Have you taken him to the vet to see if he needs deworming? I had no idea it was possible in a tortoise but I had that problem in the beginning.

QUOTE="Jimb, post: 1434312, member: 77300"]wow!! My little Maximus must be a "Pygmy" Sulcata .. he's only grown a little in past 14 months. I'm in no hurry but a little quicker growth would be nice. ;) That's a 6" dish he's sitting in.

View attachment 196413 January of 2016 (2 months old)
View attachment 196414 December 2016 (13 months old)
[/QUOTE]

I have and so far so good. He's just a slow grower is all but he has picked up over the past few months. :)
 

kalei01

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Here's almost three years worth of weekly data points on our Sully's growth/weight gain over time:

View attachment 202562

my little guy is now 70 grams have not noticed much growth but gaining weight is always a good sign woohoo no signs of pyramiding yet either his humidity is kept between 70-80 and temps about 86-88
 

Jaz919293

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wow!! My little Maximus must be a "Pygmy" Sulcata .. he's only grown a little in past 14 months. I'm in no hurry but a little quicker growth would be nice. ;) That's a 6" dish he's sitting in.

View attachment 196413 January of 2016 (2 months old)
View attachment 196414 December 2016 (13 months old)
Wow, my Roscoe is similar in size to Maximus. 13 months now and he is about the same size....
 

vetbridge

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My little guy hatched January 20, 2017. He eats anytime he isn't sleeping! I'm going to start weighing/measuring tomorrow.
 

Bee62

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Hello vetbridge, please create a new thread about your problems.
Here in this thread your questions are difficult to find.
Do you have a sulcata hatchling ?
How do you keep him ? What temps and humidity are in the enclosure of your tort?
Can you please show us pictures of the enclosure, your tortoise and your heat and UVB system ?
What do you feed ?
Many questions but they are necessary to help you and your tort.
 

lighthiker2

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here is this year's update on Sullivan


6 months 8-13
363 gm
5" carapace (SCL)

18 months 8-2014
1600 Gm
8" SCL

24 months 1-2015
3200 Gm
10 " SCL

30 months 6-2015
3980 gm (9.2#)
11" SCL

36 months 1/2016
10.564 Kg (23.29#)
15" SCL

48 months 1/2017
19.5 kg (43#)
20" SCL

He walks to door to come in at night and still exhibits decreased activity if below 70 degrees for any length of time (except high 60s for a half hour to munch and sunbathe). When he knows it is warm he goes to the back door and sits in the sun waiting to be taken outside. he has an outdoor habitat but likes milling around the large lush yard with everyone.
 
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