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  1. Destben

    Destben Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys,
    I know I have posted about this before but I’m wondering if this is healthy or if my tort my have pituitary glad issues or something. She has been gaining about 30 grams a month since I got her and she was 31 when I got her. Now that she’s past 100g I feel like it’s picking up. Does anyone else have a leopard tort that grows at this kind of rate? If so did it slow down later on? IMG_7450.jpg IMG_7449.jpg
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    The first picture is from the December date and it was 20 grams gained the first month and has been increasing since then.
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    What do you feed? I have always noticed mazuri puts size on them faster then if it's not fed.
    I really wouldn't worry about it. S/he might just going to be a larger tort then one growing slower.
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    Dizisdalife Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I can't answer your question. But it is just so refreshing to see a post about growth exceeding expectations. It seems your leopard is thriving.
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    I do feed Mazuri most days but i didn't get Mazuri till a couple months into having her/him and i have been slowing down since some one told me that. I have been ecstatic about the growth, but now that its picking up It just has me worried. She/hes 5 1/2 months and I am seeing some 1 year olds around his size. I know they all grow differently though.
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    Thank you. I'm just worried to much growth could be bad and also she might eat me out of house and home before long lol jk.
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    Here she is as of today. That’s a 7 gram gain in 5 days and I soak her and make sure she poops before weighing.
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    Here is the actual weight/measurements that I kept track of she only had one period of time when she didn’t make progress and that was a period of 6 days when she was eating her substrate.
    9-27-17: 31g: 1 month

    10-26-17: 52g: 2 months
    11-9-17: 69g: 2 months


    11-12-17: 73g: 2 months
    11-15-17: 79g: 3 months


    11/18/2017: 78g: 3 months (took a big poop)
    11/21/2017: 80g: 3 months

    11/26/17: 84g: 3 months

    12/1/17: 90g: 3 months


    12/9/2017: 98g: 3 months

    12/15/17: 98g: 4 months - had been eating eco earth substrate instead of food so substrate was switched back to repti soil to stop this habit. Should be seeing a difference in weight soon.
    12/17/17: 104g: 4 months (after two big poops!!!

    12/24/17: 112g: 3 inches: 4 months

    1/1/18: 118g: 3 inches: 4 months
    1/4/18: 123g: 3 inches: 4 months

    1-17-18 134g: 3 inches: 5 months

    1/29/2018: 147g: 3 inches:5 months

    2/3/2018: 154g: 3 1/4in: 5 months

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    Wow i love the progress. Keep it up!
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    Thought I would update Torterra’s progress:

    9-27-17: 31g: 1 month

    10-26-17: 52g: 2 months
    11-9-17: 69g: 2 months


    11-12-17: 73g: 2 months
    11-15-17: 79g: 3 months


    11/18/2017: 78g: 3 months (took a big poop)
    11/21/2017: 80g: 3 months

    11/26/17: 84g: 3 months

    12/1/17: 90g: 3 months


    12/9/2017: 98g: 3 months

    12/15/17: 98g: 4 months - had been eating eco earth substrate instead of food so substrate was switched back to repti soil to stop this habit. Should be seeing a difference in weight soon.
    12/17/17: 104g: 4 months (after two big poops!!!

    12/24/17: 112g: 3 inches: 4 months

    1/1/18: 118g: 3 inches: 4 months
    1/4/18: 123g: 3 inches: 4 months

    1-17-18 134g: 3 inches: 5 months

    1/29/2018: 147g: 3 inches:5 months

    2/3/2018: 154g: 3 1/4in: 5 months


    2/10/2018: 160g: 3 1/4 in : 5 months

    2/14/18 : 163g : 3 1/4 in: 5 months


    2/28/18 : 178g : 6 months

    3/12/18: 183g: 6 months

    4/12/18: 210g: 4 inches: 7 months



    4/18/18: 219g: 4in: 8 months



    4-27-18: 230g: 4in: 8 months


    5/2/2018: 225g: 8 months: 4 1/2 inches- has done a big poop. Still is eating good.


    5-9-2018, 234g, 4in, 8 months


    5-14-2018: 237g: 8 months old 4in
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    That is good steady growth. Keep up the good work.;)
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    This looks like normal healthy growth to me. This is how they should be growing when they are started right. A gram a day is great for a new hatchling, and yes, it should accelerate as they gain size.

    237 is middle of the road for an 8 month old. 500-600 would be what I'd consider "fast" growth for an 8 month old leopard.
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    My gulf coast box turtle is currently gaining 30 grams a month and hes a much smaller species. So I wouldn' think that is excessive.
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    Growing into a proper Dinosaur lol
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    Nice!! Must feel good such growth. *glimlach*
    Next time you need both hands. Lol
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    BAM 1 1/2 years old and 6 1/2 inches long [emoji16]
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    What a pretty tortoise!
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