Is my tortoise overweight?

CharlieS2020

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hi its me gain. i was wondering if charlie is over weight. she weighs 106 grams and is 4 and a half inches. why im asking is because i have heard that a year old tortoise should weigh under 100 grams and charlie is 1 year old and is over 100 grams. can you please help me. if charlie is over weight please let me know and tell me what to do to get her to the right weight. Charlie
 

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How are you measuring the length of your tortoise? If it’s 4 1/2 inches it should weigh a lot more than 106 grams in my opinion. You should put her flush up against something and have a ruler or tape measure under her to measure length. Sone people will even trace the outline of the tortoise and measure that, but its not quite as accurate. You shouldn’t go by whatever you read about them being under 100 grams at 1 years old. I am not sure where you read that, but I’d ignore it. Each tortoise grows at different rates.
 

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hi its me gain. i was wondering if charlie is over weight. she weighs 106 grams and is 4 and a half inches. why im asking is because i have heard that a year old tortoise should weigh under 100 grams and charlie is 1 year old and is over 100 grams. can you please help me. if charlie is over weight please let me know and tell me what to do to get her to the right weight. Charlie
Lol my tortoise is not even a year old and weighs 3 pounds almost. I think you’re good :)
 

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How are you measuring the length of your tortoise? If it’s 4 1/2 inches it should weigh a lot more than 106 grams in my opinion. You should put her flush up against something and have a ruler or tape measure under her to measure length. Sone people will even trace the outline of the tortoise and measure that, but its not quite as accurate. You shouldn’t go by whatever you read about them being under 100 grams at 1 years old. I am not sure where you read that, but I’d ignore it. Each tortoise grows at different rates.
so charlie is not over weight and i messerd charlie witha ruler but it wasent that acurate how big do you think she is based on how mcuh she weighs,jsut to guess.
 

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No. You should always have food available for the tortoise they are grazers. I wouldnt worry about the weight.
[/QUOTE hi sorry i havent responded sooner. jsut a quick question i give my tortise two meals a day i dont jsut give her food in the morning to graze on, should i start doing that? also can someone sjut remind me what the diet should be for my tortosie, i know the diat but i jsut want to make sure im not forgetting anything. Charlie
 

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Tortoise get overweight when people feed them CRAP and keep them in a cage. Their little body parts start bulging from their shell as well. Charlie is not overweight.
 

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Tortoise get overweight when people feed them CRAP and keep them in a cage. Their little body parts start bulging from their shell as well. Charlie is not overweight.
okay thank you i heard that charlie should ahve food always avalible at her food dish is taht true? i give her two meals a day some small breakfast and a good size dinner.
 

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No. You should always have food available for the tortoise they are grazers. I wouldnt worry about the weight.
thanks for the reply should i start leaving food out so she can graze. right now i am jsut goveing her two meals a day. so should there always be food avalible at her dish? please help Charlie
 

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As long as its the proper food for your tortoise, you can have food out for it to graze as it wishes. Just make sure uneaten food is discarded when it before it goes bad
 

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As long as its the proper food for your tortoise, you can have food out for it to graze as it wishes. Just make sure uneaten food is discarded when it before it goes bad
okay thank you how much food should i give charlie to graze on i tried it out today and she jsut ate it all in like 20 minutes, dose that mean she dose not have enough food?
 
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