Juvenile Shyness

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Is there a typical age/size when juvenile shyness tends to go away?
I think it depends on the tortoise...just like people are different, animals are too. I mess with my young torts and play with them and that usually stops the shyness...
 

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I think it depends on the tortoise...just like people are different, animals are too. I mess with my young torts and play with them and that usually stops the shyness...
Thank you. Yes, I was referring specifically to Aldabras.
 

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All of the Aldabras I've been around of all ages are more shy than most other common species. I don't know that they grow out of it. Have you seen any bold and outgoing adults?

With most of my other species, I see marked improvement around year 3 or 4.
 

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All of the Aldabras I've been around of all ages are more shy than most other common species. I don't know that they grow out of it. Have you seen any bold and outgoing adults?

With most of my other species, I see marked improvement around year 3 or 4.
I haven't been around many, unfortunately. The adults that I've seen videos of appear to be relatively outgoing - compared to say a Leopard. I have noticed a change around year 3-4 with other species.
 

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I've had leopards and now aldabras and leopards are much more shy from my experience. they have natural predators, aldabras do not. My 7 year old is pretty outgoing, my 4 year olds are still pretty shy
 

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That's good to hear, Ben. My Aldab is about 4 years old now. It sounds it's reasonable to expect her shyness to decrease. How long have you been keeping Aldabs?
 

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That's good to hear, Ben. My Aldab is about 4 years old now. It sounds it's reasonable to expect her shyness to decrease. How long have you been keeping Aldabs?
Got my first aldabra in Sept of 2013. So, not that long, but raised and bred PP Leopards the 10 years before that.
 

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I think shyness is their second most useful attribute in surviving to adulthood....

Jamie
 

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