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Meet grandpa Joe

Discussion in 'Aldabra tortoises' started by NorCal tortoise guy, Mar 30, 2018.

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  1. NorCal tortoise guy

    NorCal tortoise guy Well-Known Member

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    Grandpa Joe come to us in December 2017 just a little guy! I have not done a great job of logging hes growth thus far so I'm starting this thread in hopes it will help me do a better job! With any luck someone will enjoy it as well! He settled in fast and started growing like a weed!
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    This is grandpa Joe the week we got him he was 4 and 3/4 inches an 351grams owning an Aldabra has been a long term dream of mine so we are very exited!

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    This is him in about February he was in the 600 gram range and about 6 inches

    I took measurements a couple weeks ago and he was 900 grams and 7 inches long! I can not believe how fast Aldaras grow! Makes my other tortoises look like slow pokes haha


    I took these pictures the other night he is still eating like a shelled pig and growing fast! I love watching the growth lines. image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg

    The weather here is changing fast! we will be able to get some outside time very soon!


    I hope some of you will enjoy fallowing along on our progress and Ill do my best to keep it interesting!
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    Congrats he looks great. How old was he when you got him? Is he one of the imports from Chris of Toucan Jungle? Love the last pic, so pretty.
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    NorCal tortoise guy Well-Known Member

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    Thank you! I don't know exactly how old he was 8 months a year? maybe someone will have a better guess?
    Yes he is an import farm raised but no not from Chris but from Sam at Florida iguana and tortoise dealing with Sam was a pleasure if anyone is wondering about that
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    I see. I assumed Chris seeing your both in CA. I didn't realize Sam had imports. I thought he bred all his. Sam does have a good rep.
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    NorCal tortoise guy Well-Known Member

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    Ya I did contact Chris but he told me 4 inch Aldabas were very hard for him to get these days because other markets don't have the 4 inch law so most all the babies are sold before they get to 4 inches
    Sam has a long standing relationship with the farm in the Seychelles that he uses so he seems to regularly have young one available
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    Congratulations on a cool tortoise!
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    Thank you!
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    Out enjoying the sun today!
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    Did a weigh in yesterday still growing fast!
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    Weigh in 1250 grams!!
    This guys is growing so fast I still can't believe it! He has yet to pay any mind to his cuttle bone so I'm getting calcium powder on order. His diet is almost completely weeds from my yard. I've tried him on grass but as with most babies he dose not eat it as well and broad leaf weeds. He has also been given some spring mix and sweet peppers once in a great while.
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    Waigh in 1420 grams
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    image.jpg image.jpg There is nothing like puting a tortoise outside and watching it just be a tortoise!!!
    5/23/2018
    1449 grams
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    image.jpg Been a wile grandpa joe is still growing and enjoying outside time a offtin as he can get it! Today he is 1750 grams
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    He’s beautiful!!
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    Grandpa Joe is doing well and getting as much outside time as he can before the weather turns cool. At this point my plan is to build him an outdoor enclosure with a heated house this winter so he can move in to it in late spring!
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    OK! He looks awesome!
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    Grandpa joe is still eating and growing well he is now 1875 grams
    I need to get started on his outdoor enclosure soon so it will be ready for him in the spring! (I was spraying him with water in this picture)
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