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Discussion in 'Aldabra tortoises' started by Yellow Turtle, Oct 6, 2012.

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  1. sonykurniawan

    sonykurniawan Member 5 Year Member

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    Hi Yellow Turtle, thankyou for the update. As usual... Very nice pics:D
    Keep them coming
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    LisaTurtle Member 5 Year Member

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    I really love the last 2 pics, the black & brown in his shell is so pretty! Love his name too by the way!
  3. Yellow Turtle

    Yellow Turtle Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Hi sony. Thank you very much and waiting for you to update your radiated pictures as well.

    Thank you and yes, I like his name as well. I'm curious as well with the colour phase there, but I think at the end they should turn all black.
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    Adorable!
  5. Yellow Turtle

    Yellow Turtle Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Thank you!!
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    hanzel Member 5 Year Member

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    your doing great job yellow turtle,megatron has grown well,smooth shell
    pliz keep update your megatron :)
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    emystiong Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Great job !!

    Have you noticed or recorded somewhere how much growth your " little guy" has grown on a yearly basis ?
    Growth rate in Asia are faster as growth season is at least 10 mths per year as compared to 4-6 mths in the US ( even with animals maintained 24/7 indoors )


    Correct me if I am wrong on growth period per year or we could compare notes on growth rate of several species of hatchlings ie sulcata , Indian star , elongata , Radiata ......... etc

    Cheers
  8. Yellow Turtle

    Yellow Turtle Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Thank you and yes, I'll try to keep continuous update.

    Thanks Sam.

    I haven't really noticed any difference in the growth rates between rainy and dry seasons for my aldabra. Because I see that this aldabra really eats a lot and the factor I monitor is the more I give it high protein diet like mazuri, the faster their growth rate.

    But I do see faster growth rate on my leopard tortoise during the dry season. I think the hot temperature accelerates the growth rate and because his diet not only relies on natural diet.
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    emystiong Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Was asking as I can get 3-3.5" growth per year for the first 4 or 5 years on a 2-3" hatchlings Aldabra without distorting their shell .


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    This one about 18" now got it as a hatchling back in early 2008 !!

    Cheers
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  10. Yellow Turtle

    Yellow Turtle Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    So far I've never seen 2-3" aldabra sold here in my country.

    My aldabra is around 3.5-4" when I got him. My average growth is 1 cm per month, so I can achieve 4.5" per year with pretty smooth growth.

    I tried to accelerate the growth once using mazuri and greens as staple diet. I could achieve up to 2 cm per month. But I started to see pyramiding occurred, so I went back to heavy fiber diet for now.

    And, that's a really beautiful aldabra you show us. You should show more and bigger pictures of it (them) :D
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    emystiong Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Your result from 1 specimen only - after you got more and try grow them at 4.5" per year you will know that's too much growth !!

    I am speaking on average for this sp under my care .

    Sulcata 'a growth are fast too but can't really match those of an aldabran !!

    Cheers
  12. Yellow Turtle

    Yellow Turtle Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Yes I'm trying to get more, but so far I can't really find a smooth one. They usually already have some pyramiding and I don't want to correct it.

    I wonder what Greg's aldabras growth rate for hatchling and juvenile. Also if Kelly can chime in, as he also just has a hatchling. But I remember Kelly's aldabra growth rate is pretty fast and smooth too.
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    Best is to get them when they still brown ( they turn black in a few weeks ) like these !!

    Male grow faster ? Even as hatchlings ? Have not raise one to adulthood so can't say much .

    Maybe Greg can chip in on growth rate of both sexes .

    Cheers
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  14. Yellow Turtle

    Yellow Turtle Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Lol, I'd definitely get more if I can find brown ones like that. We have none of that here. Usually the ones sold here are around 9 cm and almost all of them have started pyramiding.

    Oh well, I hope Greg come in and share more of his experience, too :)
  15. Yellow Turtle

    Yellow Turtle Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Some small updates for today.

    Eating his daily diet of hay + weeds
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    Beggar face, food please...
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    Butt shot~
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    He does drink a lot!
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    His measurement today is 22.5 cm SCL.
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    Very nice, i wish i can hv one giant aldabra too
  17. Yellow Turtle

    Yellow Turtle Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I wish everyone can have at least one giant aldabra in his house too :D
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    Megatron moving around his bucket during soaking.
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    This is the moment he finally stop moving. Well, after all poo come out :D
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    That growth looks great!
  19. Yellow Turtle

    Yellow Turtle Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Well, Sir, just like your guidance, slow and steady :)
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    * Awesome!

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