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Discussion in 'Aldabra tortoises' started by Jerry7777, Feb 18, 2012.

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  1. Jerry7777

    Jerry7777 Member 5 Year Member

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    Just got my first Aldabra hatchling. She is from Bob Clarks captive female and fathered by a male from the Tulsa Zoo here in Oklahoma, so she is an Oklahoma born and bred Aldabra! She hatched on Feb. 6 at the Tulsa Zoo. She doesn't have a name yet, still working on that... well her she is

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    Jacqui Wanna be raiser of Lemon Drop tortoises Moderator 10 Year Member!

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    Now that is a face that would melt any heart. So Clark has atleast one of his females living at the zoo for breeding?
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    Jacob New Member 5 Year Member

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    Congrats, Welcome :)
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    WOW, That little one is still brown, very young for sure.
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    Jacob New Member 5 Year Member

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    Yea it is very young, is that an egg tooth?
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    Jerry7777 Member 5 Year Member

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    Thank you. Yes he does have at least one female at the zoo for breeding not sure how long she will be there though.
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    :tort: Yes!

    :tort: And I do not see a nuchal scute!
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    Jerry7777 Member 5 Year Member

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    Yes she still has her egg tooth. Yes Greg she was only 6 days old when we got her last saturday at the NARBC show in Arlington,Tx. I think i took these photos last sunday but she is still very brown. She has not yet been able to get out in the sunshine its just been too cold here, but maybe this week we are supposed to see the mid 60's. So just the UV light for now. I'm using a 10.0 flourescent UVB bulb. Do you think that is sufficient for her?
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    Wow she is soooooooooo cute :)
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    :tort: Ours turn colors within the first ten days. We keep ours outside during the day in the pure sunshine.

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    Jerry7777 Member 5 Year Member

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    Wow. Hopefully she can go out tomorrow or at least this week. Just too cold still. When do yours usually start eating Mazuri? She hasn't shown any interest in it yet.
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    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator 10 Year Member!

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    Aldabraman what would be the signification of no nuchal scute?
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    :tort: We do not feed any of our new hatchlings any commercial foods.

    :rolleyes: The one you have is very young, has the egg sack closed all the way and healed?

    :p If possible to post a picture of the bottom for a visual!
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    WOW ..... shes a beut!

    " CONGRADS"

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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    :p 1.34% of all aldabras genetically do not have a nuchal scute. We have hatched some, however most always have it.

    :D This is a good picture of one with a nice nuchal scute!

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    :D This a good picture of one that does not have a nuchal scute!

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    wow, that is Young.. Id be scared..
    I really wish breeders would hold them for at least 2-3 months before selling.. get them started well and on the right track..
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    :tort: Lets hope all will be fine!
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    No need to be scared or intimidated by them being young as far as im concerned, as long as all needs are met there's no reason she shouldn't be fine. I've raised plenty of young torts and hatched and raised many other reptiles before including chameleons and geckos. i see nothing wrong with selling young animals that are going to someone who is experienced with keeping other tortoises or reptiles in general. Aldabras are said to be one of the more forgiving species, so as long as basic husbandry needs are met all should be fine. This one has already received more attention than any tortoise that i've ever owned that's for sure!!! Greg, i will try to take a few pics of her underside tomorrow, hopefully outside in the sunshine:)[hr]
    i almost forgot, i actually think she does have a nuchal scute. It's just so small it's hard to see in the pics;)
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    Yes a very beautiful tort for sure
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