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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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    Having a soak:)
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    Nice outside pen!
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    Looks like she has gotten pretty dark already. It would be nice, as ALDABRAMAN I believe stated, if you would keep this an ongoing thread of here progress. As you know, we don't have many Aldabras on here. Except for the few that ALDABRAMAN has held back for a growing experiment, which he then sold (CC:(:p ) you are the only other one that I know of on here to raise one from a hatchling.
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    Jerry7777 Member 5 Year Member

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    Thanks Greg.
    i don't know if you can see it or not but in the second pic of her, notice how the new growth between the scutes is raised so much. Is that pretty consistent with the growth of yours also? will it go down as the scutes grow? I really dont want her to have any pyramiding!! though this is kind of the opposite.[hr]
    Don't worry i will be posting as often as possible!!
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    Yes, I see what you are speaking of. I do not know why some do that! Some of ours have done that and others have not. It never continues past the first bump/growth mark. We have been consistent and still have some do that. My original thoughts were that they are growing too fast at first, however now I am not sure. Kristina had a great response in another thread about that same issue, I can't find it now. The ones I notice that do that are the first to hatch out of the clutch and seem to develop very fast in growth. I hope someone, maybe Kristina can repost her answer here again. My thoughts is that she will continue to grow smooth from this point on, some of ours have followed that pattern.

    Is she over 30 days old yet?
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    Jerry7777 Member 5 Year Member

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    Yes. She hatched on Feb. 6. It really has only started doing this since she has had her big growth spurt. She has grown a lot over the last 2 weeks or so. So maybe that does have something to do with it.
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    Beautiful baby.... congrats!
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    That is what we have noticed also, the ones that seem to grow slower are the ones that do not have that upward growth.
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    Jerry7777 Member 5 Year Member

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    Getting a little darker after a few hours of sunshine the last two days. 80 degrees here the last two days!
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    She's getting there.:D
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    She is for sure getting darker! Nice!
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    Just out of her soak!
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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

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    She has really changed since you first showed her to us when you first got her. I am impressed.
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    just a quick update. I think we have decided to name her Asha, which is an African name meaning "life". Also, she is now up to 108grams. A few new pics from her time outside today.

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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    She's a looker. I like the name. She must have enjoyed the sun and all that great greenery to eat.
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    Great name, the sunshine and vegetation looks good.
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    Thanks. i forgot to mention all the little white specks on her shell is just dried pieces of sphagnum moss, not bugs or anything like that!
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    :p It looked to me like pieces of here substrate from digging in!
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    Okay, sorry to hijack, but can someone tell me if these guys grow fast like a sulcata? How long to reach adulthood? I want one soo bad but they live so long and I want to see it full grown. Babies are great and all, but I want to see it grown up.
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