I'm definitely not doing anything special Greg. I'm really trying not to get fast growth or anything. But boy I tell yah. For sure she's taking off on the growth big time.
* WOW, our three year old's are usually in the 11" or so range, LOL!I'm definitely not doing anything special Greg. I'm really trying not to get fast growth or anything. But boy I tell yah. For sure she's taking off on the growth big time.
* Here are two three year olds, both hatched in April of 2011. They are both between 11" to 12" SL and both within the 7 to 8 pound range!Good god really? That's crazy, why would blossom be so big then? I mean the greenhouse is about the same temperature and humidity as south Florida where you are. 80-100% humidity all the time and 80-88 all the time. Her enclosure during the winter is 10x8 so she's not fat. Her outside enclosure is 35x40 and eats nothing but grass. She's super smooth, walks perfect, and stands up like an "H" not showing splay legs. Man I don't want to end up with a accelerated grown tortoise. But can't really tell them not to eat grass I guess. Ha
* LOL, You may have the future next world record for the worlds largest tortoise!It could be the greenhouse does not cool into the mid to lower 70's. those "winter" temps likely slow down the metabolism. My aldabra is about the same age as yours and not as large. Living outside except nights. Eating weeds... will not eat grass except for the seeds and seed pods. Mine seems to be growing more quickly now that night time temps are not getting below 75- and highs are approaching 90. This is all pure speculation on my part. Just going along the formula that the alligator farms use- faster growth rate by keeping them at upper temps year round. Also- tortoises are not alligators.
Could also be the Shaquille O'Neal of tortoises.