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Uncle Bri Update

Discussion in 'Aldabra tortoises' started by ben awes, Oct 24, 2013.

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    Looks good!
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    Looking good! Looks like uncle bri has some new friends!
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    I love him very much. So pretty, sorry i missed your update. Well, i need more and more picture if you don't mind.
    Look at that rear leg :<3:
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    He's getting big!
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    hi which part of MN you at ., im in Fargo ND we share the same hardy winter weather ...
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    ben awes Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I'm in the Twin Cities - yep, we share the winter problem! Are those your first large tort species? How big are they now?
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    I had them only for 2weeks so I'm pretty new
    And one weigh 24g one is 34g now
    Do any breeders around in the twin cities area ?
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    ben awes Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Couple pics ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1499647794.839318.jpg ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1499647807.093155.jpg
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    Handsome tortoise!
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    Beautiful photos!
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    Great updates Ben , I so wish I'd bitten the bullet and got 2-3 when I bought CupCake. They are one of the few torts that play well together. Truly gentle giants.
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    I should not see this sentence. I don't see it. I don't understand english.
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    Missing Uncle Bri updates :).
    Whenever someone asks me if an Aldabra can be raised up North I send them to this thread. You've shown it can be done well.
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    ben awes Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Uncle Bri and friends are doing well. New ones are growing and active and healthy. Just started letting them spend some time together. They've been here 7 months and have been healthy the whole time. Uncle Bri seems interested at times and they all hang out nearby each other.

    I do have a question that concerns me that I wanted to ask you all about. Last time I checked in i still had Larry Bird, my last holdover Leopard Tortoise hatchling. He was 4ish pounds, several years old and was trying to mount Uncle Bri. You all advised that I might need to consider removing the leopard from the scene because they can bite as part of the mating deal. I did see him nip at Uncle Bri and so I, very reluctantly, sold him this past spring.

    Well, just last week Uncle Bri was trying to mount Job 12:7 (that's my more round one's name)!!! Uncle Bri is just 5 years old, but is he old enough to be mounting? WTH! I thought they were not sexually mature until 25 years old! And, btw, Uncle Bri has always looked female to me; very short tale, more round shell, no concavity to plastron.

    What do folks think? Do females ever exhibit this behavior? Does this mean that Uncle Bri is for sure male?

    Thanks all!
    Ben

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    I've had several experiences with both males & females " mounting " another tortoise. Several species also. And it not be a sexual move.

    Someone with more Aldabras would have a better idea - but. Mounting frequently is a " get outta my space " move. It can be dominance. Not. necessarily a sexual one.

    5 is too young ( I think ) for an Aldabra to have the hormones raging.

    I'll let other more experienced Aldabra keepers weight in. :)
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    What are your plans for housing them when they get much larger?
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    Do you live in the states, if to what state? He looks awesome!
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    ben awes Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I’m constantly thinking about what my plan will be. Currently In the winterthey are housed in my basement, they have an area it’s about 10‘ x 8‘ that will soon be expanded to be about 18‘ x 15‘, with plans in the works for a heated garage, with the possibility of moving to an entirely new property at some point.
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    ben awes Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I live in Minnesota
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    Omg, when did you get two more? I am so behind on your updates here.
    Oh and @ALDABRAMAN if he's not too busy getting his place back together can probably answer your concerns the best.
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