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#1 babettebeau

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Posted 27 November 2016 - 08:56 AM

Good morning

Yesterday I tried to measure the length my two Hermann yearlings for the first time and it was difficult.

When I put them on a piece of paper and head against the wall they resisted very strongly with their front legs to get their head in, even if I encouraged them by touching their head and legs. I did not want to use force on them and I actually felt that the experience was stressful for them. So I did not get a measurement.

So my question is: is it really necessary to measure the length of captive tortoises?
Would the plastron length be a method of measurement?

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Posted 27 November 2016 - 10:24 PM

No, the plastron length is not the same, being much shorter than straight carapace length. If you pop tinies onto a tape measure and look down on them, it's pretty easy to get a SCL. You ask if it's necessary, no it's not, other than to gauge if they are growing well, as in comparing each years growth. Here's a good way of seeing if they are growing normally. http://www.tlady.cla...tGuide/diet.htm

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 01:32 PM

Thanks a lot Sue.

They both fall into my little finger length (front of carapace to back of the carapace), so that's good.

Sabina






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