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Photo Showing Growth Progression

30 June 2017 - 05:19 PM

Thought I would share these photo's I took today showing size and weight progression of some of my young tortoises.
Oldest to youngest.
4 in August weight 119g
3 next month weight 77g
2 in August weight 49g
1 next month weight 34g
Hatchling 2 days old 9g

Hope you find this useful.

Egg Delivery

07 May 2017 - 04:37 PM

Kept an eye on her yesterday as knew she was going to lay. When I checked she was in the processes of laying an egg, which I quickly caught on my phone.
Half in half out.
Left her to it.
She laid 3 eggs.

Is It Spring?

08 March 2017 - 07:32 PM

Took this photo at the weekend. All have recovered from their hibernation and putting weight on. Age range from 2013 to 2015 hatched.
Is it Spring? This early weed didn't last long.
Photo taken just after their bath.

Successful Hibernation

22 January 2017 - 05:16 PM

Ronnie has just completed a 12 week hibernation. Pre hibernation weight was 89g (post wind down) and he went into fridge end of October. Post hibernation weight 89g. Lost no weight. Has had a bath / drink and is eating again.
He is now 3 1/2 years old and has been hibernated every year.
I do find it easier to let young tortoises start hibernation wind down late autumn then try to keep them awake a bit longer.
picture take today.

Shell Growth - First 2 Years

27 September 2016 - 05:38 PM

Hi, just seeking some feedback on shell growth from those of you that have managed to hatch and grow their tortoises on into adulthood.

To say that I am obsessed with slow smooth growth is an understatement.

The first photo is of one of my eldest hatchlings. 3 years 1 month and 104grams. This is the smooth growth I am looking for.

The next 5 photos are of a 2 year 3 month old hatchling. From hatching (June 2014) through to now. Nov14 21g, Apr15 26g, Oct15 38g, Jan16 40g, Sep16 61g.

The last of these photo's, when compared to the others, now shows a slight depression on some of the costal scutes, where the original growth occurred (almost as if the original growth has been affected by something).

Hopefully you can see what I am trying to depict. There is no difference in husbandry. Any suggestions?