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animallover53

Member Since 20 Jan 2016
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In Topic: Beginning Of Pyramiding?

16 May 2016 - 10:45 PM

I'm pretty sure it's acurate? It's a digital food scale that I use to weigh my food. It's the only one I have and I can't afford to get another one right now. Hopefully it is? It weighs my food right, lol.
 
Substrate is eco-earth coconut coir but I bought some plain black soil (with no additives or anything) to mix in to make it better for digging. He loves to dig and sleeps buried. I'll have to get temps/humidity reading when I get back home.
 
I don't feed any pellets or dried food. I don't yet have any weeds or anything grown (I've tried feeding him dandelion from the untreated yard but he won't touch the stuff). I can't grow anything inside right now because I have a cat that will eat any plant in sight, no matter where I put it (and I have no rooms to close the plants in) So right now he gets a mix of greens from the grocery store because it's all I have access to. It has different types of baby lettuces, raddicchio and frisee in it.

In Topic: Beginning Of Pyramiding?

16 May 2016 - 03:24 PM

Thank you, guys, for setting me straight. It seems that other forum has led me astray when it comes to feeding. I'll try spreading it out for him and see if that helps.

 

As for his weight, my scale shows 97g =\ Geez.

 

So, am I seeing signs of pyramiding or are his growth lines just messed up because he's growing too fast? If I cut back his food a little and make him walk around to find it, will that help set him on the right track??


In Topic: Beginning Of Pyramiding?

16 May 2016 - 04:39 AM

I found out he hatched 10/26/2015.


In Topic: Beginning Of Pyramiding?

16 May 2016 - 12:00 AM

A growth line is the new shell development around each scute. It is the lighter area. Needs to be kept to a minimum. I weigh and record my hatchlings every week so that I can check on growth. You don't want them qaining too much weight too quickly. A couple of grams month at this age. Treat yourself to some digital scales. It will be worth the investment. Tortoise are programmed to eat so will eat as much as you put in front of them. Last photo looks normal.

How much should I be feeding him? I was told on another tortoise forum to put food down and let him eat as much as he wants.


In Topic: Beginning Of Pyramiding?

15 May 2016 - 06:01 PM

How old is your hatchling and how much does it weigh? The growth lines appear to be a slightly larger than I would so on my own hatchlings. They need to be as small as posible, just like a pencil line. Though it could be the photo. Do you weigh him regularly?

I should add... I have no idea what growth lines are.