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In Topic: Beginning Of Pyramiding?

17 May 2016 - 02:42 PM

That is seriously huge! In the wild a 6 month old would be not a lot bigger than when it hatched. They would still be under 20 grams the following spring after hibernation. This is how the pattern is set for future good growth. Tortoises grown very fast will eventually show problems. This has been shown on autopsies of dead tortoises. Canadian tortoises are not a larger version, they are still basically hermanns tortoises, whether imported or bred in the country. They have evolved over millions of years and aren't going to change in just a few TBH. I realise you are probably trying to make the OP feel better, but it's not really a good idea to say that fast grown torts are fine unless obviously you have experienced this to adulthood.


Don't put words in my mouth - I only said my baby is also on the bigger side.  It's quite possible that 'ours' came from a bigger line - who knows what animals were imported and what the recent breeding has been.  I seriously doubt we have a huge and varied genetic pool to draw from here.  And of course, that could be an issue, but only time will tell.


I am not doing anything to promote rapid growth.  I have no desire for rapid growth.  If I had my druthers, I'd rather have a smaller than a larger adult at the end of it all.


If health issues show up down the road due to a genetic size anomaly - then that's out of my control.  I don't want to feel guilty for providing improper care if there was no improper care.


Another thing it could be is environment.  Most of us have forced air heating - and the climate in much of the country is drier than in England or central Europe and I assume the Mediterranean coast as well, although I haven't had the opportunity to check that out for myself.   It seems counter-intuitive to me, but perhaps that somehow contributes to larger babies. 


And really, what are we supposed to do at this point?  Provide sub-optimal care to try to stunt growth?  I'm not doing that to what looks like a healthy animal.

In Topic: Beginning Of Pyramiding?

16 May 2016 - 08:54 PM

If it helps, my 5.5 month old weighed 76 grams two weeks ago, up from 59 grams the month before.


Maybe Canadian tortoises are a larger version.


I try not to get hung up on weight if the animal looks healthy and doesn't look too thin or too fat.  A bit hard to tell with a tortoise if you haven't been around enough to get a good base line, but looking at lots of photos helps.

In Topic: Rather Pleased

01 May 2016 - 08:46 PM

Congrats! :)


I have some health issues (arthritis related, but not actually full-blown arthritis - except for my back).  I also do much better if I can stay fit.  Several years ago I stepped out side of the box (for me) and took a rather girly dance class...I was in the best shape ever.  But it was hard to get to, I stopped going...and have slipped backwards.  And while I enjoyed the class and my cohorts, I always felt out of place...I'm not all that girly for a girl.


So last fall I started martial arts as well...


Don't laugh...but I'm doing combat training with a focus on stick work... :happy:


I take lessons in fits and starts...so I'm not progressing as well as I would taking regular weekly lessons...but I like this much better than dance class...


I also have a mini-gym set up...treadmill, boxing bag (for stick work), flat bench (easier on my back than doing exercises on the floor) and a ballet barre for stretching (no ballet)...I still also want to get a chin up bar.  I think that will cover everything I do.


I am hoping to keep myself fit in between going for combat sessions...


This is all on top of walking dogs, mucking with horses, and tortoise bathing, etc., but since I am a fair-weather outdoors person, I need to stay motivated to keep my body moving during the bad weather...and all winter, lol.


I'll tell you one thing, I'm the only middle-aged woman at the dojo...that I've seen at any rate... :rolleyes:

In Topic: Slow Worm Pics

14 April 2016 - 04:44 PM

Yes.  I've seen legless lizards...somewhere.  Zoo?  But certainly not locally!


Very cool! :)

In Topic: Slow Worm Pics

14 April 2016 - 02:40 PM

I've never seen one at all I don't think!  Native to England?