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Stump Sulcata Tortoise 2yrs 2mo old bed comparison

He is sooo small in his old bed @ 8 months. Look at him now.
@ryan57 The back part of his carapace is depressed. Why is it? Maybe I didn't pay enough attention to other growing sulcatas but it has really catched my eye.

Apparently genetics comes into play and with the ones coming from Mali or the more Eastern part of the continent being more pronounced. Like you I did not really notice until about 5lbs. Seems more pronounced in males as well... My little one has the same thing going on. Smoother shell because he stays in a humid enclosure but Stump grew so fast that on a week by week basis I had been measuring the "pyramiding" between his primary scutes (the ones he was hatched with) and the valley between them. Last week he was at 3/8 of an inch which showed up in photos and this week it was 1/8" or less. This leads me to believe that it is not really pyramiding. It is probably more like spreading and then filling out.
 

This is one that Tom bred and is awesome. Still has a depression in the same spot. Less pronounced.
 

This is one that Tom bred and is awesome. Still has a depression in the same spot. Less pronounced.
By a concidence, I've been looking at Thomas photos today :) And at some other sulcatas too. Many have that "Porsche 911"-style carapace.
 

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