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    Advice wanted: Tortoise shed as night/winter enclosure for large tortoise species in a cold climate

    Thank you all for the advice so far! @maggie18fan Yes, I will definitely ensure that the shed is heated, not just relying on the insulation. So the MVB is where they get the UVB light from? Do you let them go outside in the winter months as well to get some natural light? If one MVB suffices...
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    Advice wanted: Tortoise shed as night/winter enclosure for large tortoise species in a cold climate

    Dear all, I will soon start building a shed (5x3m or roughly 16x10 feet) specifically to house my two aldabras (about 2 years old now) at night and during the winter months. I realize that bigger is always better, but rather than building a bigger shed, I was thinking of adding a greenhouse as...
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    Sexing by number of tail scales

    Giving this a bump, would be really informative if someone with adult Aldabras would check this theory with their animals!
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    Sexing by number of tail scales

    The 2nd link is the reference that they give for this scale counting in the 1st link. You're right that the 2nd link doesn't give more information, just a reference to a personal communication. Not exactly the type of scientific data that you'd expect to get from a reference. To be honest I...
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    Sexing by number of tail scales

    Whilst reading some husbandry literature (Raising giant tortoises; https://www.zora.uzh.ch/id/eprint/10240/2/ZAWAM_6V.pdf quite interesting) I found a reference to this paper (Captive breeding of Dipsochelys giant tortoises...
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    Marcel and Susy - Update thread

    Well the porch is basically a greenhouse so the 20°C is really more of a minimum that will quickly be exceeded when the sun is shining. But I'll figure what temperature setpoint works well. They also have their nightbox which is constantly heated. The person (German) who sold me the tortoises...
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    Marcel and Susy - Update thread

    Their enclosure is currently a section (2,35m x 4m) of our glass porch. It has a PVC liner to protect the stones. I put in some grass sod and plants to give it a natural look. I will soon install some 54W T5 UVB and daylight lights, to hopefully keep them healthy and active throughout the...
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    Marcel and Susy - Update thread

    Hey, I wanted to give an update on the two Aldabras that I bought in November last year. I'm very pleased with their overall health and growth! The new growth on their shell seems very smooth. Suzy appears to have a wider shell than Marcel. Marcel: 10/11/2018: 120g and 7,7 cm (plastron)...
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    New outdoor/glass porch heated nightbox

    One more thing, one reason that the box is a little overbuilt. I want it to function as a bench, for me to sit on while watching the tortoises.
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    New outdoor/glass porch heated nightbox

    Pretty pleased with the new nightbox that I've built. I wouldn't be surprised if it is better isolated than my own nighttime enclosure/house. The dimensions are roughly 120x60x60cm. The sides made from: 18mm cedar boards, 6mm plywood, 4 cm PUR, 6mm plywood, reflective bubblewrap. A PVC curtain...
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    Indian stars stunted growth?

    Feedback after 1 week: 3/5 tortoises have grown in length. They haven't gained any weight. They do seem more active.
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    Indian stars stunted growth?

    Let's see how they behave with the plants in there!
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    Indian stars stunted growth?

    Hey @Markw84 for lighting I have 2xT5 lamps which are on a 14h timer. - Philips Master TL5 HO - 39W/865 - Daylight - Arcadia T5 D3 Desert - 39 Watt (12% UVB) Is it possible that 14h of UVB is too much? Any particular reason why you choose to only use those for 6h a day, or is this to extend...
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    Indian stars stunted growth?

    Dear @Markw84 thank you for your reply! I've attached a picture of the current enclose (with the large water bowl; which was added this week) and the enclosure when I originally set it up. Back then I got the feedback that there were too many hazards for tipping over. Gradually I've removed...
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    Indian stars stunted growth?

    I acquired 5 indian star tortoises which were hatched in captivity in 2018, but recently they appear to have stopped growing. I used to feed mostly greens, but after they stopped growing I started feeding them Mazuri about twice a week. Their lighting is T5 UVB lamps, with a ceramic lamp for...
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