Turbo looks great! I found that hand feeding a few times a week brought mine outta’ her shell - so to speak. Certainly made her take notice when I came to her & now she will come to me looking for a handout. Her favorite is hibiscus flowers. I think the bright colors attract.
There are no other pics? I can’t imagine a 9 yo Aldabra being that small. Certainly even if it was 50-60lbs it would not be considered “ full grown “ at 9.
The only way to know what’s going on here is to visually inspect the tortoise in person. A few things about this ad don’t add up.
Absolutely not. Any seller that told me that would NOT get my business. Mortality rates in the wild are high -yes. But in captivity they should be very low, we adjust for food, temps, hydration, humidity , and predation.
You ask a very difficult question to answer. If it were me, I think I’d take a chance on the young one because at least you will be in control of care in that formative first year. If I could, I’d get 2 young ones , raise them for 3-5 yrs & sell one to more than pay for my other one. Wish I’d...
This question gets asked allot. Not just with Aldabra, but others as well. Though I’ve had a reasonable amount of experience with torts, I opted to purchase a 6 mo old Aldabra myself for several reasons , not the least of which is the certainty that she was well started. I also got mine from...
Healthy by visual inspection is only one aspect. And pictures are even harder to asses. Are you able to see this one in person first?
How they walk - look for back legs especially , in an H form directly under body.
Eyes - are they clear & open?
Nose - clear with no runny discharge...
CupCake a bit over 30lbs now. Very friendly & follows me around the yard ( for a treat I suppose ). About every 6 weeks or so I get a squash & microwave it. CupCake luvs her some squash :).
About every 2 weeks she gets a pile of greens with calcium powder on it. Most of the time she just...
I am certainly not an authority. But when I decided to get an Aldabra, my preparation involved reading allot about their history, current wild populations, breeding programs as well as availability and care.
In that process this is in general what I understand.
- At one time there were...
An Aldabra could be raised anywhere , it depends on how much space, $, and effort you are willing to put into it.
Keep in mind the basics
Light , including UV
Food / nutrition needs.
As they grow these change. A big one would be kinda like keeping a horse in...
Well , we are coming into our summer now & my torts are loving it. Got CupCake a pile of Cactus pads today. One of her favorite foods. Took a weight - 27lbs now. Still kinda a slow grower compared to some , but healthy and strong so that’s all that matters.
She turned 4 in Jan. Only a...
Great to see a Buddy update. A unique tortoise with a unique history.
I use a pig pad too. But with CupCake , she has a much smaller hide so the pad alone provides enough heat. It was 42f when I got up this morning & her hide was 76f.
We are having a cold ( for us ) winter. The pad has...
I once had a little Leopard that was picky like that. I soaked the Mazuri & mushed it onto the Roman leaves ( she was addicted to Romain ) till she liked the Mazuri. Then I mixed the Mazuri onto whatever else I wanted her to eat & made the transition. Worked well.