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Aldabra breeding

Discussion in 'Aldabra tortoises' started by waswondering, Aug 29, 2019.

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  1. waswondering

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    Hello @ALDABRAMAN, I was wondering at what age can aldabras breed? what's is the most amount of females aldabras that you would be able to breed to 1 male aldabra? How old/big do they have to be before they can breed? If you have let's say 10 females that you have put with a male to breed, how many would lay eggs? When they lay eggs how many? And how many of those would likely hatch?
    The reason I ask is I have aldabra that I want to keep in one cage but won't if they have a ton of babys because I'm not a reputable seller so I wont be able to sell any.
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    That didnt answer my question at all....
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    If you can't sell babies and you don't want a bunch of babies then you need to keep the females away from the males. One male with the ten females would likely try to breed everyone and they have very large clutches. The hatch rate depends mostly on how well you care for the eggs. Having eggs is not cheap, a lot of work and even more work once they hatch.
    I do hope you aren't keeping any Aldabras in a cage. They need land to roam not a cage!
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    Mine have an acre free to them. I have room for probably 70 adults because I own 15 acres. I want to breed aldabra but I dont wanna be in it for the money.
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    What upgrades have you made to make a climate like they need most?
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    I have a 10'x10' watering hole, 5 mud pit (that they made) and I planted trees so when the sprinklers go off it stays humid for about an 3 hours then the sprinklers go off again. The sprinklers start at 9 Am and end at 8 PM.
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    Wow! So many folks don’t understand “Torting ain’t easy”
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    Isnt that the truth!
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    Glad you don't have a cage, but land.
    If you can't sell them though like you said, then you would be best to not put a male with females.
    Maybe start out breeding one female. See how well you do with hatching and starting them out properly. The very first clutch you may not get good eggs if it's a first time breeder. You probably won't get a big first clutch either. Try it and see if the work is doable for that clutch and if you can sell them. Make your judgement from there whether you want to continue to breed. Then start out slow, not mixing a male with a bunch of females.
    I don't know at what age they can breed, but I believe it's quite a few, like 10 or more I believe. Possibly more like 15 or more.
    I see your in AZ. That will be harder work and more costly with such dry climate. Doable but costly.
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    Mine are still only 7 years old, but I'm planning for the future! Thanks for the information!
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    I bet there may be a lot of people waiting to be gifted an Aldabra tortoise baby [emoji6]
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    Lol, very expensive gift at 1500-2000 a hatchling.
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    Don't forget the 3000-5000 for enclusure setups- baby, Juvenile X 4, small adult then large adult. They are lovely but not for me!
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    ~ Many have difficulties with this species regarding fertility in captivity. There are many reasons why, the most common in my opinion is the lack of a mature male.

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    Curious. How fast do they grow per year?
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    ~ Many variables, consistent smooth growth is the best.
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