5 Year Member
- May 7, 2011
- Location (City and/or State)
- Broomfield, Colorado
Kristina said:Both are WC. The female looks more like she suffered an injury rather than had nutrition issues, or was born with a slight defect. I have one tortoise that is slightly "out of round" and one that has a rear foot that doesn't face quite the direction it should. Either way it was a long time ago.
The rough texture of the vertabral scutes and the thickness of the growth lines are what tell me this. In the wild Russians grow in short, fast spurts, as their growing period is only about 3 months of the year. The female also appears to be older than the male. What is her SCL?
Both also appear to be Testudo horsfieldii kazachstanica. That is the BIGGEST indicator that the pet store probably lied. I have 4 T.h.k. myself, but I purchased them all at the same time from the same importer. I am 99.9% sure yours came in on the same shipment together.
Wow, thank you for that information. To answer your question about their size, as of 5/22/2011:
SCL = 10.4 cm (4.1 in)
Mass = 360g (0.8 lbs)
SCL = 9.5 cm (3.7 in)
Mass = 325 (0.7 lbs)
That's awesome that you could identify them to subspecies. When you get the chance, could you explain how to distinguish among the three different subspecies of Russian tortoise?