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Darwin's growth

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  1. jsheffield

    jsheffield Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    Hello TFO,

    I love my redfoot Darwin, I feel as though I'm providing him a good home, and he seems happy and healthy ... lately I've been wondering if he's growing too fast.

    I don't want to kill him with kindness, and overfeeding.

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    Since he's come to live with me, he's grown at a relatively constant rate, but it seems much faster than some other redfoots I've been reading about, here and on FB.

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    He's almost nine months old, has a carapace length of 12cm and weighs 293g ... he's more than quadrupled in weight since coming to live with me, but the Donahue ratio has him at a 0.89, which is slightly underweight for his length.

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    His shell and legs and eyes and tail all look good to my untrained eyes, but I'd love your thoughts.

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    His enclosure is currently a 2X4 sealed system which allows me to maintain temp and humidity in the 80s, I have him on a 12/12 light cycle, he seems to enjoy his hides and exploring the plants and soaking bowl and basking spot on his own schedule.

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    I soak him daily, at which time I also feed him a mix of greens and fruits and veggies, with occasional protein; when he's done soaking I put him and the leftover food back in his enclosure, then repeat the process the next day (with generally one day of "fasting" per week).

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    I'd very much appreciate your input, specifically about whether I should cut down on his feedings, if he looks ok to you, and parts of his regimen I could improve to better assure his confined health.

    Thanks,

    Jamie
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    Toddrickfl1 Well-Known Member Tortoise Club

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    Looks great to me I wouldn't change anything.
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    I've never looked at the Donohue chart, but I had the idea that it was mainly for the testudo species of tortoise.

    I wouldn't worry about your tortoise. It looks great. You're doing something right.
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    Thanks, my understanding is that the Donahue formula was developed based on 11 various species of tortoises and box turtles, but I think the general nature of the study is both a strength and a weakness.

    Again, thanks for your feedback ... I so value the people of TFO, and their experience.

    Jamie
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