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Ever Wonder How Fast A Sulcata Can Grow?

Discussion in 'Sulcata tortoises' started by Nicole edwards, Jan 2, 2017.

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  1. Nicole edwards

    Nicole edwards Active Member

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    They are not. I debated and decided it would be batter if I could move it around. I will have to take it apart to do it but I would rather have it mobile somewhat.
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    Thanks that's what I was thinking to do also
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    Turtulas-Len Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I found a few pics of Alex from May of 2012 to August of 2015. The first is from 5-31- 2012 Alex on Walker.jpg The next is from 9-20-2012 Alex Sept 2012.jpg The next is from 10-31-2013 Alex Oct 31 2013.jpg The next is from 11-9-2014, he is back on Walkers back again Alex on Walker 11 9 2014.jpg The last pic I found is from 8-21-2015 Alex today 8-21-2015.jpg I hav'nt come across the pics from 2016 but I know I have some.
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    Turtulas-Len Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Here are some pics of Alex from 2016. These were taken when she started nesting in January The first was taken on 1-8-2016 Alexnesting1 8 16.jpg and the second 2 days later on the 10th Alex nesting 1 10 16.jpg She laid 3 clutches that winter at less than 4 years old. This last pic is the one that won her a place in the 2018 TFO calendar. Alex for TFO 2018 Calender copy.jpg Yes they can grow quickly,
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    Ever notice when they are young their faces are so cute. As they get older they look more like Mitch McConnell. LOL Not being political just an observation and a joke
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    We got Vlad at 2 years old, so we got the last bit of his baby face and he's now transitioned into the more mature tortoise face
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    Having a baby is sooooo much work! I leave for work between 5;30 and 6 am, so I have to pick Daisy a weed salad all over the yard with a flashlight and then I’m sweating by the time I leave, Kevin isn’t as as picky as me, I pick the best of the best so when he does it it’s 2 minutes, I’m 10 to 15 and then give her fresh water since she loves to plow through and leave a ton of orchid bark
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    I agree with the water. Sometimes I think it's a waste of time with the water dish. Like you said Opo will just plow through it and bring in substrate. I soak Opo every day so I am not sure I really need it. I guess it's Opo's way of keeping me busy.
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    I love this! I see so many different predictions on growth I am kind of nervous. I am taking notes as to how I should document Scouts growth.

    Thank you!
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    Here isn’t little Sulcata Donna
    Don’t u think they the same maybe looks bigger Donna is a year ol I been told
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    Greetings,

    I’ve never heard of this “pygmy” but I must have one of them...

    I was told my male sulcata was +/- 15 years old but from what I am reading here there’s no way possible.

    I measured him from the end of his shell to the longest point of his gular with a straight ruler and he’s about 20” long and 13” wide.

    I attached pictures of his scutes for fun. I know that is not a definite way to tell age.

    Any thoughts??

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    Well looking at their shell with their square could this tell u something u know when u look at a tree and look at the lines of a tree tells I think the ge of the tree
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    Yours might be a female. They tend to grow slower. You usually can't find out until about 5 years. The other thing we think has an effect on their speed of growth is how large of a space they have for a habitat. We just enlarged our habitat about a year ago, and it's incredible how fast she has grown since.

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    This post is truly disturbing for me....I have to 10 mo olds that have not grown HALF of the rate this tort has.... Shells are hard everything looks great happy active lighting habitat perfect per this forum......why would one tort grow so much faster than another????
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    kalei01 Active Member Today is my birthday!

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    Could be a bunch of different factors. Could be temperature or humidity could also be from whoever raised the tortoise before you got it. Also could be the tortoise Genes or where tortoise came from all tortoises grow at different rates. I have one that is almost 8 lbs that is about 2 years old another that is about a year that I had him but pet store says he was already a year old when I got him which makes him about a 2 years which is barely a pound. So what I am saying as long as the tort is eating well and active (not sick) I wouldn't worry too much. He/she will get big soon enough
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    Wow, What a handsome tortoise! My hatchlings have gone from 1oz in September 2018 to 7oz as of January 1st. Who knows what this new year will bring haha I am excited about it.
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    My 2 year old is almost 9lbs is he or she overweight
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    I don't think they can get overweight, especially if they are eating grasses like they should.
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