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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. Ray--Opo

    Ray--Opo Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    What is the weight. I was concerned with Opo also then at about a yr Opo took off.
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    Opo is a 1 1/2 and at over 5lbs. So I think your tort is doing fine. But what I have read their growth will be fine as long as we care for them correctly. I have seen some big sullies at different petting farms and other outdoor settings who were horribly pyramided. Obviously weren't raised correctly. So I had to stop worrying and just care for the brat the TFO way.:)
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    He’s gorgeous! Wouldn’t worry at all! I think they hit growth spurts.. I have one that was 4lbs in September and is 10lbs now. He will be 3 in May.
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    What a beauty. And the growth rings are getting wider like Opo's finally are. Use a Q-tip and put some cold pressed non GMO coconut oil or some type of shell saver on the new growth rings and wipe off after 15minutes.
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    Why the coconut oil what does it do kind of curious now
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    Well I noticed some white in the growth rings. Just to keep them moist.
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    Oh okay I just never heard of that I will try it
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    Read that thread Vladimir sent you. I just read it. It is informative
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    I never thought mine would grow as fast as they are. 5 1/2 months old carapace is 5" long and weighs 460 grams! I need to take a new picture. Their shells are smooth as a babys bottom!
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    OMG! It’s true! Excellent observation!!
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    8 months of growth


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    4 months of growth
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    Let’s see if I can help. Here were three months old

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    Three months latter, gone from around 60 grams each to now, my biggest is 250

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    This is in March, 2018, . Three pounds

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    This is now, 10 lbs
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    Omg!! Ah!!
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    Nice wide growth rings I am jealous!
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    Hi everyone, firstly I wholehearted apologise if any of this has been asked a million times before but I’m finding so much conflicting info on Sulcatas. You all seem so knowledgeable and what I’ve read so far is awesome!!
    So I care for two sully’s, Hermione and Myrtle, and they’re being raised where I work. They’re now 5 months old and so far have been raised on store bought greens (I know I know) I have made changes to their diet this week and they’re now on grass and various leaves & weeds I can find locally (should also mention I live in south England). They seem to be happy enough. Now I have a little concern with Hermione, she’s always been ‘lumpier’ than Myrtle but I’ve attached a pic for you all to see.
    Now about their environment, for starters I’ve not soaked them at all (had them almost 2 months) we have massive sky lights so they get natural sunlight everyday, they have a basking spot which has a dual UV/Heat bulb which I have on for 8ish hours per day, they like basking under it. Now here’s where the fun begins.... they live in a tropical house! A butterfly house to be exact, so temps range from 17degrees C (at night) up to 28degrees C (during a sunny day), humidity is (obviously) very high, during the day it can get up to 75%-85% RH again lower at night.
    Is there anything you guys can suggest I do/change to make sure they continue to strive? I’m going to measure & weigh them tomorrow.

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    Have you read the care sheets pinned to the top of the Sulcata section? They are very informative and cover everything from diets to enclosures. The most important thing that I think would be pointed out to you right now is that you should not raise these two together in the same enclosure. Tortoises are solitary creatures and will bully another to chase them out of its territory. To the Uneducated human eye, this looks like bonding and companionship. You’ll find more info on that under the care sheet titled “beginner mistakes”...
    I don’t know how to pin them here for you, I’m sorry! But welcome, congrats, and good luck.
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    Welcome the pic of your sully is great. You need to start soaking them for a 1/2hr everyday in warm water. Up to where the top and bottom shell meet. When the water cools down just take some out and replace with warmer water. The light you have make sure it is not the coil type (CFL) .. They are hard on their eyes. You need a flouresnt uvb tube type. Arcadia sells one that offer a 5% HO light. I have heard of members using the 8% light. The sunlight from the skylights glass reduces the UVB from getting thru. As Ellie May said they are solitary animals and one will become dominant in subtle ways and the other will be stressed. Maybe sick or worse.
    So to species and find sulcata's and read the care sheets. Come back with questions.
    Start another thread under introductions or under sulcata section and we can have a thread just for care of your sullies.
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