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Growth of Turbo, February 2017 Aldabra Giant Tortoise.

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  1. Fredkas

    Fredkas Well-Known Member

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    Finally i decided to acquire my hate and love tortoise, Aldabra Giant Tortoise.
    Arrived at wednesday, 03 May 2017, 2 p.m., so cute, like a mini toy. He gave me exact same feeling when i saw Toro, my sulcata tortoise for the first time.
    Then he was staying at soaking tub (dry) that i prepared from home, i prepared mix of roselle leaves, hibiscuss leaves, grasses, mulberry leaves, etc for him inside. He needed to stay there until 6 p.m. because i am at work. He was eating inside the tub, and that was quite a lot.
    I arrived at home. Gosh he was eating even when i was carrying his tub moving everywhere (yes he was skittish if he saw me directly, the tub had opaque lid on it.) Then I gave another roselle leaves for him (because he emptied the tub!! well.. almost), and left him for 10 minutes, he was so active, so curious, and eat way way more than Toro when he first time arrived. After that, a warm soak for 30 minutes.
    I switched on his basking bulb that night so that he can wondered around his new home. He was going lap around ten times, and i figured out his water bowl is too deep. I changed it and he was still doing lap, even went pass my busy hand. Not that skittish after all (he was indeed skittish when he was doing nothing). In the middle of changing bowl, i saw him decided to enter his hide. His behavior made me decided to switch off his light. 5 minutes went away, he was so black and his enclosoure is quiet dark, i cant see whether he was still inside his hide. After 30minutes, the curiousity made me lit up a torch towards his hide. Yes he was still there and sleeping. What a smart and cutie one. And that was how our first day end. Sounds so smooth!

    I cant really made up my mind what should be his name. Finally I decided to give him a name that will remind me what was the impression he gave me upon arrival. TURBO is perfect. I didn't expect him to be so active. From what i was told, i had the most active tortoise in the world, a sulcata, so how in the world this one could be like a wind up toy? Well if you want me describe my baby aldabra, he will be a sulcata tortoise equip with turbo. He put a shame to Toro. Yes, he is!

    So here is Turbo, an Aldabra Giant Tortoise, hatched around February 2017.
    First day adopted: Wed, 03 May 2017 - 180gr (plastron measured 9cm).
    I will update his growth here, once a week.

    Feel free if you want to see the growth of my a year older sulcata, Toro, the link is here.

    Last.. pictures to end this first post!!

    ps. He has small little brown patches on his several scute. I don't know what it is, it could be shell rot, it could be another. The seller told me it was sort of crust and will came off by itself (hmm.. really??). Well.. i will keep a close eye on it. (Please do give comment below if you have any idea or experience about this.)

    When he arrived:
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    After 30min of soaking
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    His enclosure
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    His face, well as you can see, typical old method, dry started tortoise
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    Fredkas Well-Known Member

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    Comical face
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    As do I, as do I !!!
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    Your baby is soooo stinking cute!
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    Yup thank you all. It feels good there are people eager to follow this thread.
    Tomorrow will be his weekly report. A little bit of hint, Turbo put a shame to Toro's weekly gain. Turbo has a very high possibility to surpass toro's weight in UNDER a year time. :eek: in fact, Turbo still has big possibility to do that in just 6 months :eek:. And Toro's weight was 645gr last week.
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    I bet it would take long at all to pass him! He's already passed my 6 month old Sulcata ;)
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    Weekly update:
    Do you know black hole? It is more or less a "things/place" which capable of pulls anything goes inside of its body. And i am started to think of black hole when i saw Turbo and his food, obviously that black tort is the black hole, not the other way around :D. You guys who long enough wandering TFO should know a lot of people came to forum asking whether their tort can be eating too much. Well the answer is obvious, it is a "NO". I know i shouldn't ask this question too, but... can Turbo eat too much that he will explode his own stomach? I am seriously thinking of that, he eats almost the same quantity with Toro. o_Oo_O. Yeah.. well, i know, he will not.

    Turbo, an Aldabra Giant Tortoise, hatched around February 2017.
    May :
    03 May '17 - 180gr (1st day adopted, plastron measured 9cm.)

    10 May '17 - 226gr
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    Awe....look at your baby!!!
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    Finally he feels safe with me, full raise his body and let me pet. Skittish behavior is lessen day by day too.
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    Weekly update: continue his "black hole - like" behavior.

    Turbo, Hatched around February 2017.
    May :
    03 May '17 - 180gr (1st day adopted, plastron measured 9cm.)

    10 May '17 - 226gr
    18 May '17 - 265gr
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    He's sooo handsome!
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    I suspect that you will need a bigger soaking container quite soon!
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    I actually did this morning! It is worrisome that he will manage to crawl out one day.
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    Weekly update: his appetite seems more normal now. 2 out of 7 days, i saw him not eating as much as usual. All pooping is normal, in fact he poops a lot.
    Ah yes.. I think he manages to make his body more rounded now which is good. Let's see. And second growth line is preparing to come out.

    Turbo, Hatched around February 2017.
    May :
    03 May '17 - 180gr (1st day adopted, plastron measured 9cm.)

    10 May '17 - 226gr
    18 May '17 - 265gr
    24 May '17 - 283gr
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    Not much.. He still won't come near me when playing outdoor. He was sitting there looking at me from a distance. I need to zoom in and well.. low quality pic.
    I find aldabra seems to poop while they are frighten, while sulcata will pee.
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