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How fast do Desert Tortoises grow?

Discussion in 'North American Tortoises (genus Gopherus)' started by Felicia Broschart, Nov 29, 2017.

  1. Felicia Broschart

    Felicia Broschart New Member

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    Just weighed my babies yesterday. They are around 40 grams. One poster told me I should soak them daily until they reached 100 grams. Just curious how long that takes. They are hearty little eaters. Seems like they want food non-stop!

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    Hello! I have 2 texas torts and they grow pretty slow.

    How old are your babies? I know that desert torts are bigger than texas tortoises, so they might reach the 100 grams mark at around 6 months?
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    Similar question on size and growth. One of our SDT is almost 3x the size of the other. Same clutch. Hatched September Normal?
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    They all grow at different rates depending upon many variables.

    If I hatch them myself and raise them up in ideal conditions they can reach 100 grams in 3 months. If they were started dry, kept outside too much, not soaked often enough, not fed right, etc… It could take over a year to reach 100 grams. Even if the current keeper is doing everything right, the things that happened with the previous keeper can severely hamper growth.
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    Are they living as a pair? If yes, that is likely to be your problem. They should never live as pairs. Separate them ASAP, and watch the growth rate on the smaller one pick up after a few weeks away from its tormentor.
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