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Meet Arliss...(and the rest of the MEAN MACHINE) our newest Sudanese sulcata! Photo HEAVY!

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  1. wellington

    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    It's looking like he will eat anything you give him. I think he likes to eat, period.
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    ~ Great photo's
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    DeanS SULCATA OASIS 5 Year Member

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    Panicked cuz the tiniest piece of radicchio stuck to the tip of his nose!
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    ~ That is a great and clear photo........
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    DeanS SULCATA OASIS 5 Year Member

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    Arliss hitching a ride on MONSTRO!
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    DeanS SULCATA OASIS 5 Year Member

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    Today is a great day! After his 10AM soak...which ran until 11AM, Arliss got his first go at pumpkin! It was love at first bite! And he stuck with it for about ten minutes...and I got over 400 shots...but three or four should do here! Maybe not!

    First bite!
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    It was hiklarious watching him do battle with this chunk of kernel. IMG_3532.JPG IMG_3535.JPG IMG_3536.JPG

    But after working it loose, he went right after it again...managing the right angle to swallow it! IMG_3540.JPG
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    Those are awesome!!!
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    DeanS SULCATA OASIS 5 Year Member

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    Look who came to visit...FOR GOOD! Arliss' siblings from multiple females and nests...all 0.0.13 (14 counting Arliss) are F1 hatchlings from the original wild caught imports brought into the States by John Ruiz and Brad Morris. 11.11 of the adults were acquired by ALL THE AQUATICS in Central Florida. A friend of theirs took on 2.3 and two of the smaller hatchlings are from them...but still part of the original herd! I am so wiped from grave shift...working anacondas... and managing ALL these tortoises...that this is simply going to be a photo session! It's unlikely that I will keep individual stats for now...but I will give regular overviews of size range! I am NOT going to create a separate thread...as they are ALL part of the same project!
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    Obviously, that individual care has given Arliss a headstart over the others! IMG_3793.JPG IMG_3806.JPG IMG_3811.JPG IMG_3817.JPG IMG_3821.JPG IMG_3833.JPG
    Arliss is the darker specimen in the background... IMG_3835.JPG IMG_3838.JPG
    Arliss takes over a pile! IMG_3841.JPG IMG_3844.JPG IMG_3845.JPG IMG_3850.JPG
    ...and moves in on another! IMG_3854.JPG

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    What is that your feeding them?
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    DeanS SULCATA OASIS 5 Year Member

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    Most of the time...I'll turn 'em loose on the lawn...but first feeding of the day...at least 4 days a week is this! It consisits of 50/50 Mazuri and milled alfalfa hay...barely soaked...but I let it sit half an hour before I feed it. Basically, we're talking oatmeal consistency!! Once a week or so...I'll pulverize a tuna (cactus pear) and mix it in...the color draws 'em in EVERYTIME...and the flavor keeps 'em there! Sullies and leopards alike will be fed the same thing on any given day!
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    Okay Ty
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    I didnt get your facebook friend request Dean
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    DeanS SULCATA OASIS 5 Year Member

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    Weird! It's still there! Why don't you try me! Dean Simonson...there's a few...but you'll figure it out! :D
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    DeanS SULCATA OASIS 5 Year Member

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    Turned loose on the lawn!
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    The runt is the first to sample! IMG_3864.JPG
    Final soak before their first night in the chamber...I love how much bigger Arliss is than the rest! Let's see if it stays that way. Tomorrow...measurements and weights! IMG_3873.JPG
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    DeanS SULCATA OASIS 5 Year Member

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    They range in weight from 47 to 62 grams! Except for the runt...who is 36 grams...and Arliss, who hit 90 grams today! Remember...they are from multiple moms and nests...so they don't all have the same hatch date! Here are two of them drinking! IMG_3896.JPG
    And this is Dom! He saw fit to scale his cave/hide...8 inches tall and no slopes! He scaled it vertically...with no ropes, no spikes...just pure determination!
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    DeanS SULCATA OASIS 5 Year Member

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    The Sudans tearing up some endive, escarol and radicchio one day...and pulverized cactus the next! The last shots are their daily Mazuri/alfalfa mix! IMG_4048.JPG IMG_4128.JPG IMG_4053.JPG IMG_4066.JPG IMG_4131.JPG IMG_4141.JPG
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    DeanS SULCATA OASIS 5 Year Member

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    Random cuteness! IMG_4427.JPG IMG_4417.JPG IMG_4412.JPG
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    DeanS SULCATA OASIS 5 Year Member

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    Just Arliss this morning! At four months...he's 3.25" and weighs 121 grams...my little butterball. He loves to bury himself in the coconut bark at night (check out the color) while the rest remain on top! Rarely do I see any of the others buried!
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    CC4C8ED3-9877-43FD-A4C0-AD7ABB9AB4AA.jpeg They are cute. I just got 3 a week and half ago. I love them. First babies I have bought.
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    DeanS SULCATA OASIS 5 Year Member

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    It rained today...so the Mean Machine was out briefly. I put Herd (creep) 1 in the mallow bed...Herd 2 spent the morning in the cloverfield! IMG_4793.JPG IMG_4791 (1).JPG IMG_4794.JPG IMG_4796.JPG IMG_4797.JPG IMG_4801.JPG IMG_4805.JPG IMG_4808.JPG IMG_4809.JPG
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