My Aldabra- General

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Man. I was just telling a friend of mine that was looking at them today, that I will be lucky if they can use the enclosures this winter at all , I may not be able to get them through the doors , I knew the enclosures would be temporary but damn , they are growing like crazy now . They are almost 9 lbs now and at this rate they will be 20lbs by the end of the year . I need to build their permanent housing this summer .
 

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General this morning 4017g
Let’s see, May 17 he was 3570g
Today is May 26, So in the last 9 days he has gained 447 g
Is my math correct? If so , then that is almost 1 pound in 9 days 😳

Math checked out 👍. Thank for the clarification
 

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General weighed 4266 g today
 

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General weighed 4565 today ! 10 lbs woohoo ! I am going to start weighing them in pounds now , instead of grams . Here he is looking at me wondering where his Mazuri is 🙄 He is really spoiled 😁🐢
 

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Just took the Aldabras outside for the day, General weighed 4928 g ! He was at 4565 g last Friday 😳 Almost 1 lb in 1 week ! Damn! Careful what you wish for 🐢
 

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General chowing down
 

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General this morning weighed in at 5780g, or 12.7 lbs. he gained 502 grams in the last 3 days. He weighed 5278g on Aug 6, Unbelievable 😳
 

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General this morning. Weighed in at 6112g or 13.4 lbs. He has gained 332g in the last 14 days . He is becoming very outgoing, he is starting to come to me when he sees me. ! If I open the door to Jackson’s enclosure, which is the lower one, and get him out first, then General hears it and gets up and stats moving around . When I open his door, he comes to me to pick him up to go outside. I think keeping them in an enclosed High humidity environment is helping them grow smoothly and rapidly. He and Jackson are both growing very fast and are both looking really smooth .
General on the left
 

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A little video ofGeneral and Jackson this morning . Here is why they are growing so much 😳🐢
 

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General weighed 6347g on Sept 12, almost exactly 14 lbs !
 

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General weighed 6580g on Sept 16. Over 14.5 lbs! He is eating a lot and growing so fast, I am starting to give them more hay (orchard grass ) in their diet, and he loves
It !
 

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Seems like great growth. A bit faster than we are seeing with our 3. We started off a bit smaller, 382, 378 and 558 grams. If I look at 1 year of growth starting from ~700 grams ours went from
720 to 6158 in ~13 months
636 to 5892 in ~13 months
742 to 4950 in ~12 months
 

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Yes, it looks like he is growing about the same rate as your bigger one 👍 He is gaining around 1.5 lbs per month now 😳
 

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If you are referring to the bigger one as the one that weighed 6158 grams it is now the smallest one. Their last weigh in was 8/15/21 and they were 19.6kg, 22.2kg and 24.2kg respectively.
 

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Yes, it looks like he is growing about the same rate as your bigger one 👍 He is gaining around 1.5 lbs per month now 😳
For what its worth...

Rate of growth is also greatly affected by night time temps. Keeping them above 80° at night allows the gut flora to really flourish. Letting them drop to 70° or so at night kills off some of the gut flora that is especially temperature sensitive. So it is common to see a big difference in growth rates depending upon night temps. Keeping in mind tortoise temperature on the ground it is sleeping on, not just the temp reading of the night enclosure!
 
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