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 .
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
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
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!