Need Help comparing Desert Tort.

AZGirl

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Hi all,

My tort, Parker went missing a year ago. I live in high desert of central AZ. Just heard from friend that a tort was found not way far from me, maybe a mile or so. Parker had some pyramiding, so does this one. Have emailed with an animal park and she sent me pics. Waiting for answer on sex, size and approx age. Thought I’d post a few pics and see if the experts have any input. The pics of surrendered tort looks like it has a green ‘film’ to it, so colors seem off to me.

Anyway….. would welcome your very educated hunches if these are the same tort or no way.

How much can a tort grow in a year? Parker seemed to always wake up bigger than when he went to sleep.

Thank you all, in advance. This would be a miracle if it were him.

The first three (in grass) are the found tort, the other three are Parker just after last years brumation.IMG_0762.jpegIMG_0761.jpegIMG_0760.jpegIMG_6300.jpegIMG_6299.jpegIMG_6286.jpegIMG_3703.jpeg
 

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My opinion is not your tortoise. The shell couldn't have gotten more domed within a year. Please wait for others opinion.
 

AZGirl

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My opinion is not your tortoise. The shell couldn't have gotten more domed within a year. Please wait for others opinion.
Thank you. I think it may be much bigger than Parker should be. Can and will go look in person also. Thank you for the reply. 🙏
 

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Hi all,

My tort, Parker went missing a year ago. I live in high desert of central AZ. Just heard from friend that a tort was found not way far from me, maybe a mile or so. Parker had some pyramiding, so does this one. Have emailed with an animal park and she sent me pics. Waiting for answer on sex, size and approx age. Thought I’d post a few pics and see if the experts have any input. The pics of surrendered tort looks like it has a green ‘film’ to it, so colors seem off to me.

Anyway….. would welcome your very educated hunches if these are the same tort or no way.

How much can a tort grow in a year? Parker seemed to always wake up bigger than when he went to sleep.

Thank you all, in advance. This would be a miracle if it were him.

The first three (in grass) are the found tort, the other three are Parker just after last years brumation.
To me, they look like the same tortoise.
 

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Zoom in on Parker's nuccal scute. See that funny little notch?

Now zoom in on the other tortoise's nuccal scute. No notch. The greenish color is likely from whatever the overhead shade cover is. They look pretty similar other than that.
 

AZGirl

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Zoom in on Parker's nuccal scute. See that funny little notch?

Now zoom in on the other tortoise's nuccal scute. No notch. The greenish color is likely from whatever the overhead shade cover is. They look pretty similar other than that.
Is that the one right behind his head? We are focusing on that .
 

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Here is a compare w/o the green shade over found one. Parker is younger here (2021) Was trying to get a top down comparison. We are looking at skute behind head also.
 

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AZGirl

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Zoom in on Parker's nuccal scute. See that funny little notch?

Now zoom in on the other tortoise's nuccal scute. No notch. The greenish color is likely from whatever the overhead shade cover is. They look pretty similar other than that.
Thank you. I may need to look in person. I think the found one may be too large to be a Parker. However, I am not sure what growth rate can be and under what conditions. They said he seems friendly and well fed.
 

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