New tiny leopard

Meganolvt

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Hi guys- I just got a tiny leopard tortoise, SCL is 3 inches. Previous owner says she was told he hatched in September. That would make him 10 months. Is that possible? He was on wood shavings and as soon as I got him home i put him in some water. He drank for like 10 minutes. I think i can assume that he has been raised dry since hatch. I've never had a hatching, so i don't know if it is possible for a 10 month old to be 3 inches. Is that about right?
Also, his bottom jaw is black. Structurally looks fine, but very dark in color. Can this be normal?

I 20170705_171140.jpg have read all of your care sheets and I am confident in how to care for him.
 

MPRC

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Most tortoises that I have met with dark stains on their mouths are poop eaters. Could that be the case with him?
 

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3inches could be possible. The dark mouth is either the poop or possibly other things he has eaten, substrate, etc. as long as it looks fine otherwise I wouldn't worry.
Seeing he was so thirsty, I would give him soaks every day until he's at least two. Thrn you could cut back.
 
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