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Normal growth? Help me :(

Discussion in 'Tortoise Health' started by thegame2388, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. thegame2388

    thegame2388 Active Member

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    Mazuri, lettuce, carrots, chopped kale, etc

    Sometimes humidity is set to be high during night time, other times I forget. Sometimes he chooses to come out, other times we force him out :) or we just let him stay indoors.

    That's pretty much it!
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    THANK YOU! I am trying to project out his weight to next week using his current and past weight measurements as plot points and predict the future, assuming his growth is linear.
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    Am not a tort expert so I am not going to be able to make any comments as far the numbers are concerned. However I can say.....what a BEAUTIFUL tort! GOD bless.
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    7/16/15: 2883g
    7/23/15: 2947g
    8/10/15 3133g
    9/5/15: 3583g
    11/4/15: 4518g
    11/25/15: 4720g
    12/31/15: 5000g
    2/26/16: 5290g
    3/11/16: 5432g
    3/19/16: 5806g
    7/2/16: 7658g
    9/9/16: 8330g
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    God I'm such a math geek; using the last post's plot points, line of best fit equation:

    y = 384.43(x) + 2426.8

    Thus, next year, putting "27" as x since July 2015 is Month "1", I predict next year, this time, he will be 12,800 grams or about 28.2 lbs!
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    Very cute! :)
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    The tortoise sometimes doesn't come out of his night box even when the inside temperature reaches 100F. I put him outside on my own. Any reason why I SHOULDN'T be doing this?
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    Mine do that too sometimes. I figure they must want to warm up their core after a cooler night. They move out when they are ready, but I don't see a problem with you pulling him out early either.
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    Yearly November size reference update:

    [​IMG]
    For those wondering:

    2014: Around 237g
    2015: 4720
    2016: 8900g

    Nothing much else to report.
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    New growth and the shell look great. Keep doing whatever you are doing. You will have a monster on your hands soon.

    Are you feeding grass hay now?
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 5 Year Member Platinum Supporter

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    I love this picture comparison.
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    Hubby was impressed! Such a pretty tortoise!
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    I hope the monster arrives. His weight hasn't increased in the past 2-3 months. And I don't think it'll grow much at all in the winter months. But yeah, i"ll keep doing what I'm doing :)

    PS - No hay grass
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    Gosh.. very pretty. i like how the shell is so tall
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    The shells seem normal to me. I don't know how a flat shell looks like haha. Regardless, I must admit that a sunny day helps in the quality of the picture.
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    There are sulcata that less domer. I think yours is awesome.
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    I do have a few questions:

    1) Now that he's basically as stable as can be, and our temps are about 75F during the winter season or LESS during the daytime, what do you recommend I keep the themostat at (especially at night)? I currently have it at 90F at the ground level where he sleeps. Is that too high? Good?
    2) Speaking of colder temps, how do I soak a tort when the outside temp is so cool in the afternoon? I can't theoretically warm up 5-10 gallons of water for a weekly soak. Today, I just put him in regular hose water in his regular tub and he pooped and let out his urates as usual after 20 minutes. He also pooped so I am assuming everything went fine.

    Thanks!
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    1. I set my thermostats for 86 in winter. Works for me. I think 90 is fine too. If that is working for you, I wouldn't change it.
    2. I use smaller tubs and carry hot water over in 5 gallon buckets. I only do soaks in the sun on warmer winter days when temps are 70+. Its a pain, but it works.
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    Tom to the rescue! :rolleyes: I don't know what I'd do without him!
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    Ah perfect. Thank you so much.
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