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Underweight Leopard Tortoise?

Discussion in 'Leopard tortoises' started by ngv123897, Apr 14, 2019.

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  1. JoesMum

    JoesMum Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    And don’t be embarrassed about your age either! Many of our members are juniors. It really helps if we have a more accurate idea of the age of non-adults as we can gear our answers around that.

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    Alright I'll try leaving the food out for longer.. it's just that the food attracts bugs and it's kind of gross but oh well. My tortoise doesn't really hide away and doesn't seem to have eye problems so I don't know if anything would really change if I turned it off but I'll do it anyways just to be safe :)
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    Ah alright if it could help my tortoise. I'm a few months over 13 o_O
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    I’ll own up to being a couple of months over 55 ;) :D

    My husband was 7 when he got Joe... there’s a lot of learning along the way and we all started as newbies at some time :)
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    Thanks for the support :):D
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    So glad you and your sister are here and learning! You’ll be great tort parents!
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    Thank you :D
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    Hi everyone just an update. I weighed her yesterday which was 2 days after the first time I weighed her. The first time I weighed her she weighed 77.9g.. and now.. she weighs 83.6g!! I'm glad she's gaining weight now so thanks for your suggestions :D
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    Excellent news.

    For consistency, make sure you weigh at roughly the same time of day each time you do it. A tort’s weight varies through the day just like yours does.

    I suggest you do it straight after a morning soak... and don’t do it any more often than once a week. Don’t forget that, at that size, a poop or a pee can make a massive difference to weight, so don’t get disheartened if weight decreases periodically.
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    Good to know that their weight can change so much just from a pee or poo... I was a little worried on the second day of weighing because she suddenly lost weight :eek: but right before I weighed her she had a little accident on the ground so now I'm relieved :)
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    My tortoise is a similar size to yours and about 100g, she is a horsfield but I think your tortoise looks healthy. I think 77g might be ok? 500-600g is much bigger. Years ago before the internet, my dad used to check his torts by seeing if there was fat bulging when their legs were tucked inside the shell. But im not experienced with leopard tortoises, maybe there’s another size and weight chart you could find?
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    okay, thanks! i'll look for a size to weight chart
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    If there were a size:weight chart we considered reliable then we would be recommending it. There isn’t.

    The only chart you will find is the Jackson Ratio which can only be used for Greeks and Hermanns weighing 500g or more...
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    Ah, I see. That's a shame. I'll just help her gain weight for the time being.. Is it true when you pick up your tortoise they should feel "dense"?
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    They should feel like the weight of a rock of the same size (if that makes sense)
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    And the Donahue ratio ...?

    Jamie
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    Data based on mixed unspecified species and a very small sample from what I recall. Not good enough.
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    Alright, I'll try and aim for that
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    Hi, I was just wondering if my tortoise could be stunted? I've looked back at pictures from last year and she hasn't grown at all and even if she did it isn't noticeable.. She's 9cm measuring directly on the carapace now and from memory when I measured her a few times last year she was around 8cm (I think).
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