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Posted by anteaterbat on April 30, 2003 at 01:52:55:
In Reply to: Slow sulcata growth posted by turtlemom on April 29, 2003 at 10:05:40:
Wow, i'm impressed with how her shell looks. I'm guessing she was started on grass right away because her scutes appear to have no stacking whatsoever? Kudos to your good husbandry! Thanks.
:I too live in S. CA and have raised my sulcata much the same as you are. She is doing very well. She grew very slowly at times and didn't start putting on a lot of growth until about 4-5 years old. She will be 6 soon and weighs about 6-7 pounds and is about 8 inches. When she was little I had a pen that could be moved around the yard so she could have a new selection of grasses and weeds every week or so. When she needed supplementle food it was usually romaine or some other type of lettuce. If your tortoise is grazing almost daily the little amount of romaine it has should be of no concern. If you don't have any hibsicus plants you should get some. They love the flowers. I have some pictures of Annie my tortoise in the Kingsnake photo gallery. They are about a year old but you can see how nice she is doing being raised on CA grass and sun. Her pics are in the photo gallery - tortoise section under user name turtlemom.