Weight / Length

Regular weighing and measuring of the tortoise, and keeping records year to year are recommended for a number of reasons:

  • In a young tortoise which is still growing, the weight and measurement can give a good indication of whether it is growing too fast or too slowly. 
  • For both young and older tortoises it is important to know whether the tortoise is a good weight for its size.  This is especially important when considering whether or not to hibernate the tortoise. 
  • The records can also be a good indicator of health, and itís advisable to weigh newly acquired tortoises weekly. 
  • The vet would find the records very useful in the event that the tortoise needs treatment at any time. 

For detailed information on how to accurately weigh and measure your tortoise click here.





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