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Weight gain
Posted: 23/08/2016 by Alison99

Hi - I'm new to tortoise keeping and have recently rehomed an 18 month old Turkish spur thighed tortoise.  I've read that weight gain should be gradual so I purchased some digital scales and on 17 Aug she weighed 55g.  On 21 Aug she weighed 62 g and on 24 August she tipped the scales at 71g.  I'm wondering if it's the scales as she eats quite modestly, a little dandelion, wild strawberry leaves and cucumber.  I've dusted her food with Nutrobal.  I find it hard to believe she's gained so much weight, should I be worried?

Re: Weight gain
Posted: 24/08/2016 by tomtortoise@tovevalley.net

Hello,

It may be  the scales, or it could drop when it 'evacuates'.

I trust it's living outside, with good access  to shade.

Tom

Re: Weight gain
Posted: 24/08/2016 by Alison99

Yes, thanks, she's outside in good weather, and inside at night and seems well in herself. I hoped regular weighing be reassuring but it's having the opposite effect!

Re: Weight gain
Posted: 24/08/2016 by tomtortoise@tovevalley.net

That's good.

I'd borrow a friend's scales & xref. See what wt's are over 4wks.

Better gaining wt than losing !!

Tom


 

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