Malti Explains Redfooted Tortoises: Size at Maturity

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Malti on Day 1…and Malti now, 3 years later!

When most people think of tortoises, they think massive. Huge.

Oh so big. Like a very small vehicle or a very large rock.

In these cases, they are usually thinking about the giant Galapagos tortoises, which can weigh nearly 1,000 pounds at maturity and live 170+ years.

Malti won’t ever get that big (WHEW).

But….the red footed tortoise is considered “medium sized” by tortoise standards. So at 3 years old and 6 inches long and 5 inches wide, she still has quite a bit of potential growing yet to do.

In fact, every time I study up on redfoot tortoise growth projections, they seem to get bigger. The last time I checked, I read she could grow as long as 16 inches. But just now, the forecast has grown yet again to 18 inches.

Sometimes I look at Malti, who already seems so massive compared to the silver dollar-sized hatchling I first laid eyes on, and I think, “What have I done?”

I mean – she already looks gigantic!

But from all I can tell, her actual size now is nothing compared to her potential size later. And she loves to eat, so she just keeps growing.

Weight-wise, an adult redfoot tortoise that measures 18 inches long could potentially weigh up to 25 pounds (which is why I am even now starting to lift 20 pound free weights during my workouts).

And remember….

 

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Published by Shannon Cutts

Cockatiel, redfoot tortoise and box turtle mama. Author, writer, pet & people blogger.

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