Variation in Growth and Potentially Associated Health Status in Hermann’s and Spur-Thighed Tortoise (Testudo hermanni and Testudo graeca)

Captive reptiles often show higher growth rates than in the wild, possibly due to higher feeding intensity. Although health problems are usually linked to inappropriate diets, fast growth itself, such as triggered by appropriate diets fed in high amounts, has traditionally also been considered unfavorable for tortoises. We document growth rates (based on age and […]