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Here's the Data.

There are some skeptics out there wondering if 'Super Dwarf' Retics are really as super small as we say they are.  It has also been suggested by some that they only stay small because they are starved, or maintenance fed.  Our good friend David Bellis had an idea as to how to offer some evidence. 
 
He bought 1.2 Captive Bred Super Dwarfs as well as a Mainland female.  The Mainland female happens to be an Amel Tiger.  All 4 of the Retics hatched around 5/14/05.
 
Dave decided to feed the male SD (Animal A) once every other week, the 1st female SD (Animal B) once a week, the 2nd SD female (Animal C) twice a week, and the Mainland Amel (Animal D) once a week.  All meals were approximately 25% of the animals body weight.
 
Animals A, B, C and D are always pictured from left to right.
 
He has shown that although feeding amount and schedule do play a role in an animal's growth, their genetics are the ultimate determining factor in their growth and size.

Date
Animal A
1.0 SD
Animal B
0.1 SD
Animal C
0.1 SD

 
Animal D
0.1 Mainland

9/12/05

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70 Grams
85 Grams
106 Grams

 
622 Grams

10/10/05

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68 Grams
97 Grams
146 Grams

 
1026 Grams

11/07/05

sdm11-7-05.jpg

68 Grams
96 Grams
211 Grams

 
1387 Grams

12/12/05

sdm12-12-05.jpg

66 Grams
124 Grams
348 Grams

 
1969 Grams

1/09/06

sdm1-10-06.jpg

71 Grams
143 Grams
439 Grams

 
2811 Grams

2/14/06

sdm2-14-06.jpg

65 Grams

142 Grams

498 Grams

 
3425 Grams