Sorry but this item is currently unavailable.
Please check back at a later stage.
Common Name: Sulcata or "Spur-Thigh" Tortoise
Scientific Name: Geochelone Sulcata
Current Size: 2-2.5"
Average Adult Size: 22-32" (males larger)
Area of Origin: North/Central Africa
Description: Sandy beige color almost throughout their body, head and legs. Some will develop a darker "honey" color. Aggressive spikes on their front legs help them to dig and prevent being pulled out of their burrows backwards (which is nearly impossible to do). The "spurs" on their rear thighs between the tail and legs give them their "spur-thigh tortoise" name.
Habitat: Hot, dry climates. They can handle variable amounts of humidity in captivity, but naturally are from lower humidity areas. They do not hibernate, but will go through a winter slow down period during cooler weather and shortened daylengths. As adults, they can safely handle body temperatures as low as 45 degrees at night as long as they are able to heat up into the 70's during the day. Summer highs up to 120 degrees can be tolerated as long as there is a cooler, shaded retreat the tortoise can get into. Dampness is not a problem in high temperatures (a cool mud hole on a hot day), but in cooler weather the tortoises should be kept dry. As babies, these tortoises spend almost all their time in washes and underground in burrows, giving them a much more humid and moist environment than you picture the Sahara desert to be.
Diet: This tortoise is naturally a grazer, and will wander about nibbling on grass the majority of its natural life. In captivity, sulcata tortoises will graze on grasses as well as leafy weeds and clover (dandelions are a favorite). As babies, we focus more on feeding them a wide mix of leafy greens (spring mix), since they have a harder time eating the more tough grass. Vegetables can be added to the diet for variety, but a focus should be on leafy greens and grasses. Fruit should generally be avoided.
Adult Behavior: Adult sulcata tortoises are interactive and curious tortoises. They can be aggressive towards eachother, particularly when two similar-sized adult males are housed together. Over time (and with careful watching by the owner), they usually develop a hierarchy and smaller males will assume a submissive role. Sulcatas are not aggressive towards people. They can be damaging to their environment, digging deep burrows to stay warm or cool if no shelter is provided. Most sulcatas will eagerly come to their keepers looking for food once they are comfortable in their environments. They can get impatient in small areas, so this is not a tortoise for the keeper looking for something that doesn't need space. When an enclosure is properly built for the tortoise, they are very enjoyable animals to keep.
Our Current Care: During cooler weather or indoors, these tortoises are kept indoors on a cypress substrate kept mostly dry with a humid hidebox that they can get into at night. Temperatures in the room fluctuate between 65 at night up to 85-90 during the day, but we keep the hidebox heated to around 80 at night with a red bulb placed overhead. Diet consists of spring mix on a daily basis, with moistened Mazuri tortoise diet mixed into the spring mix a few times a week. We sprinkle the food lightly with a calcium supplement 2 or 3 times a week. The tortoises are removed from their enclosure and soaked in a separate 1/4" deep pan of warm water generally 3 days a week for 30 minutes each time. Being a desert tortoise, they should have intense lighting, and they need lights on during the day and off at night to maintain a normal day/night cycle. We use full spectrum UVB lights, which we suggest for the growth of pretty, healthy tortoises, and use spot bulbs in a small part of the enclosure to give them a "hot spot" around 100 degrees that they can get into if they want to warm up.
For more detailed information, Click Here to see the article we prepared for Reptiles Magazine
Showing reviews 1-15 of 33 | Next
Posted by David S. on 25th Jun 2013
Great experience buying from Tortoise Supply. Thanks to Tyler and Sarah. Our baby arrived today and is settling in nicely. I trust our little Maximus will grow into his name! I recommend Tortoise Supply to anyone who is interested in a tortoise.
Posted by Patti K. on 15th Nov 2012
We just got our baby sulcata yesterday..He is so cute was packaged wonderful still was nice and warm when arrived..He was very active and was eating within 25 minutes of letting out of the packing..So happy with our purchase and the customer service we have received from tortoise supply.If you are interested in a tortoise look no further this is the place to shop.Thank you Tyler and Sarah
Posted by Danny Ward on 2nd Nov 2012
We were looking to add to our sulcata family after purchasing one at a local independent pet store. While I support local business I had come across tortoisesupply.com and the price could not be beat. Level of service is also important and after seeing the 5 star reviews I couldn't pass up this opportunity.
Our new sulcata arrived very early this morning and was immediately active and eating his greens. Very healthy looking and awesome color (Thank you).
We could not be happier with our new addition and can not thank the people at tortoisesupply.com enough for their outstanding service. This is an easy 5 stars!
Posted by Jerica on 16th Oct 2012
My little sulcata baby was VERY active upon arrival (even without soaking) and ate rite away. He seems to be very healthy!!! Couldn't be more satisfied!!!! :)
Posted by Hung N. on 10th Aug 2012
Just received my little Sulcata Tortoise today from fed ex.As I open him up he immediatly became active and alert! Didn't even need to put him in a shallow plate of warm water. *phew* So relief!He came in a excellent shipping box ^_^! I'm overwhelmed with joy and excitement as I watch my Sulcata adapt to his new home.Customer support is fantastic, couldn't ask for any better of a breeder!I will definately do buisness again!
Thanks Tyler for all your help!
Posted by Unknown on 29th Jun 2012
I got my baby this morning. She is so cute! I put her in warm water and she woke right up and was walking around. money well spent!
Posted by Unknown on 20th Jun 2012
I got my baby Sulcata about 3 months ago, he is by far the sweetest, cutest pet I've ever owned! He's still barely 2 inches long but he's growing fast and he eats a lot- loves fresh grass. I can't wait until he gets HUGE!
Posted by Starr B. on 20th Jun 2012
I saw russian tortoises in petco about a month ago ... Ever since I've wanted one, I was doing so much reseach to find baby tortoises and they are just great little guys... I'm 13 and have 6 aquatic turtles and I am VERY excited to get 2 of the Sulcata Tortoises. I just started saving money to buy the babies and I'm confident of taking great care of them. So far I had trouble doing research but if some one could tell me...Hoew do i keep from Kyotes and snakes from harming them.
Posted by Heather Call St Augustine Florida on 7th Jun 2012
He's gorgeous and the packaging was awesome. We had one for years and still miss him. Love watching this little dude grow!
Posted by Matt on 19th Apr 2012
my tortoise is now 3 and is about 10 pounds he eats like a animal i want another one for my b day enjoy them while there babies and xtremly cute becasue they dont stay small for long but that doesnt matter because u wont stop loving it. they get huge if ur going to get one and think you might not like it dont buy one because getting one and getting rid of it is so wrong
Posted by J.C. from Fort Myers, Florida on 14th Dec 2011
I have to say that I was very impressed with the overall experience of purchasing a baby Sulcata tortoise from Tortoise Supplies.I just received my baby tortoise this morning after getting excellent overnight shipping as advertised.The great packaging ensured a safe trip for the baby tortoise from Las Vegas to Florida.After carefully opening the small box, I proceeded to dip the baby tortoise in lukewarm water which brought him to life immediately.Within the hour the little one was feeding and wandering all over his new enclosure.My stepsons love it! What quick service, great price, and lightning fast delivery.Thank you for the early Christmas present!
Posted by Andrew Hache on 29th Nov 2011
Just got a sulcata tortoise for my b day and she is so cute!!!!
Posted by Unknown on 25th Oct 2011
im getting one for my moms b-day tomorrow and it is just in time for it to come in now tyler had all the patience with me and help because i pressed the ground shipping instead of overnight and cant wait to see it. i made a great choice getting one from you and will buy again thanks.
Posted by Jennifer Toland on 4th Oct 2011
We got a sulcata in feb of 09 he is getting big healthy and my 4 children and I love him more than anything...we are even considering getting another. We highly recommend going threw tortoise supply to get your tortoise! Thank you guys
Posted by Robbie on 19th Sep 2011
I recieved my tortoise a day late, but that was only because of the hurrican in my area. I love my little Doozie and am looking forward to buying him a new friend. This site is very good and the prices beat all other sites I have been to(pet stores near me dont sell tortoises).
Showing reviews 1-15 of 33 | Next