Baby Sulcata Tortoise - B Grade

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  1. BABY TAHOE!

    Posted by Jake C on 19th Aug 2014

    Took me a year to write this, but I ordered a grade B Sulcata last May for my first tortoise and lifelong friend. I decided grade B since theyre all unique. At the time the prices were the same but whatever lol. He came like a day later and he was gorgeous. He doesnt have an extra scute, but instead of the five in the middle and four on each side, he has five in the middle but SEVEN on each side. A year later and after a few minor mistakes hes growing and very healthy. I would buy from here again :)

  2. Luv our Baby!!

    Posted by Lisa on 31st May 2013

    We received our baby sulcata yesterday and I am so pleased with this experience. Like many I was nervous (initially) about ordering & having an animal shipped but after doing a lot of homework, lots of youtube videos out there that recommend you guys. I actually had a lot of confidence by the time I placed my order. Tyler was very patient in answering my questions. Our baby came, was very active, within a couple hours was ready to eat!!! We are so in love!! I will definitely order from here again!! I can't say enough wonderful things about you guys! Don't buy from a petstore.....they are not knowledgeable about their animals (Petsmart, Petco etc). Stick with the people who know and love their animals.

  3. Sulcata Tortoise

    Posted by Nancy on 31st Jul 2012

    I'm scared of buying one of these babies that it would die on the way or get hurt being shipped. I have been doing some research on how to get one for my preschool classroom pet and found this website which seems awesome. My son has also has grown an interest in reptiles I’m thinking of getting one and catch him by surprise.

  4. New Comings

    Posted by Starr on 19th Jun 2012

    Havn't gotten the little "dino's" yet but im very excited to be a part of the little family...I have 6 turtles myself 4 babies and 2 "2 yr olds" Moko, Coco, Mumble, Tumble, Beeayy, and Squirt. Soon when I get the new commers I will be naming them Peanut and Goober. I'm hoping to have a boy and girl ...that will make 3 girls and 5 Boys. I am very thankful that I am able to get these sweet bundles of joy from you!

  5. My new living dinosaur

    Posted by Andreas Magdeburg and Amy Barton on 15th Nov 2010

    What can i say other than one of the best experiences i have ever had. Everyone at Tortoise Supply has been amazing. I now have 4 sulcata baby tortoises and love it. All the help you need in one stop shopping.Our kids and the kindergarten kids at school are totally in love with these loveable dinosaurs. You can't go wrong with this company and this family. Thank you for everything.

  6. Awesome Tortoise

    Posted by Shannon on 21st Oct 2010

    Got this one as a companion for another baby sulcata that we got in June. Spike seemed a little lonely so we got him a girlfriend.(we are calling her a girl :)even though we can't tell yet)Daisy doesn't seem as shy as Spike and the really bonded and spend all their time together. Great quality tortoises!

  7. Cutest Ever!

    Posted by Tara Reeves on 10th Aug 2010

    We received our babies this morning as promised. We put them in an enclosure outside to warm up. It didn't take but a few minutes and they were eating grass and roaming all over the place. They have the cutest personalities already! They really enjoyed their soak, they looked like they were trying to swim. Thank you so much!

Description

*We occasionally have baby tortoises that have irregular or "split scute" patterns on their shells. While many sellers won't disclose this, we consider these "B Grade" cosmetically. This does not affect the health of the tortoises in any way; they are just as feisty as their siblings. It's purely the look of them, and these tortoises tend to be females as they mature. It is non-genetic, and will not necessarily pass to any offspring from this animal.

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.

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 and/or coco coir substrate with a humid hidebox that they can get into at night. We raise them in cheap, simple plastic tubs that can be purchased at WalMart or Target, generally 3 to 4 square feet in size for babies. Temperatures in the room fluctuate between 75 at night up to 85 during the day, but we keep the hidebox heated to around 80-85 at night with a heat pad beind it, or a red bulb placed overhead.

Diet consists of spring mix greens with many other leafy greens offered in rotation to that (mulberry, endive, grape leaves, hibiscus leaves, diced cactus pad and we use globe mallow leaves pretty regularly). We like to also add moistened Mazuri LS tortoise diet as well as ZooMed's Gourmet Tortoise Food a few times a week, usually mixed and mashed into the leafy greens. The addition of the commercial diets take care of most or all of the supplementation needs, or you can sprinkle the food lightly with a calcium supplement 2 or 3 times a week and a multivitamin supplement 1-2 times a week. We also throw a pinch of our herbal hay on top of whatever they are eating almost daily, which adds variety and flavor and scent to everything.

The tortoises are removed from their enclosure and soaked in a separate 1/4" deep pan of warm water daily or almost daily for 30 minutes each time. We don't generally use water dishes in the enclosures because of the risk of drowning (yes, we have lost babies to drowning when they flipped over in 1/4" of water).

Being a desert species, 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 a ZooMed Powersun bulb in a small part of the enclosure to give them a "hot spot" around 95-100 degrees that they can get into if they want to warm up.

We don't use the "closed chamber" method (keeping airflow very restricted to increase humidity to the point that clouds form in the enclosure). It is very risky if/when temperatures get below about 80, and mold, shell rot, and respiratory problems become a lot more common in those conditions. We keep them open top in the warm area, and enclosed, warm and humid within the hide (like they would be in the wild). They are free to choose the conditions, temperatures, and humidity levels they want within that setup.