Baby Sulcata Tortoise

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  1. Your Unbelievable WOOO!

    Posted by RichyRich on 22nd May 2024

    I'm not gonna Lie, I have purchased many from Tyler This is second Sulcata and Tortoise Supply has yet to fail me as a matter of fact they seem to just get better and although very busy Tyler always seems to get back to me with any questions I might have, do your research, look around.
    Tortoise Supply will never let you down.......
    I will never go anywhere else, ya find something good you stick with it! Thank you Stewart Family.
    P.S. luv the stickers

  2. DOZER Another gr8 lookin tort

    Posted by RichyRich on 1st Jul 2023

    This is my 3rd tort,1st Sulcata from Tyler and Sara and honestly they do great stuff, great communication, They deliver very active and eating baby torts not to mention they look marvelous.
    If you are looking don't hesitate, These to have it going on when it comes to tort's

  3. Healthy & Thriving

    Posted by Aaron on 8th Jun 2023

    Ordered 3 approximately 2 years ago. They arrived healthy and active. They are doing great and growing well. The communication and customer service is excellent. Great company to do business with.


    Posted by Rodrigo Jimenez on 2nd Nov 2022

    Great breeder and my tortoise arrived well and healthy. He loved his new enclosure I had made for him.

  5. Best Breeder I have dealt

    Posted by Zachary Zelms on 5th May 2021

    Price is good tortoise came to me happy and healthy I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a sulcata tortoise


    Posted by Brandon V on 4th Nov 2020

    Ordered Thursday at about 1:45 pm. Recieved it by Friday at 10:25am. Absolutely fast shipping. Tortoise arrived healthy and very well packed with insulation. Although they RAISED the price on the baby Sulcatas I look forward to doing more business with Tortoise Supply!

  7. perfect tortoises

    Posted by Jordan Hensley on 4th Jul 2019

    Ordered four of these little guys and was my first time ordering online through anyone so was a bit skeptical. They arrived lively and healthy very beautiful to look at. They ate from my hand first day and are enjoying their home. Got all the products ordered and the customer service was great! Highly recommend and will be getting more supplies and maybe a tortoise or two in the future from them.

  8. was so impressed I had to order another

    Posted by Cristal Buckner on 7th Sep 2018

    Very good customer service and quick to answer any questions I had. Received my baby sulcata right away and was so impressed I had to get another. As soon as I placed the little guy on his basking area he stretched out then he saw his food dish and off he went. Very active and beautiful. Cant wait to get the other one.

  9. love

    Posted by eckels on 25th Jul 2018

    Great job. Thinking about about bring another baby into the family already

  10. good

    Posted by Jeannette on 2nd Sep 2017

    good little guy. very small, but healthy. yeet

  11. Amazing Little Guy

    Posted by Ashley Fernandez And Raymond Marshall on 1st Aug 2016

    This Little Is Amazing. My Son And Myself Were Very Excited For His Arrival. We Both Have Autism And For My Son Having Something Different From The Normal To Watch And Read About Always Helps Challenge His Mind. Will Definitely Be Ordering Again. We Both Love Torts And Turts Greatly. This Is A Great Breeder And Always Responded To My Emails.

  12. In love

    Posted by Evelyn Almonte on 6th Jul 2016

    My boyfriend loved it !-* Best birthday gift ever, He was a bit slow to start but is now enjoying his home

  13. Great looking baby

    Posted by Ryan on 11th May 2016

    Just got my Sulcata Baby in today. Looks good! Thanks Guys. Made a short unboxing video for anyone wondering how they pack and ship them.

  14. So cute

    Posted by Marcus on 27th Oct 2015

    I just received my sulcata and I'm very happy. The box was neatly packed and insulated. I took him out and gave him a soak in warm water. I put some greens out for him and he took a few bites and decided to explore his new home =)

    Thank you so much!

  15. So happy!!!

    Posted by Amanda M on 19th Jul 2015

    Everything about the process of purchasing our little Sulcata was amazing! We bought a baby Sulcata for our son for his ninth birthday, he was so exstatic! Our little guy The Great Bambino is doing great ! Thanks Stewart family for an easy hassle free process!

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Common Name: Sulcata or "Spur-Thigh" Tortoise
Scientific Name: Geochelone Sulcata
Current Size: 2" +/-
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 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. 

For more detailed information, Click Here to see the article we prepared for Reptiles Magazine