Baby Sulcata Tortoise

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  1. Healthy, Active and Beautiful

    Posted by Lisa S on 26th Apr 2011

    I was so worried the day my sulcata was to arrive it was cold and rainy. He was cold when I opened the box and quickly put him under the warming bulb within 3 minutes he was running all over the aquarium and was so small and beautiful. He is friendly and will leave his head out and let me rub his neck. When I sit next to the tank he will come to the side and wait for me to talk and play with him. Awesome service, beautiful healthy turtle. Thank You I love my turtles.

  2. Thank you so much!

    Posted by Crystal R. on 20th Apr 2011

    We recieved our baby Sulcata yesterday and he is the most active, fun little guy I have ever seen. My son was so happy he cried! Thank you for making my son's birthday one of the best he has had! I will diffently tell my friends about your website! Thanks agian!

  3. soooooo exited to get a new freind.

    Posted by Lola on 4th Apr 2011

    i would like to get one sooooo bad. there at a really good price my other turtles cost about 200. i just cant wait to get one but i have to save up money. im so exited.yaaaaaaaaa!

  4. gettin one!

    Posted by Unknown on 7th Mar 2011

    im trying to decide what kind of tortoise to get. a sulcata is my first choice cant wait! im surprised that hes only 75, usualy see them for 150 so great deal!


    Posted by Emaud on 23rd Dec 2010

    i was so excited for my lil sulcata to arive in the mail but once he came he was very healthy, a little tired but i expected that. he was so much smaller than i thought he would actually be! If anyone wants a tortoie this is one of the best

  6. Best pet ever

    Posted by Unknown on 9th Nov 2010

    I got a sulcata tortoise and it is the best pet I have ever had. His name is spike he is active and eats like he hasn't eat'n in weeks I lov him

  7. there so cute

    Posted by kiara nelson on 22nd Oct 2010

    i am going to get one very soon for me and my mom they adorable and here there very active antd entertaing to watch so i cant wait thanks a lot you guys and reivers u have inspired me to get 2

  8. waiting to get one

    Posted by Unknown on 6th Sep 2010

    icant wait to get one from the rest of the reviews i here thier awesome cant wait

  9. Very Cute

    Posted by Jasmine on 3rd Sep 2010

    I got my Baby sulcata on tuesday and its doing great very active i will be getting some more baby tortoises soon from u guys thanks alot

  10. Great

    Posted by Michael on 24th Aug 2010

    I got my sulcata on time as planned and the color i ordered (darker). After a soak he was very alert and active, Five star service and Will be coming back here for all my tortoises needs THANKS FOR THE GREAT FRIEND!!

  11. amazing

    Posted by joshua on 12th Aug 2010

    I got my sulcata from here in december and he has been it absolute perfect health and very active and very playful. Thanks for the amazing friend guys!

  12. Excellent Tortoise

    Posted by Garrett on 5th Jul 2010

    I had a baby sulcata shipped to Wyoming, these guys were excellent to deal with and my tortoise was in excellent health when I got him. Top notch customer service. Thanks again!

  13. Wonderful babies

    Posted by Maryanne Ilnickij on 29th Jun 2010

    My 2 sulcata arrived last week, the babies are sweet,and were eating within an hour after delivery. Thank you!

  14. Awesome Tortoise

    Posted by Shannon on 22nd Jun 2010

    I got a little guy shipped to Ohio. After a soaking he was very active and started eating right away. They are entertaining to watch. Reminds me of little old men. We are extremely happy with our purchase.

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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