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Sulcata Tortoises: Geochelone sulcata

Category: General

Experience Level: Starter [?]

Care Sheet: Juvenile Tortoises

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Description

Sulcatta tortoises, also called African spurred tortoises, originally came from hottest and driest regions of Northern Africa. Their importation ended in 2000, so nearly all available animals are captive born here in the US. Breeders now produce this species readily, and well started juvenile Sulcattas are relatively easy to work with. This species does best when kept in low humidity, but juveniles need more moisture and we soak ours two or three times each week in warm shallow water until they reach 8(at about 4 - 6 years). Sulcatta Tortoises are a desert species and should never have a water bowl. Constant access to greens and short, shallow soakings (3 times a week for hatchlings, twice a week for yearlings and two year olds, and once each week for adults) is their source of hydration. Juveniles do best between 80 f - 90 f with warmer basking areas.

As adults, Sulcattas can grow to 24, and do best outdoors in warmer climates or in warmer months. Outdoor enclosures must afford shaded areas, and protection from predators. Daytime temperatures up to 103 f, and night time lows in the high 60s are fine for larger Sulcattas. Keepers in colder climates need to provide indoor enclosures once the warmer months end. Opaque fencing is recommended, along with lots of room. They enjoy provided shelters, or will even dig tunnels to escape the cold, or wet weather.

Sulcattas are eating machines and juveniles will graze on grasses, hay, and tortoise pellets mixed with veggies for hours at a time. Adults do well on mostly grasses; and all sizes enjoy dark leafy greens fruits and vegetables in moderation. A calcium supplement is an important part of their diet. Care must be taken to be sure that foods containing protein or too much phosphorus are avoided, and that colorful, non edible items are not with in reach. Sulcattas try to climb, and care must be taken to prevent them from flipping over.

The USDA requires a veterinary health certificate for Sulcattas (and Leopard Tortoises) to be shipped from state to state. The Turtle Source is now pleased to provide these health certificates at no additional cost for out of state orders. Obtaining the health certificate may delay shipping by one day.

The bottom photo shows: a well started (17 week) hatchling, a 9 month juvenile (2.5- 3), and a yearling (4 Inches).

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1: We have a nice group of well started 18 - 20 week old Sulcatta Tortoises hatchlings available now:

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Pricing: 1 or more: $119.00/ea.

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2: We have a group of 18 - 20 week old hatchling Sulcatta Tortoises available with an extra shell scute or two - and are otherwise perfect in every way: Sorry, these tortoises have been sold.

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Pricing: 1 or more: $109.00/ea.

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3: We have just a few well started Sulcata Hatchlings, incubated at 90 degrees for female. 99% chance to be female. Ready to go out to new homes

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Pricing: 1 or more: $199.00/ea.

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4: We have a well started group of 3" yearling Sulcatta Tortoises available : A good companion for your well started Sulcatta of similar size. ***Sorry these have been ordered***

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Pricing: 1 or more: $149.00/ea.

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5: We have just one 3" Sulcata Tortoise yearling with extra shell scute available. A good little tortoise that just needs a good home available:***Sorry this has been ordered***

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Pricing: 1 or more: $139.00/ea.

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6: We have just one beautiful 4"+ with extra shell scute Sulcata Tortoises available. *Sorry this tortoise has been ordered*

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Pricing: 1 or more: $175.00/ea.

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7: We have just one well started 5" Sulcata Tortoise available: ** Sorry, this tortoise has been ordered**

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Pricing: 1 or more: $229.00/ea.

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8: We have a beautiful group of 6"+ Sulcata Tortoises available: ** Sorry, these tortoises have been ordered**

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Pricing: 1 or more: $249.00/ea.

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9: We have one very handsome Male Sulcatta Tortoise Available - 14.5", 13lb - ***Sorry this has been ordered***

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10: We have one 11inch, 8 pound Female Sulcata Tortoise available***Sorry this has been ordered***

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11: We have just one very pretty 17 inch, 25 pound male Sulcatta Tortoise available - Ready for a new loving home!***Sorry this tortoise has been ordered***

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Pricing: 1 or more: $695.00/ea.

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12: We have one very nice 23 inch plus, 32 pound male Sulcata Tortoise with a very polite and friendly personality available. *Sorry this tortoise is unavailable*

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Pricing: 1 or more: $995.00/ea.

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