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One Of A Kind Sulcatta Tortoise: Sulcatta tortoises ( Geochelone sulcata )
Category: Rare & Exotic
Experience Level: Starter Tortoise [?]
Care Sheet: Sulcatas and African Spurred
This remarkable tortoise hatched from a normal clutch of eggs. It's extraordinary shell and markings are almost perfectly symmetrical. You have to look twice to believe what you're seeing when holding this tortoise in your hand. He is thriving and behaving just like to his siblings... He does have the interesting ability to walk backwards better than most tortoises are normally capable of, and is particularly outgoing, alert and aware of his surroundings... Care for this unique Sulcata is identical to that of normal Sulcata tortoises and follows:
Sulcata tortoises( Geochelone sulcata ), 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 twice a week in warm shallow water until they reach 8”(at about 4 - 6 years). Juveniles do best between 80 f - 90 f with warmer basking areas.
As adults, Sulcattas can grow to 24(after many years) 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.
* Remember, each Tortoise order comes with a free starter sample of the same Tortoise diet your Tortoise has been raised on - to order larger quantities, see the lower left side of this page. *
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