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Sulcata Tortoise

$139.00 - $595.00
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Please be sure to order a Health Certificate for Sulcata tortoises if you live outside of Florida.

Product Description

Sulcata 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.

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 pleased to provide these health certificates  for a small fee of $12.95. Obtaining the health certificate may delay shipping by one day.

Please visit our Adult sulcata category for bigger sizes. 


Other Details

Common Name:
Sulcata Tortoises
Scientific Name:
Geochelone sulcata
Starter Tortoise
Care Sheet:
View Sulcata Tortoises Care Sheet
Tortoise Category:
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Warranty Information

We offer a 7 day health guarantee on our captive bred animals only provided all conditions are met as listed in our Terms and Conditions page.


  • 5
    Sulcata tortoise

    Posted by Cody groner on Mar 10th 2024

    They got my tortoise to me quick had a tracking number and everything knew where she was the whole time super convenient.... one thing that did throw me off guard was I didn't know what gender she was until I assumed myself through research which is okay just more I got to learn about the species ! They are very helpful though since I received my tortoise with info on everything making sure I could give her best experience with food heating and the right enclosure through email which was very helpful ...... status with my tortoise she is moving alot eating just seems healthy all around this is my first spot for sulcata tortoise i would forsure buy from here again !

  • 5

    Posted by CHRIS M SERRANO on Feb 12th 2024


  • 5
    Beautiful Sulcatta Tortoise

    Posted by Ruben Barbosa on Sep 7th 2023

    Turtle Source provided quick and perfect shippingnof our two hatchling tortoises. They arrived in great shape via UPS and were in great health. Immediately went to drinking water and eating and in great condition. The tortoises are beautiful and healthy. We loved them immediately.

  • 5
    Back for another...

    Posted by Darius Radford on Dec 8th 2022

    I love this place! I will only get my turtles here!!

  • 5
    My tortoise

    Posted by Darius Radford on Dec 7th 2022

    I love this place!! Great turtles, great support, & they care!! I’ll be back !!

  • 5
    My sulcata

    Posted by Darius Radford on Dec 2nd 2022

    It was a process getting him here, because of the Christmas thing. Because of that I was concerned, but when he arrived not only was he active & a good size , he was beautiful. Within an hour he was exploring his containment & eating! Their support was great throughout the entire process. This is my 4th turtle from them!! I’ll definitely be back!!

  • 5
    Sulcata Tortoise

    Posted by Bobby LaGrone on Nov 6th 2022

    I received my beautiful Sulcata Tortoise in less w24 hours including health certificate. I love my new buddy and highly recommend The Turtle Source as a merchant. The website is filled with lots of great information about the breeds they sell including how to care for them.

  • 5
    Great Delivery

    Posted by Heather Bottum on Aug 18th 2022

    Great packaging. the tortoise was in perfect condition and was safe during the shipping process! I was worried about it but it was great!

  • 5

    Posted by Ivis on Jul 31st 2022

    We placed an order and received our new life-long little guy the next morning! He was well tucked and packaged, arrived safe and sound. Amy was very helpful with answering our questions. We cant wait to watch our Steve grow.