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Travis Reed - 2007-09-09
Also note that red-footed tortoses LOVE humidity. If your tortoise is kept inside or in an outside enclosure in an area with low humidity you must provide them humidity. If you can't provide a smoke machine/mister or frequent sprinklers, I have found it effective to turn a plastic container such as a trash can on its side, bury it a couple inches in the ground, and fill it up with mulch. Keeping the mulch wet all the time allows for a good humidified area that your tortoise can crawl into and regulate his own humidity. Enjoy your red-foot and take good care of him/her!

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  • air jordan homme - 2014-10-24
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Wendy - 2007-11-12
we live in Arizona which is a great climate for Sulcatas. Currently we house two very large Sulcatas outside in a specially built enclosure. We used railroad ties stacked 4 high and they make a very sturdy and inexpensive wall. We paid about $8.00 each for the railroad ties and we found that they really didn't need to be secured in any way. The size and weight alone make them stack nicely. Our torts are about 50 lbs each so we really needed the enclosure to be strong. We use a double dog house with heat lamps for night time. Its easy to clean out and we replace the dirt inside when it gets soiled or wet. We made an eating platform out of 6-12" flat concrete pavers. It keeps the food off the dirt and we are able to hose it off when it gets dirty. I bought the biggest clay drainage dish I could find at a plant nursery. It's about 24" across. It makes a great water dish. It's shallow but heavy and they love to sit in it. I dug a shallow hole about 3 feet across that on occasion I fill with water and they love to wallow in it and flip mud on their backs. hope this is helpful information!

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  • Anonymous - 2014-03-04
    Can you send me a picture please? ChristieCrase@aol.com Thanks
  • Rosalia Solis - 2014-08-27
    would you please send me a picture?
  • Nicolle - 2014-10-01
    I just gained a Sulcata and he is about 12 lbs. I would also love to see some pics or ask mkore questions. I live in Mesa and we are trying to figure out how to build him (Mikey) something for the upcoming winter months. nmagnanti@cox.net Nicolle
  • Sean - 2014-10-11
    I have a 150 lb male and he free roams on an acre of walled property with all of the proper food and shelter. I am looking for someone to take him. I would like what I paid for him only as I rescued him from a breeder who was ill and could no longer. Please contact me if you are interested or know of anyone who might be. He is in perfect health and very friendly.
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Christiana Moore - 2014-09-30
Hi my name is Christiana I found a baby tortoise in the backyard of my job it's probably no bigger than 3inches. I've kept it for 2 days now but I'm scared that I may kill it not having the proper care. I want to keep it so bad. I have it in one of those big plastic rectangle bowl tops with a medium rock and a few patches of lettuce on the side. I let it swim and soak in my bathtub (of course deeply sanitizing afterwards) but I really want to keep it please help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-02
    Wow that's exciting Christiana, what a wonderful pet. Besides all the care information on this page up above, you can also check out the article on Selecting & Caring for Your Turtle or Tortoise. Wishing you both the best!
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Eva - 2014-09-21
Hi I'm from Bakersfield California I have a 2in sulcata.had em for about a lil over Two weeks now my step sister found em and my brother bought em from her and he gave. the little onr to me I've done research pretty much everyday I've had turtles. in the past but this my first tortoise. I have a big back yard and I have a garden. with alotta things. the little one can eat. and I have an out door set up for em and I let em roam the front and back yard supervised of course but I wanna grow some good staple worthy. grasses...any suggestions.ps I've got calcium powder.and I do soak em I need a name but don't know if the little one is a boy or. girl

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-21
    Sex is not easy to determine visually in a young tortoise, its usually at about usually 3-4 years of age and 10' to 14' in size before you can reliably sex them. Males develop convex or out-spreading anal scutes, while females are just the opposite with concave or in-spreading anal scutes. mMles also haveindented plastrons while there is no indentation on females.

    On diet, African Spurred Tortoises are from a dry arid region and feed on grasses and other plants. In captivity they require a very high-fiber, grass-based diet as the bulk of their food. Too much protein in the diet will cause abnormal growth rates, which can lead to other problems. Coastal hay is really good and helps with digestion, but be cautious with alfalfa hay products as they are too rich in protein for the bulk of their diet. They can also be feed weeds, a variety of grasses, and clover, as well as other greens and vegetables. For grasses, it really depends on where you live and what will grow in your area.
  • Eva - 2014-09-22
    I keep the little one in side at night and I have a heating. pad under the temparary 20 gallon tank I have for now but I need to know the correct wattage I need to have for the uvb bulbs.but like I've stated most of the day the baby is out in the yard .
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Melissa - 2014-09-18
I just received my tortoise as a anniversary gift and I love it .... She will be a year old in oct ... I just fed her some catcus and she lived it. ... Trying to build her home but what to you place in the bottom of her tortoise table

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-19
    It's suggested that a mix of 1/2 play sand and 1/2 topsoil is probably best. Shredded paper is okay, and some use it because it's inexpensive and easy to replace, but straw or hemp are not recommended. 
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Sean b - 2014-08-09
i just got my baby red foot tortoise last tuesday and he won't eat sometimes i can get him to eat bananas. He love to play in the water and roam around his cage. And when we take him out he likes to crawl around and he loves the sun. But i cant gwt him to eat like anything

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  • Maya - 2014-09-09
    Hey, bananas aren't ideal for baby red foot tortoises. Have you tried leafy greens (lettuce, rucola, kale etc), apple, tomato? When I got my red foot, she didn't eat much for the first few days, until she adjusted to her environment, so once you've tried a variety of foods, just wait a bit until he gets used to his new home! :)
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jay - 2014-08-24
I have a 17 year old female leopard tortoise, she is lovely and spends most of the day wondering round our house as it's too cold outside. She has a large box in our kitchen with a heat lamp where he sleeps at night, and then she has a day lamp which she chooses when to go under or not, he is free to go in and out of his enclosure in to our house whenever she likes and spends alot of the time basking in the sun coming in through the window or sitting with out dog who absolutely loves her.

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  • shannon - 2014-09-04
    I have 2 torts about. 1 and half yr old male and female they r so sweet there running the house right now they get a bath every other day they where a amazing addition to my life
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Azy - 2008-02-18
Hello everyone! I purchased my sulcata 2 years ago from a local petshop. Once I saw it I fell in love with it. The petshop owner did not know much about it, only that it would grow really large. He told me one name, but as I found out later he was wrong. My undergrad major was in biology and I studied herpetology. I classified the tortoise as a Sulcata tortoise. I did research and learned all I could about it. At first I did not know her sex, and I decided to name her flip, due to her flipping over all the time. I live in South Texas where we have very short winters or none at all. I have a very large yard where she enjoys digging, sun bathing, and grazing. She is very accustom to me and comes and knocks on the door for food or just curiosity. She's not that large yet, but I can't wait for her to get bigger.

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  • colten comer - 2010-11-18
    She will get VERY large.
    I got one when I was 11 I am now 18.
    I named mine MR. T.
    He is now 250-300 pounds and 16-20 inches across the bottom of his shell from left to right.
    If you want to learn more email me.
    coltenmcomer@hotmail.com
  • Saly - 2010-11-22
    I'm from South Texas too, the RGV to be exact...I'm thinking about buying one, would you recommend it?
  • Jenny - 2013-08-31
    Saly I'm from the RGV, too and the sulcata s are absolutely a joy, I have had them for about 3 years. They are a lot of work, but I love them. Jenny
  • clara - 2014-08-28
    I think every pet owner that owns an African spurred tortoise is a success. I have two African spurred tortoises and they are the best thing that ever hapend to me. I am very excited to create a new chapter in my life with my tortoises
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Brianna - 2013-04-24
I acquired my tortoise from a relative recently and only after much research found it to be (I hope) a Russian tortoise. Crush is a little trouble maker with some attitude lol but he is very smart and knows when it's time to eat. He has been staying in a large wooden enclosure filled with 'critter care' bedding that seems to suit him fine. Is there anything else I should provide him?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-24
    These are great little tortoises, and it sounds like you're on your way to a great time with your new friend. The information above will give you a good overview of what they need. Wishing you and your Russian Tortoise all the best.
  • wayne - 2014-08-03
    Brianna you need to provide 90 degree heat at one end for him to bask under and a cooler end of 70 degrees. At night shut lights and heat off as his nights should be light and heat free to simulate his natural environment. Also his shelter should be placed at the cooler end.Best of luck,research, research, research !!
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lee - 2010-10-07
Can a Sulcata tortoise live outdoor in my garden? I live in California, Los Angeles and the weather is 70 to 90 day time, 40 to 60 night time.

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  • laurie - 2012-11-20
    yes but you have to keep a very close eye on them and if they are not fully grown birds will try to eat them and also sulcata tortoises hate and do not go well with dogs
  • suzanne - 2014-08-03
    I have had our sulcata tortoise for 9 years and she grew up with and gets along with my 9 yr old teacup poodle, 7 year old pug and 2 year old boxer. In fact she sleeps in their dog house with them. To say they don't get along dogs is nit correct.
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