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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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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
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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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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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carina - 2011-03-02
I had just got a red foot. I got him off my friend who told me to give him 2 cherry tomatoes every other day. That too many are bad for him, and I shouldn't give him anything else besides the tortoise food. And the big container of water was just there because that's what he poops in. But I have found that he likes to kinda sit in the water, and dunks his head. So I try to keep it warm for him and clean. I also had to give him a little bath when I got him because he had what looked like brown scum on his shell. My kids love to watch him eat. He does great with the tomatoes! But, I want to give him more, he is 5 yrs old and hasn't grown any for the past 3 yrs, so I want to know what I can give him, how much, how often and hopefully he will start to grow again and become more healthy. He is very active but I have noticed that he will go into his shell for a few hrs at a time. I'm guessing he is sleeping, but how long should he be doing that? I am so very new at this whole tortoise thing, I need all the help I can get, from caring, bathing, caging, handling, and feeding. Please help answer some of my questions so I can better help my red-foot, and take care of him properly. Thank you very much!

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  • John - 2011-03-17
    Well what I have found out that dandelion greens are good for the red foot, I give mine a variety of different greens, dandelion, mustard greens, turnip green, I also give him cucumber, and zucchini. I give him protien every two months, I give him a small amount of a boiled egg. I also give mine a little of the banana, strawberries and mango. They love their fruit so make sure they have their greens that day first. Their diet is about 85% greens 10% fruit and 5% protein. I just make sure he has as much food as he can eat for that day. You will eventually know how much to give to him. Just make sure you remove the old and replace with fresh food every day.Mine has grown so much. I know when I first got him he was sick with diarrea for a couple of days and would not eat. He was used to the pellets they feed him at the pet store and also needed a good wash to get rid of the fungus that was growing on his shell. I constantly give him fresh warm water to soak in and drink and I keep him clean, I also clean his area once a week. His happy and seems very healthy. I hope this will helps.
  • Kathy - 2014-07-01
    The pellets are not good for him my buster eats kale, collard greens, raspberries, blueberries, all lettuce except iceberg (no iceberg). Throw seeds in the ground, get the kids into having a garden then let him graze. Enjoy them they are cool pets.
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Susan B - 2012-05-08
I have a new red foot (about 6 days) he's a yearling. He hides in his log all the time unless I pull him out for his soak. That wakes him up and he will wander around the house a little and eats only a tiny amount (one small piece of greens or a 1/4 a strawberry or a 1/2 grape tomato). He has eaten only very small amounts. As soon as he is back in his enclosure, he returns to the log. How long will this behavior last? He is in a 4 x 2 small animal pen. Wire top. I have a basking area at 90* and a cool end about 70*. A UVB light, water pond and humidity about 60%. Is it conditions or bashfulness? Help or advice from those more experienced appreciated!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-05-08
    Yeah, I'd be worried about his not eating. Try some different greenstuffs to see if you can find something that attracts him. Check with the previous owner about his diet, maybe he has a favorite food. If all else fails, get him a checkup with a veterinarian to make sure he doesn't have internal parasites or other illness. A vet will want a stool sample. He needs to be eating more...
  • Susan B - 2012-05-09
    He came from a Petsmart. They had him on freeze-dried pellets. I want him to eat fresh foods. I turned off his UVB yesterday for awhile and he wandered around his pen for a longer period. Last night, he burrowed in next to his log instead of under it. I read on this site that many ppl have experience with their red foots when they are rehomed, but they do come around. I will keep my eye on him...
  • sheena - 2012-06-06
    I've also read that when transfered to a new home the may fast and can go long periods of time without food or water. I just got one myself she is so funny. She has no fear and loves to run outside in the grass! Petco and petsmart really couldnt give me much info on the breed! lol Great help they where. Give him or her some time. Mine love cherry tomatoes those r her favorite!
  • Kathy - 2014-07-01
    No grapes. That is what I was told. I have a rf, at first he stayed in the log now he goes everywhere. He is a very interesting pet to have, enjoy yours.
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Jeremy W. Sr - 2014-06-26
I live in Somersworth New Hampshire and I have two spurred tortoises, a male that I take care of and a female that's just a baby. The males name is Sully and he is 6 years old going on 7. I babysit him in the summertime from my friend because I have a fenced in yard. The other 1 I have I'm not sure on the age, I got it as a rescue that I've taken care of and brought it back to health. Someone just left her at an apartment and she was in there for almost two months before someone even noticed that she was there. I named her Glaedr after the gold dragon in the book Eragon. They are two of the few reptiles that my girlfriend and I have. I love taking Sully to the park and watching the kids enjoying seeing him and wanting to learn about them.

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tom - 2014-05-29
Hello I have a red footed tortoise, I just wanted to know if I bought an exo terra water fall and pump, would it benefit him and the humidity of the vivarium, seeing as it would be a great feature?

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Crystal Galvan - 2014-04-19
Hi I live in phoenix az. I got two African spurrs, I have had them since they were quarter size about 5 or 6 years now. One is bigger than the other and I do see them either mating or practicing. They have a big hole that they both live in. I feed them trimmings from my grocery store I work at and water them every day. I really never knew much about them but they always seemed happy. Lately the smaller turttle has not been coming out every day and I have noticed she dug a little tunnel on the other side of their hole away from the male. She would normally be directly behind him. Is it possible for her to be laying eggs or is she too young? When they were babies I always had a heat lamp but once they dug their hole they didn't come to their little house anymore so I have not had a heat lamp for about 4 years. They seem very healthy no signs of any sickness and shells are perfect. Just worried about her not coming out, she is too deep for me to try and pull her out. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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