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lisa - 2010-09-15
Hi ya can I keep two males and two females together?

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  • Karl - 2010-12-12
    No the males will kill each other and the females may get injured during their fighting.
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Anonymous - 2010-11-17
My tortoise Leny is the best, I'm so glad I have him... I encourage all to get one!

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Ming - 2010-11-15
Hi my leopard tortoise is 10 cm in length. He's the sweetest little guy in the world and has warmed up to everyone he comes across. I just don't know how old he is, could you help me out?

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Scooter - 2007-01-30
About 7 years ago, I bought a 4" Sulcata tortoise with exquisite diamond shapes on her shell in a pet shop. I asked the store attendant what he could tell me about it and was told "Oh yea man, that's a turtle." I liked the creature and bought it anyway.

The sales clerk who sold me the tortoise had no idea that a sulcata would grow so quickly to such a large size, nor was he aware of its nutritional and environmental needs.

I later learned proper sulcata care. The severe pyramiding process that I thought was so attractive but was in truth a deformity and was stopped with normal growth developing after. Finally, she has grown to the point of reaching the limits of the 55 gallon tank habitat in a Manhattan apartment.

Sulcatas should never be sold to live in an New York apartment. However they are easy and prolific breeders, and the market is flooded with cheap little cute tortoises purchased without understanding the committment a sulcata requires. No animal should ever be sold to anyone unaware that they would someday be unable to properly care for it.

they should never be bought as "cute pets" and no one without experience in keeping these huge tortoises with difficult habitat needs should take on the responsibility for keeping one.

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  • dv - 2010-10-28
    I completely Agree They are the cutest pets yet require life long commitment and proper living condtions Lots of Land, warm climate, Interaction with natural world a Must! maby not during the winter but def the summer.
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xxxx - 2010-09-21
I have a Red-Foot I let him run around the apartment & on the patio. My dog likes to follow it and he'll every once in awhile turn him over. The Red Foot is great pet.

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Kelly - 2010-09-16
I have a russiun tortoise named Mayday and they are the best animal in the world!

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steve & Kui - 2009-02-05
Aloha from Hawaii do you remember Kui the African Spurred Tortoise. Well Kui has done it again, he has gotten his picture in the Midweek in Honolulu Hawaii. See Kui snacking on his favorite red hibicus flower. The guy taking the pictures was amazed with Kui and I think Kui was a little impressed himself. You can see kui's picture in the 2-4-09 Midweek in the windward section. Aloha S D Lynch & Kui
Editor's note: Thanks for sharing the update on Kui, and amazing tortoise!

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  • jessie - 2010-09-03
    Steve, I live on oahu hawaii kai area and was wondering what u feed kui. I just got a baby sulcata and was wondering what kind of local grasses I can feed him/her. Hit me up if u can jmmf808@hotmail.com
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guillermo - 2010-08-29
i have a cherry head red foot tortoise geochelone carbonaria. It is about 4 to 5 inches. I named it Eva and I was wondering if any one knows how big she can get and how long she can live. Thanks

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Sarah - 2010-03-03
We have had our Red-footed tortoise, Stellaluna, for almost a year. We love her so much! She eats daily and wonders around our house regularly. She seems like she has only grown a tiny bit over the last year. Does anyone know how fast she should be growing?

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  • Ilene - 2010-03-29
    I have a 3 year old red-footed tortoise. I also volunteer at a sea turtle rehab hospital in Florida. The vet at our hospital told me to expect about 1 - 1 1/2 inch growth per year.
  • Connie - 2010-05-01
    Sarah,
    I have a red foot and she goes through several growth spurts a year. I can tell because when she grows because the black around her scutes gets very shiny. Turtles and tortoises grow according to how well they are fed(nutritionally). Give enough humidity, good food and safe environment and she'll do fie. Remember, no ICEBERG lettuce. There is no nutritional value in it and once your turtle or tortoise likes it it is difficult to break them of it. Mine likes collard greens, kale and romaine tips (dark green veggies, yum!) Good Luck.
  • turtlebum - 2010-06-15
    Red foots when acquired as babies or 3 mos plus generally grow 2 inches a year. This however, is based on proper husbandry and diet.
  • Stephanie, from CA - 2010-08-24
    I bought mine as a hatchling and in two years she has more than quadrupled her size-= she is now 10" . It's important they get a varied diet including protein sources that mimic what they get in the wild. Mine loves hibiscus flowers, tomatoes, especially home grown, strawberries, mangoes, papaya, cantaloupe, mixed baby field greens and for proteins semi- cooked soft boiled eggs, raw chicken, mill worms, earth worms and rarely a high quality low fat cat food that does not have fillers, like corn etc (kept as a back up if I have been working alot and can't get to the store for meat). In the winter I buy whole frozen strawberries and frozen tropical fruits.
    Hope that helps and oh- I always keep cuttle bones in her cage- she loves them and they keep her bones strong!
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Rj - 2010-08-11
Hi I have two russian tortoises one boy one girl the girls name is millie and the boys is turbo amazingly millie might be a lot older than turbo so I was wondering if they could still mate oh and for everyone that's thinking about getting one they are definitely right for you.

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