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nick - 2012-03-25
hiya i have just buy a leopard tortise and the shell look matt. does that suppose to be like that.
thanks ..

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Barb - 2011-08-01
I have a leopard tort baby and he lives in a 4x4 doorless closet. He is very healthy, eats and poops fine. My question is, when I take him outside, he is very active. Inside he eats and hides, doesn't walk around much. The substrate is a mix of Timothy and alfalfa hay. Any suggestions?
Thanks
Bard

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-02
    There just more room to run around outside???? Like the outdoors - makes sense but could there be enough light for him in a closet. Is there a pen you can set up for him?
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Tony - 2010-04-13
Hi,

I have a leopard turtle but do not know if it's male or female. It's about 10" long. How can I find out?

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  • Doug Wolkow - 2010-04-29
    Check the base of the tail. The females have a larger V around the tail. The females also are larger and have a more domed shell. The larger area "V" is for the passing of eggs in a mature specimen. A male will also start to form a concaveness on the bottom of their shell. This serves to mount the female in mating so the shells fit and don't slide off each other.
  • a - 2010-07-28
    Would you want to sell her?
  • Walter - 2011-02-22
    Go to YouTube and in the search box type:Tracking and Sexing a Leopard Tortoise
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Diane Sarvela - 2012-09-30
I am wondering what watt heat lamp I need for my tortoise. He has spent the whole summer outside during the day so I never needed one. Now it is getting cold out and he will not ba able to roam outside. How many hours a day do I need the light on? How far away do I keep the light for him? Thanks Diane

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-30
    The wattage of the heat lamp for your Sulcata Tortouse will relate to the size of the terrarium you put him in, but also the temperature of the area you keep the tank in. Generally a larger tank needs a higher wattage than a smaller one, but it may take some experimenting for your particular environment. The environment info above discusses the setup and heating temperatures needed for the warm side of the terrarium. You can use a thermometer, like a glass mounted one sold for fish aquariums, to monitor the temperature on each end of the environment.
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Melissa Ahearn-Agroti - 2012-09-30
Hi! I am the new proud owner of a Greek tortiose!! He( who is actually a she, but my son was adament we call her Mr. Tuck) has been with us for two weeks. I have a question about an enclosure for her. We live in Cyprus, so are climate is warm for all except 3-4 months of the year where is becomes mild hi 50-60 during the day and 30-40 at night.We live in an apartment and would like Mr. Tuck to be mostly outdoors. I have a back veranda that is about 7 feet by 4 feet and gets sun almost all day. Its tiled. how can I improve it and would I still have to bring him in in the winter??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-30
    How awesome to have a Greek Tortoise, they are truly wonderful creatures. The environment info above discusses the space and temperature needs, so you can adapt it to your particular situation. However, your 3-4 months are too cold. You will need to adjusted for the outdoor environment to provide more heat, or move him inside.
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Benoit - 2012-08-16
Hi! I live in Brazil and I just got a young Red Footed tortoise who 'invaded' my yard. It's about 3' long. My daughter loved it and we decided to keep it. I'd like to know if we can wash its shell (it is sooooo dirty) and if exist some oil (with vitamin) we could use to let her shiny! I took care of Lizards (Physignatus) Snakes (Boas - constrictor and a couple of Python - Regius) in the past, but I never had to deal with tortoise like this Carbonaria :) I remember that I used to give some D3 vitamin complement to my lizards, it was a kind of oil....

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-16
    You can wash your litle guy very gently with a soft toothbrush and luke warm water.  Wash him in a container (just for him) that is cleaned out using only water.   Do not bathe him in the tub or the kitchen sink but a container used just for him and cleaned throughly with just water.  I could find nothing regarding a recommendation to put anything on his shell.  He might be molting or just cleaning a few times might restore appearance but these guys are shiny.  So just soft toothbrush in clean container and luke warm water filled about 1 - 2 inches in container.
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Anonymous - 2011-09-16
We have an African Spurred Tortoise that is living in our back yard in Danbury CT. We just moved in and so did it (literally 2 days after we did). I am trying unsuccessfully to find this tortoise a home. We can't keep it as it is rather large and it can't stay outside because it is too cold. Is there anyone on here that would want to come get it? I have contacted numerous organizations but none will take it.

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  • Matt - 2011-09-21
    I would be more than happy to take it. How much would it cost to ship to Florida?
  • Euni - 2011-09-25
    I'll take him off your hands. I have a few tortoises myself. Love reptiles. Where are you located?
  • Joe - 2011-10-02
    Not sure if you found anyone to take your tortoise
    if not I would like to come and get him. Please let me know via email
  • Susan zdilla - 2011-10-04
    Hello I was just wondering if you found the tortoise a home. I currently have a baby and am looking for an adult sulcata tortoise. Please email me anytime.
    thanks
    susan zdilla
  • Brian - 2011-10-12
    The Pratt NatureCenter in new Milford, CT has an African Spurred Tortise and I'm sure they would be willing to take another. Their number is 860-355-3137
  • Hamilton Brower - 2011-10-12
    Wow. I am writing as of Oct 12, 2011...if you still are in possession of this tortoise, could you please contact me at 917-756-5185 in New Milford or contact Jess, Diane or Pat at the Pratt Nature Center in New Milford, CT at 860-355-3137. THANK YOU!
  • Marilyn - 2011-10-17
    I'm sure my Sulcata would love a friend. I have a huge yard and 3 tortoises. Weather is perfect down here in Miami too for them. If you still have not found it a home I'd be more than happy adopt :) Please contact me at 305-305-8388. Thanks
  • Gabriel Esparza - 2011-10-29
    I have a large backyard and have a 5 yr old spurred tortoise roaming in my yard. If you still looking for a good home, West Covina, California. Great weather all year around. Please contact me. Gabe 626-826-9299.
  • Kim V Smith - 2011-11-06
    I would like to have it I already have one and know how to take care of it.
  • vincent - 2011-11-10
    please contact me i am vincent
  • juan - 2012-02-09
    Do you still have that tortoise ???
  • Heather Horning - 2012-07-26
    I was given a large(nine year old African tortoise and was told it was a female. As a result I bought a male almost as big as 'she' was. It turns out that she attempts to mount the male tortoise, and today I saw clear signs in the genitalia that 'she' is a male. I need a large female tortoise, this time with expert testimony that it is in fact a female. it seems you have had many responses, so you may no longer have the tortoise. Please let me know.
  • Rob Altonea - 2012-08-14
    Hi, I'm very interested in picking up the Sulcatta Tortoise if you still have it , I have a large Sulcatta for 17 years and know how to care for them , I'm on Long Island and will make the Drive ... Please call Rob or Sharon @ 631 664-8496
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Candace Jean - 2010-12-19
I just got my buddy (turbo) he's the best russain tortise ever! My Boyfriend and him are becoming best buds and my boyfriend didn't want me to get one in the first place.. good thing I did. Turbo and Dan play hide and seek everyday. :) I love thoes guys!

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  • vikki - 2012-07-04
    Hi, I have a horsefiled tortoie and his heat bulbe has gone what can I use till I get one?   tomaz thanks
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Chipper - 2012-06-27
I found an african tortise (from what I can identify) in my yard (WPB,Fl) yesterday. It's a little bigger than a softball. So far, it seems to be eating. I am assuming it was a pet and somehow got loose. Is it ok to keep it outside? There's plenty of sunlight during the day but what about at night?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-27
    Depending on temps yes.  If it as a place to go like a insulated dog hpuse.
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Amy - 2010-01-19
I just bought a baby sulcata about 2 weeks ago and he recently passed this morning. The vet said it was a natural selection issue, he was born with liver problems. I noticed the pet store didnt know too much about him as well. Are there any good local breeders of sulcatas on oahu? I would like to get another maybe a bit older, and the pet stores only sell hatchlings.

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  • Will - 2010-07-04
    Hi Amy I know your post was back in Jan. But I recently came across it depending on your area they have reptile shows and honestly that is the only way I get my reptiles because they know the reptiles history, I also work at one in whiteplains NY I have made many mistakes buying reptiles at pet stores, which I will never do again one because they are over priced and two they don't know anything about them. Here's my email address alucard66665@aol.com any questions feel free to contact me. Will
  • Bernie Richardson - 2010-07-13
    I know this post is old. But, I am selling 2 of my 1 1/2 yr. old male sulcatas here on Oahu. If you still interested.
  • Rick - 2010-11-21
    So sorry for your loss. I have two baby sulcatas. Lilly and shell(i), and since I received them as new hatchlings on 9/1/2010 I guess their age would be about 3-4 months. So far I have been doing lots of research and trying to separate good from bad information. I also found out the local pet store staff, were semi clueless.
  • karen - 2012-06-13
    I have on ealso same thing sometimes normal and hard poops and other is a white runny poops but he is healty had him for 5 years so no worry
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