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Dorothy Howell - 2010-05-29
We have a female yellowfoot who was a local rescue. We got her at about 12 years old. She lays 3 clutches of 8 eggs almost every spring but has never been bred. She's now about 23 years old and is very tame. Loves attention, dances when you scratch her shell and does push-ups too. She has jewel yellow markings on her face, very pretty. She topped off at 20 LBS.

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  • Ken - 2011-10-19
    Its been a week since I found a y/f, its a girl, best I can figure she about 3-4.
    Still try to get a place for her to go when its gets cold. But wanted to know if your turtle eggs ever hatch and what does your turtle like to eat. And do you know how old a y/f has to be to lay eggs ?
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Heather - 2011-08-02
We just got our red footed tortoise aka Rocky, and I noticed everyone talks about feeding it fresh veggies, fruits and protein, but what about the tortoise food that comes in little pellets? Our tortoise seems to really like to eat them and now he is going the bathroom regularly and seems more active. Before I started the pellets he didn't eat much or go the bathroom much. So is it ok that he is eating tortoise food pellets everyday?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-02
    Pellets plus the fruits and vegetables and the protein you are doing works good. You are feeding as he would select from a menu. Good for you.
  • villy - 2011-08-25
    Pellets can not be 100% of the tortoises diet. Anything I've ever heard specifically state that it shouldn't be more than 50%. They NEED their fruits and veggies (though mostly veggies). However, there is absolutely nothing wrong with pellets as part of a balanced, varied diet, and my little redfoot LOVES his pellets. He'll gobble up most of his fresh stuff as soon as it is given, then pick at his pellets the rest of the day.
  • Lance - 2011-10-15
    You would be surprised what these hearty eaters will take down if it's put in front of them, occasionally I'll put a new piece of coral or something like that to decorate the habitat and they will begin nibbling on the rocks. They taste first and decide whether or not they like it later on.

    I had the same problem where mine don't really like their greens too much so I actually supplement their diet with the pellets you speak of but more often I actually use crushed up freeze dried chicken mixed with some very high end dog food that's made of 75% veggies and 25% meats but I still try to feed them vegetable medleys whenever I can get them to eat it but they go absolutely nuts for the mixture I described above and it makes them grow like crazy too. Since I started them on this diet it's made my dog angry but they absolutely love it, both of them dive head first into the dish and don't leave until the whole thing is gone.

    This may not be considered good, I really don't know but mine are very happy and healthy so I'm sticking with it partly because it takes about a week for the food to go bad so I can leave it in there and not worry about them if I have to go anywhere for a few days.

    Good luck and have fun with your Redfoot, they are pretty darn cool. I even have several other toads, water frogs and reptiles in a very large enclosure with them and the tortoises actually let them all ride them around the tank and they never snap at anything living even when the dog harasses them. Great little pets and easy to care for.
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Paula Clark - 2011-09-10
My son found a matemata turtle today on 9-10-2011. We are going to try to raise it. We named it "SPIKE". If you have any suggestions or facts, please send us an e-mail, paulaclarktx2@yahoo.com. Thank you very much. Please write soon, need help!!!!

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sjkfgl - 2009-07-26
I have a tortoise about 8 inches long with those yellowish redish scales on his legs and face. But the bcak looks nothing like that in the picture. The shell looks like M's or W's in orange across the cack. what is it?

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danielle s - 2011-06-20
s the african spurred tortoise illegal in California?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-20
    My guess would be that they are legal in California. Animal World article says they are readily avaible through breeders even though on the Cites Appendix II list. You can ask a breeder or you can call Fish and Game and ask the question just in case you need a permit.
    A reliable breeder in CA would know the answer though.
  • Spring Pace - 2011-07-25
    They are not illegal to own in California
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Joel - 2010-09-08
I just bought my sulcata yesterday. He seems very happy one thing I noticed is that he scratches one of his eyes. Is this a problem?

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  • colten comer - 2010-11-18
    It could be.
    I will check with a few sources to get an answer.
  • Bubblephobia - 2011-01-07
    Yes, it means he is dehydrated. Soak him in warm water immediately making sure he can keep his head above the water. To keep my hatchling hydrated I place her in her water dish every time I pass her tank.
  • Spring Pace animal care - 2011-07-25
    Does one eye look different than the other? Dry eyes may be an indication of dehydration, soak your baby in warm water every day for about 20 min, make sure the humidity levels are high in his tort table, you can insure that by using a substrate that holds moisture like coconut coir. Congrats and please join a chat group like African-Tortoise@yahoogroups.com, you'll find great people w/ lots of practical sulcata experience. Smiles
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colten comer - 2010-11-18
iI have found out that sulcatas are very smart.
If they can see you throw a vegi or fruit that they like they will eat them in the order you throw them even if they have to step over them to get to the one thrown before it.
I have had mine for seven years.
When I got mine he was $400 and fit in my palm.
He was a very expensive birthday present but my dad and I came to find that they are very cool and smart pets.
I have got MR.T that's what I named him 7 years ago to remember up to 13 tomatoes in order.
If anyone wants info or just an opinion
text or email me
1-573-489-1224
coltenmcomer@hotmail.com

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  • Tabby - 2010-11-29
    Can you give me any tips on taking care of a baby 2-3" Sulcata? I will be getting it here shortly, like days. So I would like some tips from you since you have had yours a while. I have a red foot tort right now. I have been into reps for 30 yrs but just recently into torts. My other passion is snakes and Iguanas, so I am aware of the importance of uvb/uva bulbs. I guess I just need help on feed?
  • Elizabeth - 2011-01-02
    What do you normally feed your turtle? I have been giving him only lettuce (iceberg and romaine).
  • Spring Pace animal care - 2011-07-25
    Mine does the same thing Colton, very smart animals, I use Orchard Grass and my guy focuses on the bag until the grass hits the ground or its going to diasppear before he gets his share. I don't give mine tomatoes, but in the summer he does enjoy a fat slice watermelon. He's 20 inches long and 60+ lbs
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Animal lover - 2011-07-21
I am getting a red footed tortoise and by the way Everybody describes them I am glad I am getting one. She is sick so she has to stay at the vets for awhile. :(

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-23
    Congratulations and let us know about her. I am sorry she is ill but glad you are getting her. Is it a her????
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nicole - 2010-10-04
Hi I live in Southern LA, and have fell in love with a Sulcata Tortoise. I have spent a week now talking with my husband to decide if one would be a fit for us. I have always been in love with turtles and have several red ear sliders and soft shells. Last week at a local pet shop I got to pet and feed a Sulcata who was about 20 lbs. We are now considering adopting a baby.
My question is since I am thinking long terms since they can live a very long time is how will they get along with a small dog once they are big? I have a shitzu poodle and I am just curious if others have had their tortoise around other pets?
Also my 2nd question is, since vegetarian they would be likely to eat your flowers in the garden.. hmm I love gardening too.
3rd. Can anyone give me an idea of what it costs to feed them?

Thank you! Trying to make the best decision.. nicole

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  • colten comer - 2010-11-18
    Nicole
    I have had a sulcata for 7 years.
    When I got him he fit in my palm,
    I was 11 then.
    If you get one he will do fine around pets and really doesn't like flowers much but he will eat almost any vegi
    and not too many fruits.
    They are not cheap to feed the best thing that I have figured out is to buy pure alfalfa seed and grow it.
    You said LA?
    They cannot be in weather below 70 degrees.
    I have built a small dog house like home that has a heater but I do not keep him out in his field once the temperature reaches 60 or below.
    If you do grow alfalfa you can cut and dry it in the summer and keep it in paper bags to keep it dry.
    That is his main source of nutrients during the winter.
    They will not eat grass regularly and they sleep a lot.
    But they are very cute.
    And they get large fast.
    Youu can email or text me anytime for info
    1-573-489-1224
    coltenmcomer@hotmail.com
  • april - 2011-01-15
    We have our 2 carine terriers, 3 bunnies, and 2 torties all hang out it the backyard. Our dogs chase cats, birds, anything, but they've never bothered our toties. As long as you have a little dog you're in the clear. We garden a lot too but I've found that there are so many dangerous plants. Our sulcatas like nasturtium flowers and you can eat them too! We live in Orange county, so we grow all our veggies for our animals in the backyard. So it can cost like nothing to feed them but seeds and your time.

    hope that helps.

  • april - 2011-01-15
    If you're still looking for one this fish store were we bought ours still has one for 80 bucks. Only weighs 4lbs. It's called coral oasis in costa mesa.
  • Jim Misiak - 2011-05-22
    My cost is very low, nothing. Rocko is 18 years old and weights 130 lbs. He will graze all day on backyard grass. We have flowers in planters that we feed everyday to him and our other turtles. He eats leaves that fall off the tree. He loves laventera leaves. Every bush or tree I prun back goes in his yard for him to eat. He never gets store bought food!
  • JIM BRANT - 2011-06-11
    Nicole, My wife and I live in SE Louisiana and have two Sulcatas .More or less our children. They bring so much joy to my wife. But there is a problem she doesn't like eating in a eatery that serves turtle soap. No medical problems, they are very hardy . They consume only about two heads of roman lettuce per day,supplemented by a little apple and fruit. Cost is maybe $3.00 a day. We have had them 6 years, when we got them they was like a silver dollar. Now they are are like large foot tub.If we can help any kind of way please let us know.We are about to design a habitat for them. We do keep them in a green house but they have access to go in or out. Good luck Jim
    gitanogem101@yahoo.com
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Debby Swiechowicz - 2007-09-01
We now have a male and female adult yellowfoot. They are among the friendliest tortoises that we have ever had. They will continually come when called and stay for petting as long as you will pet. Your hand will tire before your yellowfoot does of the attention. We currently have redfoots, leopards, greeks, russians, sulcatas, and burmese mountain tortoises. Of all of them, the yellowfoot is by far the friendliest of them all. If you want a lap tortoise, the yellowfoot is for you.

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  • Kirk - 2010-07-22
    Do you have any recommendations or examples of indoor terrariums...I have built one, with a lot of money for a nearly 14" yellow foot male and am doing my best to accommodate him, humidity seems to be the hardest thing to control so I'm looking for nice ideas...

  • Esther - 2011-05-18
    You have a lot of different turtles. You're a good owner! (P.S.Yay! "Thumbs up")
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