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Barbara Holmes - 2011-11-13
My husbsand bought a Sulcata this past summer. We live in bakersfield california and the climate is usually good. Our Sulcata has developed a running nose this week. Is this normal? We have grown to love him and really enjoy watchiing him. He comes running whenever my husband goes out back. We keep him in a large shed with a heating lamp and he will only peak out to see how warm it is. We have two pot belly pigs that he loves to crawl over.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-11-14
    Usually a runny nose is an early sign of a respiratory problem. Has it been cold/damp in his normal environment at all? They definitely do not do well in cold wet environments. That is good that you have a heating lamp, but I would also make sure that where he sleeps is not damp at all and that the temperature does not get too cold. Just keep an eye on him and see if the runny nose seems to get worse.
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lynnette - 2010-12-24
I just got my russian tortoise and I love him sooo much! He's friendly and loves to exercise around the house (with close supervision of course!) He's so much fun. I named him boris and look forward to a very long happy relationship with him! These tortoises are wonderful pets and are so much fun to care for! Yes I've fallen in love with boris and recommend to anyone who is willing to provide a good home a russian tortoise! I'm so happy with boris! What a wonderful addition to my family! :)

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Sue Hawkinson - 2010-04-08
I have a problem. I ran into someone that has a African Spurred Tortoise that had been given to them 2 years ago. We are right near Tampa Florida and this winter has been a very cold one. I have had tortoises of all kinds and breed snakes and have over 250 snakes and Iguana's that have been trained and never lived in a cage. Can walk and drive and listen like a dog. Back to the Tortoise they call T T. It's large I'm saying without measuring about an easy 24" from front to back of shell I will get measurements tomorrow from front to back and side to side. Anyway it was VERY cold for Florida. It lives outside and has it's own burrow but, I brought a print out of what the tortoise needs and that is shouldn't be outside if under 60 deg at night and what it needs to eat. We have had frost and you never see your breath and for months you have been able to. I seen her when I first came to my daughters house and noticed it and went to talk to the people and they said I could come at any time and visit it and come into the yard. I've seen it twice and the first time the day I brought the paper there it came out of the burrow and I could hear it the sound it was making when breathing. I told the son of the owner and he said "no they hiss some times" this was no hiss. I bought a hing back with an upper respiratory infection and it came with medication and a needle to give it shots but after a couple of years of being him back and forth to the vet he died. Then I seen a thing on animal channel that explained the systems of a tortoise and how slow they are and how it takes months to get rid of it. That is if it isn't gone in pneumonia. Kicked myself. I also noticed on this African Spurred Tortoise that the bottom of it's mouth is over grown and couldn't even get to the pieces that I brought it of Melon and strawberries and grapes and turnip greens collard mustard and romaine. I've never seen a tortoise devour anything so fast. I kept telling her slow down chew.. It was killing me. The father came out I was leaving to go get a couple of more whole leaves for her to rip and he said "it doesn't need that, it needs to get use to what is in they yard". Now with the winter they way it was has killed all kinds of stuff. If they had bushes that I have for my Iguana's and all to eat and grasses and all they I'd think cool. How much weight would a healthy African Spurred Tortoise gain per year with eating right? And another thing. I offered to have a mobile vet come to check her out, because she cannot eat right with the bottom of her mouth beak or whatever it's called it over grown but on one side so she can't bite right. He also said." I had him at a vet and they said it's ok". I know it isn't and tomorrow I will have pictures. Please I need to know how much weight it should be gaining. They say it weighs 70 lbs. But if it's a female that should be it and if it's a male from what you said he should be getting bigger. please I know what is right and if it's sick it takes a Long time for them to really show it and then die. Oh when I fed it today I did put calcium on the food knowing that it doesn't have anything to eat. Also you said it should be kept in a dry spot. Where her burrow is, if it rains and it's going to rain and rain a lot and Florida having such a high water table, Her burrow could flood. I said I'd put a lean to over it. so that when it rains it runs off and not directly into her opening to her burrow and fill it. Please........ help me here... so that I can show these people that this isn't right. I don't want their turtle. I offered to pay for the vet to come to their house like I said. I wish I had the pictures to include... I love reptiles and people don't realize how smart they are. Even snakes that have no ears. my rattlesnakes don't bite me and if I handle a rat to much they will nip it but it doesn't die until it see me walk away... She thinks it's me or my hand. She'll just lung at the rat but no bite until I'm gone. So I no longer handle it before feeding them to her.

Thank you and please help me... or give me something to show him. Yeah if the grass is there and good and the weeds, but they should at least help it along with food. They don't have money I know that. But not right to let the African Spurred Tortoise die.

Thank you Sue Hawkinson......

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  • Jami - 2010-06-20
    Have you contacted your local animal control or pet rescue organization? I wouldn't want anyone to lose a pet, but maybe they can make these people understand that it is their responsibility to give this tortoise the proper care, housing and nutrition. If they can't, maybe they will relocate it with someone that will.
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Maxine lenett - 2011-10-10
I have an African spurred tortoise that is 5 to 6 yrs. Old. I live in the high desert in Calif. And it gets very cold here in fall and winter months. I don't want to keep him in an aquarium. I was told that he needs more freedom, room, and outside light. I love him so much but don't know that this year I can keep him warm and provided for like I want to. Any suggestions? Or does anyone have a better home to provide and would like to purchase him. Want ONLY
The best for him. Heartbroken. He loves his outside enclosure that works well but only for the summer months. Thank you!

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  • Diana - 2011-10-11
    I'm responding to your tortoise dilema, my name is Diana and live in Riverside CA.and I have a 5 year old female named squirt who lives freely all year in our backyard but seems lonely so if you want a good home for your tortoise we have one here let me know
  • George - 2011-10-18
    I have a 2 1/2 acres with 2 African Spurred Tortoises and would be happy to give your guy a good home. I will pay you $40. My place is in La Quinta, Ca. I love my tortoises, they are the best pets ever.
  • Yolanda - 2011-10-23
    I have 2, African tortoises and live in WA state. It gets very cold here but there are other alternatives besides giving them away. I keep my tortoises indoors and let them roam around. I have selected a room of their own and that's where they do their feedings. When the colder months come around I turn on the heater for them. They are a part of my family and treat them as such. I will say, I keep the door closed when I feed them because that's normally when it's time to use the bathroom. I then go in and clean after them and let them continue roaming around the house. There is no sunshine over here in the winter months, so the outside is out of the question. But every chance I can, I release them on my backyard so they can enjoy the little bit of sun we occasionally do have.
  • Gabriel Esparza - 2011-10-29
    I live in West Covina, Ca. Large backyard and have a 5 year old Spurred tortoise. If you are still looking for a good home. Please contact me. Gabe
  • vincent - 2011-11-10
    Maxine i would be interested please email me vincent
  • Anonymous - 2012-01-16
    I have a 75 lb male and 40 lb female and live in NY. I use depends diapers for them, and size 3 pamper diapers for my smaller ones. They all run throughout to house, as long as they have a diaper on. Believe me, it works
  • Winston Ramirez - 2012-03-08
    how much would you like for your sulcata tortoise? I have 4 hectares of grassland (fenced) btw I live in the Philippines
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Darren Cox - 2011-12-28
Hello, we picked our 2 five month old spur thighed tortoises up today and they are very active and very friendly!!! eating out of our hands etc and seem to love being held very pleased we got them from a very nice breeder and was able to see the mum and dad would never go to the pet shops to purchase them! really pleased!!

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nathan spayer - 2007-04-21
got one a few months ago! quite shy! loves his frits! its been a treat thus far and little bit of work at the same time getting it (gilbert) adjusted to a new habitat! lives in a terrarim and is about 1 year old. have a heat omitter, not a basking lamp, and a uvb light. keep his habitat moist at about 70% humidity and about 80 degrees and a few hiding spots.

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  • Katina Resetar - 2011-11-17
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Patti - 2011-11-24
I purchased my sulcata from a well known pet shop but he never opens his eyes!! He walks around his home but when in a corner acts like he can't see to turn himself thus he sits in the corner till I move him. Can babies go blind and does anyone know what would cause this?? Desperate for help. thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-24
    Anything can be born blind or just have trouble seeing. I would check his eye lids to make sure they actually can open. Sounds strange but there can be eye gunk (whatever) that for some reason has his lids closed. Just clean the eye lids with warm water and a q tip. If his eye lids are truly just together, you can ask a vet how the eye lids can be opened. Sounds strange but if he is blind and can't see, it doesn't mean that he is miserable or unhappy. Easy thing is maybe he just likes peace and quiet. If he is eating and pooping with regularity, don't worry but check the eyelids.
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Diane - 2011-11-06
I live in Arizona with my so called "juvenile" sulcata. It is fall, with cooler weather now. My tort doesn't poop when coming back from the park lately, and hardly ever pees. I've heard that they can get "stones"...how do you tell, or how do you prevent them/get rid of them?

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Claire Barry - 2011-11-06
My spur thigh male is already showing signs to hibernate, so when he is put in his box with soil, he won't dig he try's to climb out, when I try and help him bury, he just climbs back up to the surface then falls asleep. I don't know if he will be safe like this during the winter can anyone help suggest what to do?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-11-06
    Is he primarily an outdoor tortoise? If so, and he does not go into hibernation before it gets too cold, you may want to consider giving him an indoor home over the winter so that he does not die. They do not do well in cold wet environments at all.
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Adam - 2011-10-28
I've got two greek spur thigh toroises. Their extremly tame if I say so myself. They let you stroke their head. They stay out of there shell once you have picked them up. No animal is ever the same though I would recommend these as pets they are great!

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