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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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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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