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Not only is the African Spurred Tortoise the largest tortoise on the African mainland, it is the third largest tortoise on the planet!
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I have a 5 year old sulcata, she is very sweet and funny. She scared my 1 year old lab, husky, and corgi by hissing at them! Then to annoy them she ate their food (very unhealthy) and they ate hers! Very good pet.
we live in Arizona which is a great climate for Sulcatas. Currently we house two very large Sulcatas outside in a specially built enclosure. We used railroad ties stacked 4 high and they make a very sturdy and inexpensive wall. We paid about $8.00 each for the railroad ties and we found that they really didn't need to be secured in any way. The size and weight alone make them stack nicely. Our torts are about 50 lbs each so we really needed the enclosure to be strong. We use a double dog house with heat lamps for night time. Its easy to clean out and we replace the dirt inside when it gets soiled or wet. We made an eating platform out of 6-12" flat concrete pavers. It keeps the food off the dirt and we are able to hose it off when it gets dirty. I bought the biggest clay drainage dish I could find at a plant nursery. It's about 24" across. It makes a great water dish. It's shallow but heavy and they love to sit in it. I dug a shallow hole about 3 feet across that on occasion I fill with water and they love to wallow in it and flip mud on their backs. hope this is helpful information!
Hello, we live with our Sulcata here in California. We bought our Sulcata for $l00 when it was 1 week old, now it is 1 year and 2 months old. Its name is Mohammed, we call it "MO". MO is very smart and comes to us when we call his name. He loves to be petted and recognizes his meal of fresh, crisp Romaine. We have not started his calcium, which we intend to sprinkle on his Romaine. We hope to add other desireable greens to his diet soon. He is self-disciplined as he will do his daily 'duty' only during his time in his swimming pool we have provided, which makes it easy to keep his roaming area clean. MO is a very happy and content tortoise! We enjoy him very much!
Hi all, I acquired my baby sulcata about 1 month ago. He was hatched about 2 months ago. Just last week I acquired a baby leopard tortoise which hatched about 1 month ago. I have a 4ft X 4ft tortoise table whcih is split in half to house one of each baby on each side. But I have urges to lift the plywood in the middle to see how they get along. I will do more research on this if it is at all possible during their first year. I know that as adults this won't be possible because of their size & aggression differences. Take care and take good care of your lovely torts.
George - NY
Aloha!! I have a 4 year old female (as far as we can tell). She weighs in at 21 pounds. She is very precious and personable. Thank you for the info so I may better care for her. We live on Maui on an acre and she is a happy girl. And yes, VERY STRONG. Enjoy your tortoises!
Aloha again! Be careful what and how much you feed them. Their shells will pyramid and cause other shell problems, both top and bottom, some requiring shell surgery. ENJOY!
i have a african spurred tortoise he decided to escape. they are very strong, strong enough to escape from a FENCE IN AREA THAT MY DOG CAN'T EVEN GET OUT OF. HE'S ONLY A BABY, SO USE A GOOD PEN. I JUST FOUND HIM YESTURDAY 7/23/06. THEY ARE SO CUTE.
they are very very cute
thank you for the good information it really helped me. keep up the good work