Take a look at Toms post here! https://tortoiseforum.org/threads/the-best-way-to-raise-a-sulcata-leopard-or-star-tortoise.181497/ They’re too young for the hay, and pellets will need to be soaked until soft.
My dads redfoot would attempt to get in the house purely to b line to the dog food. Occasionally it’s fine, personally I’d try to vary the protein source and not just use one thing. Portion size depends on the size of the tortoise. Definitely soak it first so it’s nice and soft.
Step one is a good vet visit because that is not normal shedding, and the gooey looking tissue around it makes me suspect an infection. Make sure it is one well versed in chelonians and if they suggest a vitamin shot as the only method of “treatment” just find a new vet. Until then keep his...
OH I saw spur thigh and am so used to sullys being called that as well I read “med spur thigh” and thought okay a medium sulcata. She’s beautiful! I definitely agree with everyone here just feed what they’ll eat in a day of good foods.
That piece of advice comes from Tom and Yvonne, they’ve seen torts drown in them I believe. I’ve never used them because of their advice. So glad to hear they’re doing a bit better OP, sullys are amazingly hardy. Best wishes for Bowsette!
Heads up that ramp bowl is a death trap for even healthy animals, get him a terracotta dish from the hardware store instead. Best of luck, good on you for taking in this poor tortoise. I wish legal action could be taken against the previous owner.
My dad thought the same until his dog who had peacefully coexisted for 5+ years decided the hermanns would be a fun chew toy. Thankfully the tortoise survived but he’s got permanent damage from it. Doesn’t matter how friendly/trained the dog is, it’s still a dog.
That’s great that he’s settled in! Just a heads since someone mentioned feeding them goldfish, goldfish are terrible nutritionally and are very high in thiaminase which can be dangerous if consumed in excess.