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  1. sibi

    Sad Story.....

    I had a hatchling gulf box turtle that was headed to a busy road. I brought it home and tried to make a habitat for it until it was big enough to go out on it's own. To make a long story short, due to ignorance, I placed a small heating pad on one end, and the hatching liked it so much that it...
  2. sibi

    New and Sad

    Hi and welcome to this forum where you'll find the most helpful, informative, experienced owners and breeders in the world! Anything you need to know can be found here. When you're ready to be an owner of a tortoise again, we'll all be here for you.
  3. sibi

    Sulcata won't drink water

    Right on Yvonne! I've looked into the upper part of their nostrils and see it opens into the mouth. Even though I never learned it from anyone or any book, I observed it with my four torts. So, I would tell people they mostly drink from their nostrils.
  4. sibi

    Sulcata won't drink water

    So, I don't know, but it seems that he's also sniffing the water down his mouth. I can't see him lapping the water like dogs do, LOL
  5. sibi

    Sulcata won't drink water

    That's what I do with my torts. Mine too are too heavy for soaks. So, I use the hose and let it trickle a bit. I place it at the creak of his mouth, and even put it in his nose. After observing my animals for a very long time, I discovered that my torts place their face over the bowl of water...
  6. sibi

    Just picked up the pyramiding Sulcata. Advice?

    I tend to agree with you. It may be a female. In one of the photos you have a hand over the plastron and it doesn't appear to be concave. Also, like you said, the anal botch looks like my female's. The gulag could be tricky, though.
  7. sibi

    Adopting 2 year old Sulcata - pyramiding?

    I have no doubt that you'll do your best and that this little guy will get the best possible care. The fact that you care for so many different species of animals tells me that you have a great love for animals. Since you asked for opinions on how to house him, I only gave you my experiences...
  8. sibi

    Adopting 2 year old Sulcata - pyramiding?

    Well, maybe you have a friend that knows how to put in dedicated outlets. It's not just electricity, it's the necessary stuff that will providethe temps your tortoise needs to survive the winters. If he's small enough that a hide box could house him inside your house, then that's what you...
  9. sibi

    Adopting 2 year old Sulcata - pyramiding?

    The only proper diet for torts is to vasely increase the amount of grass in their diets. Hay can be used, but with younger tortoises, hay is a hard sell. During winter months when fresh grass is scarce or not available, I use Timothy grass or orchard grass. With younger torts, I soak it in...
  10. sibi

    Adopting 2 year old Sulcata - pyramiding?

    Sorry it took so long to get back to you. Got busy and distracted. Well, the electrician cost me about $1,000 to run a line 4 feet underground for about 40 feet from the main house. If you have an outside enclosure, build it close to the house. Don't play with outdoor electric extensions. It's...
  11. sibi

    Adopting 2 year old Sulcata - pyramiding?

    I use I use a portable humidifier, like the ones you get for babies. I usually buy the largest one they have. Since I run it all the time during winter months, I go through one every year or two. Some members place buckets or pans of water on shelves and refill them when necessary. I just...
  12. sibi

    Adopting 2 year old Sulcata - pyramiding?

    First of all this salcata is way to dry. He's pyramided and he should be much larger for a two year old. This species need warm, humid temperatures year round. When salcatas are placed in areas where the temps are less than 80 degrees, they may survive, but they may not thrive. Temps less than...
  13. sibi

    Spooked!!!! ????

    Perhaps there was another critter that spooked your tort.. in any case, he's looking for saftey or cover. Putting him back into his inside enclosure may be the best thing for him unless there is complete shelter outside. Keep an eye out in the next day or two. Try to see how he reacts to his...
  14. sibi

    Pretend Chat 2.14

    That's not your car, Jacqui, right? Apparently it is! Are you okay? Sorry to hear about this after being away for so long.
  15. sibi

    Irma's Carnage to Turtle/Tortoise Rescue Habitat

    Thank you. If others want to help Amanda Edenbach rebuild her turtle sanctuary, you can make donations to Turtle Rescue USA. There's a link to PayPal for donations. There's also another sanctuary in East Orlando that's demolished and in desperate need of repairs. It's called Second Chances...
  16. sibi

    to all Florida and Texas friends, members and their animals.

    There are at less two animal sanctuaries that care for turtles /tortoises that are really damaged and in need of funding. One is Turtle Rescue USA, and the other is Second Changes Wildlife Sanctuary, located in East Orlando. The owners, Amanda Ebenhack, and Jim Bronzo are great animal lovers...
  17. sibi

    Irma's Carnage to Turtle/Tortoise Rescue Habitat

    I found she just got electricity back today. Now, the hard work begins. I was hoping more from the forum would help out. Maybe not enough coverage of this post. ☹
  18. sibi

    Irma's Carnage to Turtle/Tortoise Rescue Habitat

    Thanks! Here place is a mess. She cares for an aldabra named Sammy. He weighs 356 lbs, and he's stress out over this hurricane. His shed was almost completely destroyed. Half the roof is gone, and rain was flooding the inside. She isn't doing well either with this whole mess. Thank you for...
  19. sibi

    Irma's Carnage to Turtle/Tortoise Rescue Habitat

    Her website was down, but is up now. Donations can we made through PayPal. Her site is Turtle Rescue USA. Please help her rebuild her rescue habitat.
  20. sibi

    Stay Safe Our Friends In Florida

    This is what it looked like yesterday in central Florida. This is a turtle/tortoise rescue habitat ☹
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