I make my own in bulk. I've been doing this for about the last 10-12 years or so. It is given to the animals that live outdoors three times per week.
I have a formula for D3 and calcium carbonate professionally mixed in bulk, this I put with food grade dicalcium phoshpate, the...
Dean, I estimate mine in the 95 to 135 pound range. Just a thought, I sold well over two hundred fifty adult specimens during the years I was
building the collection. Most of the sold were adults. You very well could have one of those specimens.
Well, perlite is definitely not shiny, at least. I think the notion of using constant high environmental humidity as a means to control water loss in hatchling sulcata is misplaced. The best place for moisture is inside the tortoise, with the tortoise controlling its moisture loss by barrier...
'Squeaking' is not pathognomonic; it can be an indication of stress due to a number of possibilities. For example, too hot at night, (this most often occurs in larger tortoises over three inches that are still on a super warm hatchling regimen), or too cold in the day, bladder stones due to...
Interesting story! That tortoise looks like he has been on his own in the wild for quite some time. Which is fascinating, because Utah's deserts are rather cold in winter.
Regarding injuries that I have seen like that, tortoises tend to grow 'around' those areas. His conformation may never be...
These awesome adults are available in trios of one male and two females together. $1300 bucks per head.
These are the Sudanese tortoises. Serious inquiries only, thanks.
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Don't let my way fool you, the tortoises' burrows descends just as steeply as usual from the point at the face of the trench.
My openings face south
All year around.
No problems. If you study the photos closely, you'll see the upper layer of usual sandy desert soil, then the...
Tiny G. sulcata need these well ventilated temps until they get to 3-3.5 inches, then the night time low needs to start to dropping down a little. More as the tortoise grows. The reason is not that babies are different; the reason is because of heat storage and heat loss issues, due to size.
Gender could still go either way.Try to watch closely when the tortoise pushes out a stool; you may see him evert his penis at that time, which will give a definitive answer to what his gender is. However, a lack of spotting a penis does not mean you have a female with 100 percent certainty at...