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Coldliz

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First question: Are torts suppose to poop everday? I have not seen mine go in a few days.

Next: I bought some dried Orchard grass for my girl. I know she needs the fiber. I chopped it in the blender for her, but she has no interest in it. She has become addicted to cactus!!! I give her a variety of greens, but she looks for the cactus. I usually have to put a few small chucks of the cactus on her greens to get her to eat them. I am concerned about her fiber though. I know she should mostly eat weeds and grasses but I can't get her to eat it! My question is, is ok to give her the cactus regularly?

Also, does anyone know where I can get organic flowers for her?

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No tortoises don't poop everyday :D
If your sulcata is young, fresh grass will be better to start out with to get him/her to eat grass. Tortoises would much rather eat vegetation that isn't dry.
Not sure about the organic flowers.

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Thanks Danny

I have grown fresh grass for her and I'm growing more now. She didn't want it either. I'm going to keep trying though.
Any thoughts on the cactus? Is it ok for her to have it regularly?
 

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The cactus is fine once or twice a week, but if she's being picky you can feed it in small amounts everyday. :D

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Rather than starting a new thread with more questions I decided just to add my new questions to this thread.

I know that hatchlings sleep a lot, but does anyone know what is normal for a hatchling? How active should she be (she's approx 5 months old now) I guess it's just me worrying if I'm doing things right. (can you say paranoid..lol) She is active in the mornings, but honestly I'm not sure how much. She sleeps quite a bit. I check on her all the time because I'm home all day. I usually don't see her moving around much but I have noticed she changes position. She mostly stays on the warmer end of the enclosure.

Another question... I've read that Sulcata's can eat rose petals. I was wondering if buying a single rose from my local grocery store would be safe to feed her. I'm trying to give her as much variety as I can.
 

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My sulcatas eat alot of rose petals when we have them in the garden. Watch the store bought ones for anything they sprayed on the flower to keep it fresh. I have alot of rose bushes, and my neighbors give me some of their petals. They are aware not to spray or treat their flowers. Mine also love Hibiscus. They each eat a few flowers each day. They also love the leafs from the hibiscus.
 

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Coldliz said:
Also, does anyone know where I can get organic flowers for her?

Thanks

Here are a few places where you can get either dried flowers or powdered flowers:

carolinapetsupply.com
turtlestuff.com
turtlecafe.com

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Thanks, I saw those. I was looking for fresh buds or whole plants.
 

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Coldliz said:
Thanks Danny

I have grown fresh grass for her and I'm growing more now. She didn't want it either. I'm going to keep trying though.
Any thoughts on the cactus? Is it ok for her to have it regularly?

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Dip your cactus pads in water and then in your finely chopped hay. If she wants her cactus she'll have to eat the hay with it. Works with any other veggies you may give as treats too.

Misty
 

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can you get some mini roses from you nursery or like Home Depot or Lowe’s It will take a couple of month of you just watering them to leach out any fertilizer etc that is in them then you should be fine to feed him the flowers and the rose leaves after that. You can also get small hibiscus and keep these in pots. Most all my tort food is in pots and they do great. Either keep them inside or they can go outside in the right weather-temp, Keeping them in pots gives you the luxury of having them out in spring and in during the cold winter months also. Some grocery stores sell flowers in the produce section but they are e x p e n s i v e. Also you might want to try pansies.
I just planted some in vermiculite. When they sprout I will move some of them and let the others continue to grow and flower. Squirt Loves her hibiscus. I planted 2 plants in pots last spring one is doing great the other is hanging on-I hope it will do better as the weather warms a little.
 

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Thanks for the info. about the mini roses. I was wondering about those. My grocery store had them on sale and I was going to get one but wasn't sure about the fertilizer. I've seen edible flowers in the produce section but it doesn't say what type of flowers are in the mix. Since they are edible for people do you think it would be safe for her? I'm going to try to find a Hibicus plant. Also, I know dandelion greens are good for them, can they have the liitle yellow flowers too? The kind that grow in my yard.
 

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Coldliz said:
Thanks for the info. about the mini roses. I was wondering about those. My grocery store had them on sale and I was going to get one but wasn't sure about the fertilizer. I've seen edible flowers in the produce section but it doesn't say what type of flowers are in the mix. Since they are edible for people do you think it would be safe for her? I'm going to try to find a Hibicus plant. Also, I know dandelion greens are good for them, can they have the liitle yellow flowers too? The kind that grow in my yard.
Melissa, Squirt love those little yellow flowers. The flowers in the stores are usually really packed with pansies and a few others and my torts have eaten them as well as I have. I have also found dried hibiscus flowers and just soaked them a little to moisen them. Remember it take about 3 months to get all the chemicals out of a growing plants once you buy them (roses hibiscus etc) You can find hibiscus plants online. You can also try searching for Organic plants online.
There are many plant lists online.
Just type on Sulcata Diet and you will get tons like this one
http://www.thetortoisehouse.com/
 

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Whole foods or a similar type of store will have organic flowers - also at trader joe's they aren't certified organic, but they don't use pesticides... so that would be alright too.
 

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My sulcata is only six months old and he is very active, if it is warm. I live in Florida so most days are great, but if and when we have a cold snap Tonka is going to go into hiding, even if the temp in his enclosure stays the same. One thing my baby loves to do is climb on a pile of towels fresh from the dryer. He burrows and climbs and gets very active. I think he likes the warmth and the adventure of the pile. I hide us inthe pile and he gets even more excited - for a tortoise. Maybe you need to make a play place for yours - something different from just her norm. :)
 

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My three love Hibiscus and Roses. we have 6 Hibiscus trees in the backyard. I can cut a whole branch off in the morning and leave it on the ground, and when I get home, I throw the remaining stick in the trash. They eat each and every flower and leaf that is on that branch.
 

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Those are hibiscus Flowers that they are eating in the picture I attached.
 

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Morty thanks, I forgot all about Trader Joes. I love there micro Greens (for Me).
Shannon It sounds like you and Tonka have tons of fun. Torts are so adventuresome. I love to watch them explore.

Just a NOTE of CAUTION. Please be aware most foods you buy in grocery stores (unless labled organic) are grown with chemicals and/or sprayed for human consumption, even the flowers. If you buy potted plants be it roses, hibiscus, grape (bare root) or succulents, from local stores like Walmart, Home Depot or Lowes they also contain chemicals and fertilizers and are often sprayed. Repot your plants in organic soil. Most store bought plants are in a medium that will feed your plant for months. After repotting, give your plants a quarantine time just as you would your torts to make sure they are safe for them to eat. Just my two cents worth.
 
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