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Babies from Heaven?

Discussion in 'Sulcata tortoises' started by Dianne iin South Florida, Jun 1, 2018.

  1. Arizona Sulcata

    Arizona Sulcata Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Hey Tom, long time no talk!!!

    Dianne purchased her hatchling from me and has been given the correct info and a baby that has been soaked daily since it popped out of the shell. :)
  2. Tom

    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    Well in that case, she is golden and won't have any problems! Could have saved me a whole lot of typing if I'd known she bought from you. :D
  3. Dianne iin South Florida

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    I'm reading and learning and "new Shelby," is very cooperative she understands the giant crane comes in and brings goodness nothing scary (that's my hand) With information I got to try to get her used to eating hay ( orchard grass/alfalfa crumbs) and the natural diet fewer fruits and veggies it will be easier to feed her in a few years when she is tremendous. I soaked her earlier and she was adorable at first holding her breath then she just let all her thoughts go and just floated in the warm water enjoying it, head up of course, I think I saw that. Can you all read your Tortoises like we do dogs and other pets? Then she navigated to the other end of her habitat around all the obstacles and went exactly where she wanted to go, back into her warm cave for her nap.

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  4. Dianne iin South Florida

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    to answer you Tom this is what I have been doing and learning
    • Where I have the habitat on my patio it is never drying out, the humid weather of South FL keeps it moist at all times if to dry I add larger amounts of water, so far after the original soaking, it stayed pretty wet. I only had to add quantities of water once so far. its wet down about an inch or more, then it's moist. Is that not enough? I am a gardener so this medium is just like Peat Moss and I am familiar in keeping it moist.
    • It is messy I can put the bark on top of it and having that below will help keep it wet too. I spray the tortoise off to get the coco off of its eyes. rchid bark will be on my shopping list.
      • I’m sure its fine. I trust the breeder and he gives a one year warranty. When I soaked her this morning I could tell this was far from her first soak, she just relaxed in less than a minute, legs straight out floating in the water and if I could see the relaxation in her face she just loved the water. Walked all over the habitat, ate little alfalfa crumbs and back into the cave for more napping. The heat lamp is on I am trying to keep her at about 100 degrees no hotter I don’t want to cook her so my thermometer is watched frequently. I have asked for its hatching date but with so many, I’m not sure that will be available. What should the temp be just at the opening of the cave and inside the cave I keep the thermometer low next to the opening.
        • I gave her moist hay crumbs, also romaine and celery leaves. It’s only been one full day. I just bought literally a ton of fresh orchard grass/ alfalfa hay first cut of the season and its soft. I gave about a tablespoon full in two places and Shelby nibbled it along with the lettuce. I would not give this baby sticks to eat.
        • Yes, thank you. I read that about spinach and its rich in many oxidants and vitamins so I fed once a week a couple of small baby leaves as a treat not really a meal the gophers liked it. I read that too much is not good so I have been feeding the gophers like that, in a month I think they got Spinach maybe a few days along with romaine. Do they make a turtle food that is better for babies? I have not actually seen her mow down just nibbles, but it's a new environment. My friend who has a 2 yr old told me all she fed for the first 18 months was romaine but that is just basically water no nutrition. I was advised to keep the food wet so that I am sure it gets moisture to eat if it does note the drink from the 2 water bowls buried in the medium. Also, I have the calcium powder and I was using it twice a week on the lettuce and the gophers ate it no problem. I have a block the other old Tortoise had he never liked it much I used the calcium powder. Is there an amount of that I should give or should I not use at all? I think its necessary.
        • Hibiscus: I will read the site you included when I am done with this response I am sure I will learn a lot every day! And thanks for sending it to me. I have so much growing outside year round that I am it's it's like a buffet outside my house. Hibiscus flowers year round. I do have to be sure that nothing I feed has been sprayed with any type of insecticide ( I usually use soap and water)

        • Sir, I appreciate everything and anything you or the others here can teach me. I’m sure as I am proficient in taking care of the animals I have had for years but this is new for me and information is important so I don’t think you can give me too much of that.

          I bought this baby from Arizona Sulcatas, who I believe is a member here and you know. He seems to be a very nice guy and seems passionate about raising his
          torts. He gave me a feeling of getting a perfectly taken care of and healthy baby and with a warranty, I am sure it will survive. I just want to bring it up the way he would have wanted all his babies to end up healthy and happy.
        • Please keep telling me lots of information you think I should know, also I would like to get to know the people who love these strange prehistoric creatures.
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