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Dark spots on our sulcata

Tacomytort

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Hello!
So we rescued our sulcata, Taco, about 3 months ago from our local animal shelter. He has adjusted quite well and we are thoroughly enjoying the experience of keeping a pet tortoise. When we rescued him the animal shelter did not know his age or much about him at all except where he was found. They didn’t even know he was male- I figured that one out on my own. I am wondering if anybody could possibly ballpark an age for me and maybe let me know what these dark spots are at the top of his shell? He did have an appointment with a vet set up by the shelter but I don’t think the vet had too much experience with reptiles. It was just a general “is it healthy” type appt.
thank you in advance for any insight.
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SweetGreekTorts

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That actually looks like a hybrid, a crossbreed of a Sulcata and a Desert Tortoise.

It has the shell shape and color of a Sulcata, plus no nuchal scute, which the Sulcata doesn't have.

The darker coloring of the head and legs resemble a Desert Tortoise. The scales on the legs are also smaller and smoother, which Desert Tortoises have.

I've attached a pic of my Desert Tortoise and one of my Sulcata Tortoises, so you can see the comparisons that I mentioned.IMG_20190819_202732.jpeg20190910_161303.jpeg
 

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That actually looks like a hybrid, a crossbreed of a Sulcata and a Desert Tortoise.

It has the shell shape and color of a Sulcata, plus no nuchal scute, which the Sulcata doesn't have.

The darker coloring of the head and legs resemble a Desert Tortoise. The scales on the legs are also smaller and smoother, which Desert Tortoises have.

I've attached a pic of my Desert Tortoise and one of my Sulcata Tortoises, so you can see the comparisons that I mentioned.View attachment 280545View attachment 280546
Good call
 

Tacomytort

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That’s interesting. The animal shelter admitted they weren’t 100% certain of what kind of tortoise he was so you could very well be correct.
 

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I'm afraid your 'sulcata' isn't a sulcata, but a - I'm hesitant to say it because they're rare in the pet trade - but do a Google search for "chaco" tortoise and see if that doesn't better fit what you have. However, your tortoise looks to have a nuchal scute and chacos do not. @Markw84 ??

The dark spots were caused by the tortoise rubbing his shell on something as he continually went under it. Nothing to worry about.
 

Tacomytort

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Whatever kind he is we adopted him solely to be part of our family and nothing else. No breeding or anything like that. Taco the Chaco has a nice ring to it though [emoji5]
 

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Whatever kind he is we adopted him solely to be part of our family and nothing else. No breeding or anything like that. Taco the Chaco has a nice ring to it though [emoji5]
Yes it certainly has a nice ring. He is beautiful so glad you guys got a new family member [emoji4] my turtles aren't pets. They're family.
 

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The Chaco Tortoise is quite rare and there are a bunch of breeders I know who are trying to obtain them. I've seen them sell for $1,000 on the rare occasions that they are available.

I'm not fully convinced this tortoise is a Chaco, but if it is, then you've got a very unique find!
 

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