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SpeedyMeister

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We just adopted a baby sulcata - 2 months old. Wondering best care (soaking, food, play time) etc. There is so much out there we are confused as to which way is best! In need of advice. Thank you in advance A4FCE529 AD3F 4B6A A446 0F1CBDDB5D67
 

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We just adopted a baby sulcata - 2 months old. Wondering best care (soaking, food, play time) etc. There is so much out there we are confused as to which way is best! In need of advice. Thank you in advance View attachment 305665

Hello!!!! And welcome!!!!
You baby is gorgeous!!!
You soooooo came to the right place !!!
I know it’s a lot to read but
PPLLLEEEAASSEE read the sulcata sheet posted below.
In there is EVERYTHING RIGHT to do for your baby tort.
You should have no problems if you follow it to the end.
Don’t go by what pet stores or other people say!! This list is what will make you tortoise happy and thrive for years to come.
Enjoy!
and when you are done .... come visit us in
“The Cold Dark Room” - for some fun and craziness!! ??
 

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Hi, and welcome!

You probably shouldn't have grass as the substrate. You need to use something you can keep moist.
 

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Hi, and welcome!

You probably shouldn't have grass as the substrate. You need to use something you can keep moist.
Oh yes- thanks - that picture was just in the box we transported after adopting. We didn’t think we would be coming home with a baby tortoise when we left home that day ?
 

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Question on lighting ? UVA ba UVB- both? How long? Basking bulbs?

Ooooo!!!! I know this one!!!
Ok.... all these things are different prices so shop around online for the best price or a sale?
1)- UVB lighting. “Reptisun Hood” works best. (You pick the size to fit your tank)
2)- UVB bulb.. Retisun T5 (they make in all different sizes. You chose the right one according to your hood size.)
3)- the “basking bulb” you can get a
“Flood light” bulb and a fixture from a hardware store like Home Depot .
Only use it in a fixture that Does NOT clamp . Do not use clamp lamps as they can cause fire or fall on your baby.
4)- at night they need a “heat” source which is a ceramic bulb kind of thing but only puts out heat and No light. Try to get one (from amazon?) that comes WITH a THERMOSTAT. (So it will reach a certain temp. And then turn itself off accordingly)
And lastly for how long...
Think of it this way... you are trying to create a day and night for them inside of your house... so do 8/12 hrs on 8/12 off (but not the night heat bulb..) leave that one on . It’s on a thermostat and controls itself. The others you could put on timers. 64C7A80B 5DEC 4A06 BB31 0443925545CF EB17CE76 3FD4 40AF B337 0D668890E9E1 013E80D1 8DB8 4F55 BFBC 6DF33D084D31
 

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Ooooo!!!! I know this one!!!
Ok.... all these things are different prices so shop around online for the best price or a sale?
1)- UVB lighting. “Reptisun Hood” works best. (You pick the size to fit your tank)
2)- UVB bulb.. Retisun T5 (they make in all different sizes. You chose the right one according to your hood size.)
3)- the “basking bulb” you can get a
“Flood light” bulb and a fixture from a hardware store like Home Depot .
Only use it in a fixture that Does NOT clamp . Do not use clamp lamps as they can cause fire or fall on your baby.
4)- at night they need a “heat” source which is a ceramic bulb kind of thing but only puts out heat and No light. Try to get one (from amazon?) that comes WITH a THERMOSTAT. (So it will reach a certain temp. And then turn itself off accordingly)
And lastly for how long...
Think of it this way... you are trying to create a day and night for them inside of your house... so do 8/12 hrs on 8/12 off (but not the night heat bulb..) leave that one on . It’s on a thermostat and controls itself. The others you could put on timers. View attachment 305780 View attachment 305781 View attachment 305782

Also!!!!! The Reptisun long bulb should be a 10.0 !!!!!! (It’s better UVB)
(the T5.0 is not enoughUVB for good results)
 

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Also!!!!! The Reptisun long bulb should be a 10.0 !!!!!! (It’s better UVB)
(the T5.0 is not enoughUVB for good results)

AMD the flood light bulb should be 65wts.?
Not sure on that one because you have a baby and I don’t want it to burn him... I’ll find out for you....
 
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