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Help identifying tortoise species and gender!!

Discussion in 'Galapagos and Chaco tortoises' started by Juliaboris, Dec 27, 2016.

  1. Baoh

    Baoh Well-Known Member 10 Year Member!

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    You are correct.
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    TheSulcata Active Member

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    It kind of looks like minor pyramiding is going on. What do you guys think?
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    tortadise Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Sulcata. Chacos at that size will still have the areole spots. Would be awesome if it were a Chaco. They are some cool tortoises.
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    I agree with Fredkas, this is some kind of mix. It doesn't look like a full Sulcata to me.
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    Thats a sulcata, I still remember when he was that small. (Its been 3 years now and ziggy has grown alot. But still much growth needed) When ziggy was small, His leg spurs seemed nothing like a sulcata. I literally thought he was a hybrid. but once ziggy had started getting bigger, his leg spurs developed. I gurantee you its sulcata.
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    I still don't think it's a sulcata.
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    I'm with you on this one. Several differences
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    I would agree with Baoh's assessment. He doesn't post much, but his head contains much, much tortoise knowledge. And since I'm a moderator and am privy to where the OP is, I agree it's a Chaco tortoise.
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    Wow, I hope the OP comes back. Being given a Chaco and not knowing what it is is certainly an unusual occurrence.
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    I've never raised a chaco, so I really can't say for sure that is what we have here, but that would be my guess. And since Yvonne knows where the OP is and she says chaco, well, that cements my guess. All the pics of small chaos that I've ever seen look very similar to young sulcatas, but the leg scales give it away.

    I've raised lots of sulcatas and I have never seen one with plastron color like that, and those leg scales are not sulcata. I'd love to see a pic of the back of this tortoises thigh.
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    Hi everyone,
    Thank you all so much for your help. I agree that it was pretty irresponsible to receive a tortoise as a gift given the size he/she can grow. The good thing is that we live out in the country side in Montevideo, Uruguay and have lots of acres of land on our property so I'm pretty certain we won't have an issue with space. I'm eager to learn all I can to raise our tortoise in the correct and healthy environment. All of your advice has been super helpful in our research for proper care.

    Do any of you know what the restrictions are on bringing a tortoise of this size back into the U.S. ?
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    I'm sure it's a sulcata like Kelly said...
    I had C. chilensis and this animal don't look like this species.
    And i don't think too that it is a mix... because which species should be mixed? Maybe with paradalis but I saw hybrids of them and they look different.
    Maybe it could be a different local form of sulcata. A friend of mine has some sulcatas which are smaller than others...
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    The owner of the tortoise lives where Chaco tortoises are present. I still don't think it's a sulcata.
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    This was my thought as well. However as I remember the ones I had had many very large prominent scales covering the fore arms and this little one is not that way. Do Sulcatas have a nuchal or not? None of the SA tortoise group have one.
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    Sulcatas don't have nuchal scute. Gophers tortoise have it. That is how i usually know which one is which one between sulcatas and gophers.
    This one.. very much a chaco.
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    He's ADORABLE whatever he is! :)
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