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Just an update on Sheldon

Discussion in 'Sulcata tortoises' started by Zantino1, Apr 10, 2018.

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  1. Zantino1

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    Sheldon has been doing great she is almost 5 pounds now haven’t weighed her since yesterday, but it’s been an week and 2 days since I have been watching her closely with the right needs.
    I recently changed to coconut coir and got my humidifier for her too. I feed her on a schedule every 2 days of spring mix and cactus and about everyday, of a bite or two of cuttlebone.
    I have some worries though she passed a lot of urates in today’s bath. I have been soaking her everyday and giving her water but some were smooth while others were gritty, she got scared when I was brushing her shell.
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    Hi @Zantino1, glad to hear Sheldon is doing well. Can you post some pics of your tortoise and enclosure?

    How much do you feed Sheldon at a time? My sulcata is only 3, but we feed him daily.
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    There are healthier foods for him than spring mix. You want to limit the amount of oxalates in his diet.
    Did I understand your post correctly? Are you only feeding every other day? Feeding every day is preferable.
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    Sorry for the late reply was at school but here’s some pictures she was pyramiding when I got her but anyways I thought I saw something saying you should feed them every other day
    If there’s any other greens I should give her better than spring mix please tell me I will happily change it.
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    Your tortoise needs a bigger enclosure and it should be covered to keep the humidity in. The pyramiding will only get worse if you don't provide proper humidity. A humidifier isn't enough. Covering the enclosure is essential.

    Grass and weeds should make up the majority of diet. If you have a yard, you can harvest the grass and weeds if they haven't been sprayed.
    Here is a list of foods: https://tortoiseforum.org/threads/sulcata-diet-sheet.64290/
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    Ok thank you but another question how and what should I cover it with? And how much should I cover?
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    You should cover the entire thing with the lights inside. People have made a stand and used a shower curtain hung over it. You don't want to put anything that would melt or burn in direct contact with the lights.
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    Spray the cage daily as well, completely saturate saturate the substrate.
    I tend to spray my guys cage whenever I think of it. Just to keep it humid in there.
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    I read that wrong, yes as others said, feed evry day. Like the name Sheldon.
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