Just got Baby Sulcata Saturday- please help identify sex and look at belly?

Jeff_the_Sulcata

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Hey all, I just got this Sulcata yesterday from the neighbor kids whose mom said they couldn’t keep it. They painted the nails (I Wouldn’t do that).
I would like help with two things (and I’m open to advice as a novice Sulcata owner):

• What sex is this tortoise? (S)he came pre-named “Jeff”

•Does the underside of “Jeff” look concerning to anyone besides me? There was a little bit of a soft spot that easily came off (pre-picture).(S)he did not have a proper habitat prior to arrival, (s)he had been in a huggies box for several days with some dirt and a desk lamp, eating grass and fruit.

He now has access to Tortoise food, lettuce, calcium powder, and gets to hydrate in chin deep water for 10 minutes/day (confirmation this is the right time would be appreciated). He also has uv/heat lamp combo. Picture of terrarium attached also.

I’m here for pointers and your input, thank you all for your help in advance!

I do know how big (s)he will end up being and took that into account in my decision making process on taking this little cutie in 🙂
 

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Tom

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Hello and welcome. Congrats on the new baby.

No way to know the sex until it gets to around 14-15".

That water bowl is a tortoise death trap and you should remove it immediately.

The moss is an impaction risk and should be removed.

The coco coir isn't dangerous, but it will be very messy. The orchid bark is the best substrate.

Lettuce is not a good tortoise food.

You will need a closed chamber to maintain the correct conditions for this species.

All this and more is explained right here:
 

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Not to be a b*** tortoise used his front legs to get food of their face. At this age (any age actually) nail polish seems like not a reasonable choice. Often when you watch them when something is “stuck “ to their body they do try to take it off.
I know this is to be “cute” but hatchlings are fragile as they are.

The belly looks like the yolk sack is now 100% “closed” yet.
Follow @Tom care sheet to make sure the baby gets all they need.

Welcome and good luck.
 

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Thank you! Yes we didn’t put the nail polish on him. Should we remove?
I do not know. I would say not the best maybe if needs acetone - you don’t want it to get into tortoises eyes. Is it an animal “friendly” nail polish?
Sorry I don’t mean to be a “Karen “ 🤣😂
 

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Your baby is a little cutie. It is hard to overlook that nail polish. It also makes me laugh though. Gives “Jeff” and interesting strangely demonic 🩸 look. 🎃
 

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Hello and welcome. Congrats on the new baby.

No way to know the sex until it gets to around 14-15".

That water bowl is a tortoise death trap and you should remove it immediately.

The moss is an impaction risk and should be removed.

The coco coir isn't dangerous, but it will be very messy. The orchid bark is the best substrate.

Lettuce is not a good tortoise food.

You will need a closed chamber to maintain the correct conditions for this species.

All this and more is explained right here:
Thank you for this!!!!! I read the whole thing, I’ve got some work to do (and the bowl is gone and I ordered the Tericata dishes)
 

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Hey all, I just got this Sulcata yesterday from the neighbor kids whose mom said they couldn’t keep it.
Hi, and welcome to the forum!

Your baby is adorable!

Do you happen to know where the family got the baby? Did they get it from a breeder or a pet store?

If you don't know, would you ask them? The name of the breeder or pet store. Some of us are doing some research on baby sullies, and this would be helpful.

Thanks!

(BTW, I'm not the "Karen" @glitch206 was referring to! :))
 

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Greetings - everything has already been noted, BUT NO FRUIT. Sully’s aren‘t built to digest fruit properly and at this age you might even make it sick. Stick to the food choices noted in the Sully. care guides.

Make sure that you are bathing daily & that you get a fully enclosed high humidity enclosure set up.

Good luck & Happy Torting
 

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Oh eye roll....
My cousin painted her turtle's/ torts toenails , I guess, a long time ago. Or else she just liked to talk about doing that when I was a kid. Must be a common desire among little [email protected]! I saw a turtle that some kid painted the shell at a local exotic pet place once too. Sad because now nobody wants to buy them and give them a nice home!!!!
 
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