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Looking for Mature Sulcata Female California

Discussion in 'Adoptions' started by Acacia1917, Oct 29, 2018.

  1. Acacia1917

    Acacia1917 New Member

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    Hi All,

    We are looking for a female, over 20 yo and at least 70 pounds for our male. We are located in Ojai California, its perfect for them. We have a big backyard and our current guy "Tiger" is a very happy but very "randy" guy....he could use a little companionship.

    Thanks

    Melanie
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    I have one and I need to find a home for her. Her name is Sunflower. She's huge. My yard is too small.
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    Oh that's exciting, where are you located?
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    I am in Fullerton.
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    Oh that's amazing, my boyfriend lives in Huntington Beach! My boyfriend (Mike) would love to come meet Sunflower (I love her name) and maybe take her to do an introduction to Tiger. You are always welcome to bring her up and see where she will be living too. Mikes number is 714-421-3334. Please call him and make arrangements, we are really excited.
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    Hi, my boyfriend is heading north tomorrow if you are still interested in us taking your Sunflower. Look forward to hearing from you.
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    DeanS SULCATA OASIS 5 Year Member

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    Keeping pairs is not a good thing...especially when it comes to adult sulcata! The male will literally breed her to death...she will not have a tranquil life. Please reconsider...or bring in (at least) two females...since you have the room! For the record...he is not lonely being by himself!
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    Hello Melanie. Welcome to the forum. :)

    I agree with Dean. I've kept a lot of sulcatas in a lots of ways over the last three decades. Pairs do not work. Your randy male will literally harass the female to death. She'll suffer for a long time before dying.

    Your male is happiest all alone as the sole king of his castle. They do not want or need companionship. The male will not see her as his companion or girl friend, he'll see her as something to bully and rape. Sounds harsh, but this is the reality of the reptile world. In the wild, she'd be subjected to this treatment once and then promptly escape to a safer area. In our enclosures, there is no escape, and this will become her living hell every single day. If you really want a second tortoise, it would be best to house them completely separately and with a big separation between their enclosures. Once your awesome male realizes there is a female in the area, he will likely become a crazed maniac and hurt himself or destroy his pen trying to get to her. I've seen this many times and without exception, the people always regret it.

    If breeding sulcatas and having a new full time job of raising 100's of babies all year long and then having the challenge of selling all those babies to good homes is appealing to you, then I recommend at least 2, but better to have 3 or 4 females for each male in a huge enclosure with lots of sight barriers and areas for the females to get away from the male. You will spend hours a day, every single day, seven days a week digging up nests, incubating eggs, hatching babies, and then comes the daily soaks and buckets of food to feed the growing horde every single day. The expense of buying incubators and all the equipment that goes with them, dozens of tubs for soaking and brooding hatchlings, bags of vermiculite, and all the needed equipment, housing all the babies, heating and feeding all the babies is daunting. Then you'll have to get your hustle on and become a saleswoman extraordinaire to move all those babies. Each female lays 25-30 eggs, typically 3-4 times a year. With good hatch rates, 100 babies per female is possible. They typically lay from December to May. They hatch in about 90 days. The ones that hatch in August will need at least a month or two of you head starting them, and you'll be lucky to have them sold in the fall before the whole thing starts again in winter. There is no break. Its literally a full time job.

    I just want you to be forewarned about what you can expect if you decide to proceed with this. Questions are welcome. :)
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    Aren't you like 35 years old? :D
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    Man, I felt a hell of a lot better back when I was 35. The good old days...
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    Hey, Tom. Isn't it important that I want a herd of Sulcatas? Certainly, if I get a female thats much larger than my male, he won't be able to bully her. Our backyard is large enough for each of them to have some private space. We have a beautiful backyard with lots of grass, trees and flowers for them. I'm sure they'll be quite happy. As for babies . . . I just love them. They're soooo adorable! I can hardly wait. I'm just sure that we can find good homes for them . . . we'll make some much needed extra income as well. If there should ever be any extra babies, we can just let them go in the wild. They could establish a population out there and then we'd have a real native population of Sulcatas . . . It worked with iguanas down in Florida, didn't it? I just know this'll work. I'm so excited!
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    Orv, I love you man, but I'm not sure sarcasm is your calling in life. :p
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    Lol, totally
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    Did sunflower find her forever home?
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