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New Sulcata owner in Louisiana

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  1. clevelandj77

    clevelandj77 New Member

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    Hello!! New owner here in Louisiana. We had a red-footed tortoise that escaped a while back. Sadly we never were able to find Fred. But missed having a tortoise in our life. We are now the proud owners of scooter...Sheldon...(we haven’t come up with a proper name yet) a baby Sulcata Tortoise. I have been slightly obsessed with researching how to best care for this “little” guy. I think I understand now why Fred escaped, we were probably doing everything wrong, but he was given to us and we just didn’t know what we were doing, I won’t make that mistake again!! However everyone seems to have different advice on how to care for the Sulcata. My first question is this...how long can this guy happily live in a 4x4 house?? I spent rather a lot of money purchasing a 4x4 greenhouse raised gardening bed that I planned to turn into a terrarium with grasses and plants for him to eat...I expected maybe he could live in this for 1-2 years, and then he could be relocated to an outdoor habitat, but now I am afraid he will outgrow much sooner. Any advice on this or other advice for a new Sulcata owner? I have to admit that I am becoming a bit overwhelmed the more I read, and maybe jumped into this a bit blind, but I am more than ready for the challenge and am welcome to any and all advice from more seasoned Sulcata owners.
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    Welcome and congrats! Read through this thread its great info https://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/how-to-raise-a-healthy-sulcata-or-leopard-version-2-0.79895/
    And a 4x4 enclosure could last you a year depending on how fast he grows. Definitely take a look at that thread and if you have any questions feel free to ask. There are many knowledgeable people here to answer all your questions and concerns.
    Good luck with your new baby!
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