Ollie the sulcata

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kastalarial

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My name is Ezra, for the longest time I collected arachnids and pythons.

Until now. I got Ollie last November 18. He has slightly elevated scutes which to me are cool "macho effect". As of now I am following Tom and Richards guide so the scutes remain as they are.

Here he is.

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Yes, I know. I've researched for about six months before I decided to get one. Tom and Richard's humidity study really makes sense. If this works out I plan to get a hatchling to make it grow really really smooth.
 

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Welcome to the forum!
The color is very nice on his shell.
 

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Yeah, I wanted to name him Sponge Bob cause my wife thinks his shell is like a pineapple.
 

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Your on the right track, following Toms advice is the best I did for my Sully, I got him a month ago, I was expecting a 6-9 month old hatchling but recieved a little baby barely a month old, was terrified to care for such a young one but got on here, got the right advice which the opposite of what I had learned else where, so glad I found this place, my Sully has been happy and thriving since the moment I got him, got him set up just as Tom does it.
 

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First...Welcome!

Second...You're getting great advice following Tom's "How to..." thread.

Third...Thanks for NOT naming him Spongebob! :p

Fourth...Where are you from...because if he can spend significant time outside...there is no artificial means that can match it! Also, his yard looks yummy...encourage him to forage...if he needs any encouragemnet at all;)
 

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Personally I like to retain the slight elevated scutes on him. I've been thinking, if Richard and Tom can eliminate pyramiding for aesthetics, I'm sure someday breeders will learn how to control them, like morphs for example. Tortoises with different scute elevations yet healthy.

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Your on the right track, following Toms advice is the best I did for my Sully, I got him a month ago, I was expecting a 6-9 month old hatchling but recieved a little baby barely a month old, was terrified to care for such a young one but got on here, got the right advice which the opposite of what I had learned else where, so glad I found this place, my Sully has been happy and thriving since the moment I got him, got him set up just as Tom does it.

That is awesome that you got a hatchling. Here in the Philippines, it's hard to get hatchlings as most breeders give them 3-5 months before they sell them which, by that time they already have signs of pyramiding. In my case Ollie has never had the chance to drink water, until now.
 

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It's just not the way they're supposed to be.
 

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One question, I already check black incandescent bulbs but to no avail. All of them are already fluorescent. What would be the best substitute?
 

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kastalarial said:
One question, I already check black incandescent bulbs but to no avail. All of them are already fluorescent. What would be the best substitute?

A Cermic Heat Emitter...there is no substitute! Zoo med does make an infrared incandescent...that would be your next best option. Or the Exo Terra moon simulator...I forget what that's called.
 

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Welcome to the Forum :D Ollie is beautiful :p

You can try to purchase a Ceramic Heat Emitter...it is a heating device that does not produce light but only heat.....
 

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DeanS said:
It's just not the way they're supposed to be.

True, very true. Here in the Philippines, it's still a commonplace to see pyramiding, they actually think it's normal and if your tort is round, it lacks calcium. What asinine thinking.

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Welcome to the Forum :D Ollie is beautiful :p

You can try to purchase a Ceramic Heat Emitter...it is a heating device that does not produce light but only heat.....

How do I go by that? It's like a fan. Do I just point it at my enclosure? By the way he lives in a 23 x 36 sweat box.
 

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kastalarial said:
DeanS said:
It's just not the way they're supposed to be.

True, very true. Here in the Philippines, it's still a commonplace to see pyramiding, they actually think it's normal and if your tort is round, it lacks calcium. What asinine thinking.




Maybe the responsibilty will fall on you to educate the folks over there;)
 

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DeanS said:
kastalarial said:
DeanS said:
It's just not the way they're supposed to be.

True, very true. Here in the Philippines, it's still a commonplace to see pyramiding, they actually think it's normal and if your tort is round, it lacks calcium. What asinine thinking.




Maybe the responsibilty will fall on you to educate the folks over there;)



Could be. But the thing is I am a noob at this even to my fellow countrymen, they don't even believe the Vienna study. For them more shell = more care.
 

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DeanS said:
First...Welcome!

Second...You're getting great advice following Tom's "How to..." thread.

Third...Thanks for NOT naming him Spongebob! :p

Fourth...Where are you from...because if he can spend significant time outside...there is no artificial means that can match it! Also, his yard looks yummy...encourage him to forage...if he needs any encouragemnet at all;)

He seems to be choosing what he wants to eat though they all look the same, he smells them and then moves on. Normal?
 

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The Phillipines should be the perfect climate to grow Bermuda grass...is this possible for you? If not, you can grow it in flats in the house under a MVB...this is the single best food on the planet for sulcatas. If he's hungry enough though...he'll eat what you put in front of him...just don't give him stuff he's not supposed to eat. Again, some sullies take to grass and weeds immediately...and some take awhile!
 

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DeanS said:
The Phillipines should be the perfect climate to grow Bermuda grass...is this possible for you? If not, you can grow it in flats in the house under a MVB...this is the single best food on the planet for sulcatas. If he's hungry enough though...he'll eat what you put in front of him...just don't give him stuff he's not supposed to eat. Again, some sullies take to grass and weeds immediately...and some take awhile!

We have bermuda grass. Those shouldn't be a problem. Some time soon I will create a thread based on the responses of the Philippine forum on my suggestion on humidity.
 
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