Soon To Be 4 Sulcatas in Virginia

Turtulas-Len

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Several years ago someone stopped by here and gave me a young sulcata that they couldn't care for any longer. I gave it to a neighbor for their grandson that they are raising. With the housing market being a sellers market especially down here the owners of the house that they are renting have decided to sell it. They haven't found a place to move to that could house a sulcata. She is coming back here with me. It's not a problem I just need to section off a space for her in the yard. Picture 013 Picture 014 Picture 015 When she got big enough she moved outside full time. I gave them one of my unused heated houses to use and will bring that house back for her. When they first got her they named it Leo and when it was big enough to sex they changed the name to Cleo. Last year I lost a long time older cat named Cleo so I'm going to name this tortoise Galloper.
 

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Several years ago someone stopped by here and gave me a young sulcata that they couldn't care for any longer. I gave it to a neighbor for their grandson that they are raising. With the housing market being a sellers market especially down here the owners of the house that they are renting have decided to sell it. They haven't found a place to move to that could house a sulcata. She is coming back here with me. It's not a problem I just need to section off a space for her in the yard. View attachment 323552 View attachment 323553 View attachment 323554 When she got big enough she moved outside full time. I gave them one of my unused heated houses to use and will bring that house back for her. When they first got her they named it Leo and when it was big enough to sex they changed the name to Cleo. Last year I lost a long time older cat named Cleo so I'm going to name this tortoise Galloper.
Love the last photo. What a smile on that face! Are you naming her after a car or horse's gait or what?
 

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Several years ago someone stopped by here and gave me a young sulcata that they couldn't care for any longer. I gave it to a neighbor for their grandson that they are raising. With the housing market being a sellers market especially down here the owners of the house that they are renting have decided to sell it. They haven't found a place to move to that could house a sulcata. She is coming back here with me. It's not a problem I just need to section off a space for her in the yard. View attachment 323552 View attachment 323553 View attachment 323554 When she got big enough she moved outside full time. I gave them one of my unused heated houses to use and will bring that house back for her. When they first got her they named it Leo and when it was big enough to sex they changed the name to Cleo. Last year I lost a long time older cat named Cleo so I'm going to name this tortoise Galloper.
She is beautiful! Nice job, and what a sweet face
 

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Several years ago someone stopped by here and gave me a young sulcata that they couldn't care for any longer. I gave it to a neighbor for their grandson that they are raising. With the housing market being a sellers market especially down here the owners of the house that they are renting have decided to sell it. They haven't found a place to move to that could house a sulcata. She is coming back here with me. It's not a problem I just need to section off a space for her in the yard. View attachment 323552 View attachment 323553 View attachment 323554 When she got big enough she moved outside full time. I gave them one of my unused heated houses to use and will bring that house back for her. When they first got her they named it Leo and when it was big enough to sex they changed the name to Cleo. Last year I lost a long time older cat named Cleo so I'm going to name this tortoise Galloper.
They did a great job raising that one.
 

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Next.....Canter !

The canter and gallop are variations on the fastest gait that can be performed by a horse or other equine.
I thought "Trotter" would be the next one.
Most people don't know how fast a sulcata can run. This is a pic of a race from several years ago. Racers
 

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Cleo came back today. She is now Galloper. No signs of the move bothering her at all. She has been grazing on grasses and weeds and eating the foods I've offered her. Picture 011 Picture 008 Picture 012 I built this house for Sylvia a adopted Sulcata after his owner passed away. Galloper has used it for several years now. Picture 013 Picture 010 In preparation for her return I removed the hedge on that end of the yard for more and longer daily sun light. Over the past few years I have gotten remarks (complaints) from people saying that they couldn't see Walker from the road anymore. I have already gotten many complements for the removal of the visual barrier. Sometimes it's the little things that matter.
 

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Cleo came back today. She is now Galloper. No signs of the move bothering her at all. She has been grazing on grasses and weeds and eating the foods I've offered her. View attachment 324328 View attachment 324329 View attachment 324332 I built this house for Sylvia a adopted Sulcata after his owner passed away. Galloper has used it for several years now. View attachment 324330 View attachment 324331 In preparation for her return I removed the hedge on that end of the yard for more and longer daily sun light. Over the past few years I have gotten remarks (complaints) from people saying that they couldn't see Walker from the road anymore. I have already gotten many complements for the removal of the visual barrier. Sometimes it's the little things that matter.
She must know she's back home. So cute, she is!! Will she be driving the boys wild??
 

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Here's some pictures taken today, a beautiful spring day. Galloper is big enough to eat dry mazuri so I'm using less water to wet what I offer her. Dry mazuri is easier to feed during the winter months here. I can hear her crunching the dry centers already. Picture 007 Eating a mix of home grown leaves and weeds. She likes to be hand fed so I at least feed her something by hand daily. Picture 008 Donald catching some filtered sun. Picture 002 Walker just relaxing Picture 005 Thomas was pretty active today Picture 009 Picture 011 weighed her Picture 001
 

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Found this pic of Galloper and the little boy that had the responsibility of her care. Actually his grandmother made sure that she had the proper living conditions. As he got older (he's now a teenager) he took on more responsibility. Logan ans Cleo I was involved with her care which was easy because they lived right across the street from me. They did everything I suggested and I think they did a fine job raising a sulcata in a cold climate area.
 

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And this afternoon eating her dinner which consisted of cut with a mower, lawn grasses, weeds and mulberry leaves Picture 004 Picture 008 In a short time she had finished Picture I have been feeding fresh cut mower cut grass and weeds for several years. They would eat at it during the day but not much at one time. A while back I was going to loan the mower to a friend for a few days so I cut enough for several days and stored it in the fridge. When I
 

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