Spumoni the Sulcata (New Sulcata owner from IL)

kellyb4be

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Hi everyone-
I'm in Illinois & I got Spumoni around mid April of this year-

How's Spu looking so far?
I have received a lot of tips for feeding and housing from the Sulcata section and really appreciate that. Unfortunately, I don't have too much information on age (bought from a Reptile store..)- the estimate was about a year so if anyone has some insight as to whether/not age is accurate, that would be great help as well.
Otherwise, Spu is pretty active and would eats like a pig (Bok Choy and Turnip Greens have become a favorite). I've been using cuttlebone and Spu has no problem munching relatively often. Currently Spu is indoors (20 gallon tank w/ UV & basking lamp as well as a hide spot), but since weather is around 75 or higher here in Chicago right now, we've been going outside a lot more often (watching very carefully and making sure we don't encounter any areas that may be fertilized/otherwise dangerous...in the process of building him a little outdoor area and planting some more sulcata friendly grass there). I soak Spu about 2 or 3 times a week for 10-20 mins. Thanks for all the information you all share & any advice you may have!
 

Tom

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Your pic didn't come through. Try again maybe? There is no way for us to know the age. Their growth rates can vary tremendously based on a variety of factors.

You diet needs much improvement. Try this link:
http://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/for-those-who-have-a-young-sulcata.76744/

20 gallons is too small even for a hatchling. You tortoise needs room to move. You need something MUCH larger ASAP. And you don't need a little outdoor area, you need a very large outdoor area. You have the third largest tortoise species in the world. It is always going to need a lot of space.

What are you using for UV inside? The coil types can damage their eyes.


Here is another thread that might help you:
http://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/beginner-mistakes.45180/
 

wellington

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Hello and Welcome:) Tom covered it. Some of his threads are also post in my signature. North or South side, I'm a North sider.
 

bouaboua

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Hello and Welcome. Good to have you and Spumoni here. Spu looks good to me.
 
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