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Spumoni the Sulcata (New Sulcata owner from IL)

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  1. kellyb4be

    kellyb4be New Member

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

    Tom The Dog Trainer 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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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/
  3. wellington

    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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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.
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    kellyb4be New Member

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    Thanks. Here you go-

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    Welcome :)
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Hi Kelly, and welcome to the Forum!
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    Hello and Welcome. Good to have you and Spumoni here. Spu looks good to me.
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    Grandpa Turtle 144 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Hello Kelly welcome to the TFO from AZ .


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    Hi there, welcome to the forum! :)

    Spu is adorable. :<3:
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    Southside :p
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    Welcome to TFO!
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    Oh no, this might get ugly:p GO CUBS:D Just kidding of course:)
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