1. Welcome! Are you interested in tortoises? If so, we invite you to join our community! Our community is the #1 place for tortoise keepers to talk online. Once you join you'll be able to post messages, upload pictures of your tortoise and enclosure, and discuss any tortoise topic with other tortoise keepers. Get started today!

Sulcata Accident Breeding

Discussion in 'Tortoise Breeding' started by ktkurtz1232, Nov 12, 2018.

Help Support Tortoise Forums by donating:

  1. ktkurtz1232

    ktkurtz1232 Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2013
    Messages:
    59
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    6
    So we’ve had two sulcatas for a few years now. One is 7 and the other is 5. Well we thought they were both males. Until the dogs brought us a little friend. It’s been unseasonably hot in Texas until this past week and now it’s unseasonably cold.

    Both larger tortoise have tunnels, one under the garden beds and one under the greenhouse. If I had to guess I’d say the older one is the female.

    Not sure how to go about finding the rest of the babies, if there is any. Wasn’t something I thought to worry about. Any advice????


    IMG_1542042284.879092.jpg IMG_1542042295.488139.jpg IMG_1542042305.492624.jpg
  2. Tom

    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2010
    Messages:
    45,011
    Likes Received:
    24,607
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Southern California
    (These ads do not appear for registered members.)
    What is most worrisome is that your tortoises are still using burrows this late in the year. They need to be above ground in a heated area or night box, and they need to be separated. They should never be kept as a pair.

    If there is one baby, there is likely more. Hands and knees down at tortoise level is how I search. Look under every bush and clump of grass. They tend to avoid holes in the ground or any kind of cave, so it will be unlikely to find one there.
    TechnoCheese likes this.
  3. Yvonne G

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

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2008
    Messages:
    80,409
    Likes Received:
    51,604
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Clovis, CA
    Aw, what a cute little baby. And he has aberrant scutes - my favorite kind!! Can you ask the dog to find another? My dog will find eggs for me when I give her a shell and tell her to find another.

    A lot of times females will dig nests close to the mouth of their cave. Look for a clean-looking hole in the ground, a hole with no dirt piled up around the outside. You may need to get down on your hands and knees to give it a thorough look.
  4. ktkurtz1232

    ktkurtz1232 Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2013
    Messages:
    59
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    6
    We found him a few weeks ago. I didn’t think to post on here. The big ones are in the garage right now when it’s wet and windy. We’ve been looking but haven’t seen another
  5. Markw84

    Markw84 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2012
    Messages:
    3,240
    Likes Received:
    4,890
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Sacramento, CA (Central Valley)
    Those two sulcatas look too small to me to be sexually mature. They look about 13" and 11"??? How big are they? A female will normally not start laying until at least 15".

    Can we see a picture of their plastrons and tails?
  6. ktkurtz1232

    ktkurtz1232 Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2013
    Messages:
    59
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    6
    The larger one with the split scute is at least two feet. The other is only slightly smaller. The larger one has a smaller more narrow plastron so I’m assuming that’s the egg layer. I can’t get pictures, not home.
Similar Threads: Sulcata Accident
Forum Title Date
Tortoise Breeding Second clutch eggs this year sulcata May 31, 2019
Tortoise Breeding Cracked sulcata egg Feb 4, 2019
Tortoise Breeding Sulcata Mating Dec 25, 2018
Tortoise Breeding Do Sulcatas only lay on full moons? Nov 14, 2018
Tortoise Breeding Baby Sulcatas hatching Jul 18, 2018

Share This Page