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Where in the US???

Discussion in 'Galapagos and Chaco tortoises' started by OzzyGirl1980, Oct 12, 2016.

  1. OzzyGirl1980

    OzzyGirl1980 New Member

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    Do any breeders or rescues exist in this country? We have been searching for years. My husband owned his Chaco that I believe was imported in the 70s but we have been unable to locate any recently. Any leads appreciated!!!
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    Hello!!!!! We are considering adopting a young Sulcata as we've been unable to find any leads on the Chaco. However, I found this forum and thought I'd put out feelers first!!!!! Thank you.
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  5. Chaco's are pretty rare here. I agree about tortadise, but I couldn't talk him out of one, and I had traveled 3000 miles just for that reason. Actually I think another used to be close friend has Chaco's as well. You'll NEVER find one at a rescue.
    I have a year old Sulcata I'd gladly hand over to you, but if I do adopt her out, it would probably be to a better weather state than you and I have for them. That's kinda hypocritical, so I'm getting wishy washy about it. But....
    I believe Sulcata and other arid type tortoises CAN live a decent enough life if set up really well in the North, or PacificNorthWest. It costs a lot to set them up correctly with enough room, it's not easy or cheap. But even at that they are for some months cheated out of walking around and acting like tortoises. Bob was 125 lb Sulcata, and he had a 20'x12' insulated, lighted, heated, humid, etc. house with a doggie door. And if I thought it was too icy/snowy I wouldn't open his doggie door and he would throw a fit! If you have never had a large tortoise you don't know how strong they are. I could hear him ramming the door and his walls, with me in my house; and then he'd somehow sling his fanny over his water dish and leave a large turd in it for me, every time; I have pictures. But if I'd open his door so he could go outside and see for himself how crappy it was, he'd go back in after walking his perimeter, and hang out under his lights all day happily.
    Anyhow, welcome, you should enjoy it here, and ya just might find a Chaco, after somebody's 9 month diapause.....be patient
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    My understanding is that Chaco tortoises do not do well in captivity, which is why they are so scarce in the pet trade. You could try a Redfoot or Yellowfoot tortoise as they are from the same continent, although Chacos are generally more south of South America, but I don't think you will have much luck finding a Chaco...or even a Yellowfoot, actually, at a rescue as Maggie3fan said.
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    I don't think they are so much hard to care for. But more hard to get them to adapt and thrive. Especially since most are coming or came from the wild. I never owned one few members do. Sexing I know can be tough.

    Kyle
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    Not so many years ago Someone got a bunch of farmed Chacos and had them on Kingsnake. I had no money and no place to keep them. These all had very clean and perfect shells so obviously not wild caught.

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