Box Turtle and Tortoise Discussion :: Sulcata Tortoises

A general forum for those with an interest in land-based turtles.

Post Posted: Sat Nov 05, 2005 5:41 pm   Sulcata Tortoises

Sulcata Tortoises

African Spurred Tortoises (Geochelone sulcata) are among the most popular tortoise kept as pets. However, they are also the third largest tortoise in the world, troubling sulcata owners as their sulcata gets bigger and bigger. Be prepared for this tiny baby tortoise (gigantic soon enough) when you bring him home.

Here is a great website all about the sulcata tortoises. Sulcata Station
Be sure to read carefully and extend your research in books, other websites, and forums that will help you advance your knowledge about these beautiful tortoises.

Some other Sulcata Caresheets

27 Turtles. 6 Tortoises.
User avatar
Posts: 773
Joined: Apr 13, 2005
Location: Long Island, NY

Post Posted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 3:07 pm   Re: Sulcata Tortoises

I hope you don't mind me posting, but I wanted to point out that there's been many, many advances in Sulcata care since this thread was originally posted. One of these advances is discovering that hatchlings are best kept in hot and VERY humid conditions, a major contrast to the dry, "desert" conditions most care sheets still recommend (which is why you still hear about most sulcata hatchlings dying, most often of kidney/renal failure caused by chronic dehydration).

The best resource I know of for Sulcata hatchling care is actually a thread over at Tortoise Forum. See here:

Sulcatas are a huge commitment, and deserve the best care you can give them from the start. I hope prospective and current Sullie keepers go to the trouble of researching and utilizing this new information, to better care for their torts!
No turtles yet!! 0.1 Corn snake, 1.0 San Diego Gopher Snake, 1.2 Bearded Dragons, 2 dogs, and a "mystery" (soon to be turtle) pond in the back yard!
Posts: 7
Joined: Feb 7, 2011
Location: Tooele, Utah

Post Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 5:14 am   Re: Sulcata Tortoises

Hi. I have a baby Sulcata and the guy I got it from recommended that I leave an infrared heat lamp on all night. Is this really necessary?
Posts: 4
Joined: Apr 15, 2011
Gender: Male

Post Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 3:27 pm   Re: Sulcata Tortoises

It would be best to ask this type of question to a forum or e-mail list dedicated to Sulcatas.
User avatar
Site Admin
Posts: 31293
Joined: Apr 11, 2005
Location: New York, NY
Gender: Male

Return to Box Turtle and Tortoise Discussion

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests