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Best City/Climate to raise a Sulcata

Discussion in 'Sulcata tortoises' started by clarardavis, Nov 29, 2016.

  1. clarardavis

    clarardavis New Member

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    Hi you guys! So this is my first post on this site, after stalking it for years (; I have a 3 year old Sulcata named Raspberry (nickname is Razie) and I love her to the moon and back. I am thinking about moving because the climate where we live now is not at all the best for a Sulcata.

    So I was wondering what kind of outdoor conditions would be the absolute most favorable for a Sulcata? Are there certain cities where you guys seem to congregate? I am thinking about a town with a guaranteed 300 days of sunshine, the majority of the year being in the mid/upper 70's-80's with it getting well over 100 a couple weeks in the summer. It gets around 7 inches of rainfall a year and 1 inch of snow(maybe). Do you think these are appropriate outdoor conditions or should I pick another place?

    Thanks for all your help!
    Clara
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    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member TFO Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Miami?
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    South Florida, New Orleans and South East Texas area are all very good.

    The Phoenix area also seems to suit them very well, but they must be able to burrow in summer.

    So Cal would be a distant third.

    Any area you move to will have good and bad points, and require you to make adjustments to the heating and housing throughout the year.
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 5 Year Member Platinum Supporter

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    Hi Clara, and welcome to the Forum!

    My 110lb sulcata, Dudley, lives outside 24/7/365, however, he has an insulated, heated shed to retreat to on cold days. It's not unusual to see tortoise tracks in the frost on the grass in early mornings. He comes out and grazes, then when he gets cold, he goes back inside his shed.
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    DeanS SULCATA OASIS 5 Year Member

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    Southern California wouldn't be so distant if you were talking Pomona, San Fernando or San Gabriel Valleys. Riverside, Corona and most of the Inland Empire have distinct advantages over the rest of the state! Some of the eastern most regions of Orange County aren't bad, either.
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    DeanS SULCATA OASIS 5 Year Member

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    But hardly ideal.
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    Markw84 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I'm with Tom on his first choices. The big frustration for me is growing many of the more tropical plants to provide great food year-round, and having the one's I can grow go dormant, or needing protection 4- 5 months out of the year. With large sulcatas, food source becomes a major part of a good plan.
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    South Carolina. Are winters are very mild and are summers are hot and humid. Also cheap to live here compared to other parts of the country.
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    But Az is tortoise Heaven! And Phx is the heart land for torts ! If you don't believe me ask the tort !
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    Arizona must be pretty close . there sure are a lot of Sully's here !
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    Thanks so much for all your wonderful replies everyone!! I didn't expect to get so many responses and I'm so grateful for that (-: I expected it to be one of the more southern states!
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    AZ is a southern state ! :)
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    How do you plan out how many plants you should need for your tortoises? Is there a number that could be deemed as too little or maybe overkill?
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    I'm in central California, probably in a little warmer area than Markw84. As long as we have water, most things grow year round. I don't think there is such a thing as overkill. If you only have the one sulcata, it is fairly easy to grow enough to feed them in a typical sized yard. I think the people who run out of food are those that have several torts and/or don't have live plants growing all year. The main food is grass and weeds. I haven't planted anything special for Charlie up to now. Our yard already had hibiscus and roses, and plenty of grasses. He has lived on it fine for the last 13 years or so. We still have to mow the lawn.
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