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    Front of face looks raw?

    I checked the temps with my infrared temp gun and it showed 81*F at the cool end and up to 95*F on the hot end (at the height of the substrate). I have a thermostat to regulate the enclosure temp. I just thought Sulcatas liked to burrow?
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    Front of face looks raw?

    Yes, he has a hide but he likes to burrow down to the bottom of his substrate when he's in his hide. When I look inside his hide I usually just see the top of his shell.
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    Front of face looks raw?

    I'll back off the calcium then. I thought I've read that they instinctually eat more calcium (cuddlebone) when they weren't getting enough so I thought he may have not been getting enough with the couple of pinches of calcium that i give him in his food a week. Here is a close-up of his face...
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    Front of face looks raw?

    I noticed over the past few weeks that my Sulcata seems to be getting raw around his mouth. I have never seen him rubbing up against the side of his enclosure but I do use terra cotta saucers as his food/water bowls and I am thinking that might be what's causing it. I provide him with a saucer...
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    Future baby tortoise home

    If you can find this tote anywhere (it might be hard since it's made for storing artificial Christmas tree trees and that time has passed) I'd recommend that. I got one and it's prefect for a small Sulcata. Here is my setup using that tote:
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    My little Atlas

    Atlas has grown 55g since October 30th! (Picture is blurry because he wouldn't stop zooming around) This past weekend I set up a webcam inside his tote so I can see what he's doing during the day. I also added some small aloe plants to add some variation to his enclosure (they were offshoots...
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    T5 or T8 ReptiSun to mount 11 inches above Sulcata?

    So far I've been putting my Sulcata outside for an hour or two around three times a week so that he would get the UV that he needs but it's getting too cold (and cloudy) to do that. Now I'm looking for a ReptiSun 10.0 UVB bulb to mount in his container to give him the UVB he needs during the...
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    My little Atlas

    Today Atlas is 85g. It seems like he is growing around .8 grams a day so far. I'm keeping track of his growth rate here.
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    My little Atlas

    Do you think something like this would be fine? I saw this at my local hardware store nursery and it has bigger chunks than the cypress mulch but it didn't say orchid bark so I didn't get it.
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    My little Atlas

    Wow, I didn't know sphagnum moss was dangerous to them when ingested. It seemed like a lot of people mixed it with other substrate to keep the humidity up. I do use the type that is almost like dirt (not the long strands) but only a small portion of the cypress/moss mixture is sphagnum moss...
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    What to do when receiving tortoise hatchling by mail?

    I just put his bath container in his enclosure while giving him a bath so the ceramic bulbs (ambient temperature) keep the water warm.
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    My little Atlas

    I use Cypress mulch with sphagnum moss mixed in for moisture retention. I've been trying to find a source for cheap bulk orchid bark but haven't had any luck. I haven't seen it at the local nurseries and the hardware stores just have small expensive bags of orchid bark.
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    My little Atlas

    I'm not sure he'd cooperate lol. He's more of a runner than a hider so whenever I pick him up or put him somewhere he doesn't want to be he's instantly on the move. He's surprisingly strong for his size (trying to push away from my hand when I'm transferring him to his morning bath). The second...
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    My little Atlas

    I've had my hatchling Sulcata for a couple of months now and I've become more attached to him than I thought I would! I didn't weigh him when I first got him but from October 30th to November 5th he gained 15 grams (50g > 65g). I've never measured him but I'd say his shell is between 2.5-3...
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    What to do when receiving tortoise hatchling by mail?

    I'm feeling much less worried this morning about my new sully (which I've named Atlas!). I saw that he moved around a little more last night when the light was off so I'm thinking he was maybe just scared during the day. He woke up right away when the lights turned on and was active during his...
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    What to do when receiving tortoise hatchling by mail?

    I would agree that it sounds like he's not warm enough but I use a temp gun to measure the temp at ground level (to get the 85*F and 95*F temperature readings) and if I put my hand on the substrate below his basking spot I can feel that it's hot. I even have a couple ceramic heating bulbs on...
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    What to do when receiving tortoise hatchling by mail?

    Ok, that makes me feel a little better. This is my first tortoise and only the second animal that I've received by mail so I'm probably more worried than I need to be. I will admit that I gave him a second warm soaking (I just put him in his water dish with warm water) 10 minutes ago and he did...
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    What to do when receiving tortoise hatchling by mail?

    I'm starting to get a little worried about the Sulcata baby that I received today (by mail). It hasn't been walking around much and when it does walk it doesn't move too far. I soaked the baby immediately after unpacking it and it looked around and drank a little. After the 30 minute warm soak I...
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    What to do when receiving tortoise hatchling by mail?

    I received the tortoise about an hour and a half ago. It seemed groggy but today is definitely a little colder than normal and it was probably stressed form the shipping. I soaked it in warm water (88*f) for half an hour (he looked around but didn't walk around much) like you guys recommended...
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    What to do when receiving tortoise hatchling by mail?

    Yep! He was even running a special (free shipping) until yesterday evening and was willing to let me order the tortoise during the special and still hold it until this Wednesday so that I would be on my day off when it arrives. I will say that Lancecham was equally helpful and pleasant to deal...
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