yarok said:When i first got my sulcata i had him on Rabbit pellets. After joining this forum he is now on eco earth, has a large, shallow water bowl, varied diet, humid hide and takes frequent baths. I thank you all for all your advice.
This is the first thing I read and yes, it is very helpful. I have found very few resources that cover the subject like you have,,,,,thanksRE: Beginner Mistakes
I totally agree. This is why I made it number one. Due to the way that some species are typically started, like sulcatas on rabbit pellets with no water bowl for example, I think this one is most critical. If too many of the kidney and liver cells are already dead due to chronic dehydration, there is no way to over come that, even if the new keeper does everything "right".
(Moderator note: I've moved all the commentary off Tom's thread and onto here. To read Tom's thread go here: http://www.tortoiseforum.org/thread-45180.html
Help, I am new to the tortoise world. I recently purchased some moss for him and he just loves it. He pulls it into his enclosure and covers himself...but I think he might be eating some too...is that okay? Also...how big of an enclosure should he have ... he love to get out and move around on our floor with supervision....so I fear he needs more space than his 50 gallon tank....
RE: Beginner Mistakes
Good stuff,Tom! I see #1 causing problems far too often. What is sometimes called "hatchling failure syndrome" is,many times,nothing more than improper care during the first month after hatching. Please,if you are looking to buy a hatchling,do some homework. Ask questions about what kind of care they are recieving,hatch date,temperature and humidity parameters. If the prospective seller can't give satisfactory answers to these basic questions,I personally would consider going somewhere else.