Got a baby tortoise real picky eater any ideas its a ba y sulcata

Yvonne G

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Ditch the fruity pebbles (is that what the previous keeper told you to feed?), and chop up some edible weeds and grass.

Figure out a way to cover the enclosure, lights and all. You can either buy one of those little greenhouses (I'm hoping one of our members will give you a link), or build a frame out of PVC pipe and drape sheet plastic over it.

Sulcata eggs hatch in the monsoon season (lots of green, hot and wet!!!) and growing your baby in hot, humid conditions grows him up to have a smooth (as opposed to pyramided) shell.

If the baby won't eat chopped up edible weeds and plants and grass then offer him som dark, leafy greens like turnip greens, endive, escarole, etc.
 

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Ditch the fruity pebbles (is that what the previous keeper told you to feed?), and chop up some edible weeds and grass.

Figure out a way to cover the enclosure, lights and all. You can either buy one of those little greenhouses (I'm hoping one of our members will give you a link), or build a frame out of PVC pipe and drape sheet plastic over it.

Sulcata eggs hatch in the monsoon season (lots of green, hot and wet!!!) and growing your baby in hot, humid conditions grows him up to have a smooth (as opposed to pyramided) shell.

If the baby won't eat chopped up edible weeds and plants and grass then offer him som dark, leafy greens like turnip greens, endive, escarole, etc.
I give him romain mustard and cactus today it's just tortoise feed trying to get him to eat the tortoise grass
 

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He gets all the greens plus it's dusted in calcium and d 3 vitamins and he gets the tortoise pellets with the vitamins
 

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He gets all the greens plus it's dusted in calcium and d 3 vitamins and he gets the tortoise pellets with the vitamins
He's not eating because your were given the wrong advice about how to house, heat and care for him. Also, they only need calcium once or twice a week.

Here is my reply from your other thread:
Hello and welcome.

You've gotten the usual wrong advice and wrong set up. The following is intended to help you take good care of your tortoise. Its not an insult or attack.

The current set up is not going to work because:
1. You can't maintain the correct humidity and temperature in an open topped tub. You need a closed chamber. Monsoon conditions.
2. You've got the wrong type of UV bulb and it can burn your tortoises eyes. Its also not an effective UV source.
3. You've probably got the wrong basking bulb, though I can't see it. "Intense Basking Spot Bulb"? These are no good for tortoises. They cause pyramiding.
4. The ramped water bowl is a tortoise death trap. Remove it ASAP. Great for lizards and snakes, but its a no go for chelonians.
5. The stick-on dial type thermometers and hygrometers are not accurate or reliable. Junk.

I know this is a bummer, but most new torotise buyers go through the same thing that you are going through now. Almost every source for tortoise care info gives the wrong info. Its bad out there. I did it wrong for nearly 20 years starting in 1991. Only since about 2008 have we all been figuring out why that old info is wrong, and what info is right. Here is the correct care info:

The Best Way To Raise A Sulcata, Leopard, Or Star Tortoise

I chose the title of this care sheet very carefully. Are there other ways to raise babies? Yes. Yes there are, but those ways are not as good. What follows is the BEST way, according to 30 years of research and experimentation with hundreds of babies of many species. Babies hatch during the...
tortoiseforum.org
tortoiseforum.org

Questions are welcome.
 
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