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My little Atlas

Discussion in 'Sulcata tortoises' started by Nimus, Dec 4, 2019 at 10:51 AM.

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  1. Nimus

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    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 inches now.

    October 17th right after I unboxed him:
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    November 25th:
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    Use a pencil and paper- trace his outline, add weight and date. BOOM instant growth charts to compare! Looking forward to more photos
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    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 picture was taken right after I put him down and he was on the move a second later.
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    The new growth looks great.

    Time to switch from coco coir to orchid bark.

    Does he shrug? HA! Couldn't resist... :D
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    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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    A friend of mine just showed me some of his young tortoises that were on sphagnum moss. The type that is like dirt in consistency. Their plastrons were being eaten away by the acidity of the substrate. Well, we assume it was the acidity. He's never had that happen with any other species on any other substrate.

    Just a warning for you. I wouldn't use that stuff. And I wouldn't use the long fiber type either, as that type can cause impaction and they always eat it.

    Where in CA are you? I have no problem finding it here in Santa Clarita. Maybe I can help you find some?
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    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.

    I'm in Bakersfield. Unfortunately the nurseries that I visit here like to mark their products up a lot.
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    I come up to Bakersfield from time to time. Keep reminding me and I'll bring some up for you if you can't find it there. Or swing by my place if you come through Santa Clarita. I pay about $12 plus tax for 2.0 cu. ft. bags of it.

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    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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    It says its ponderosa pine and fir. Fir bark is what you want. I don't know about the pine. I wouldn't use that.
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