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New Sulcata Mom

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  1. TeslasMom

    TeslasMom New Member

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    Hello!
    I recently rescued a young sulcata from my neighbors. They had it kept in a 10 gallon aquarium, with no lighting. From my research, I've learned that improper care can stunt growth. Does anyone know if there is a way to tell how old "she" is? She's about 6 inches long by 4.5 inches. We've only had her for a few days and she's been getting lots of time outside (we live in Arizona). She's eating a cuttlebone like crazy (it was the only calcium I had), loves her greens and veggies and seems very active. Except for today... Today she wants to sleep, but I gather she's still in the transition period. I've been skimming the posts on here for a few days, but if anyone has any suggestions for a new tortoise mom, I'm all ears. I did run a small rescue in WI, mostly for geckos, bearded dragons and small snakes. So I'm not a complete newb to herps. Thanks for any help! 20190809_085748_HDR~2.jpg
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    Welcome to the forum! It is so wonderful that you are recuing this sweet baby. There is a ton of great info on this site.....check the sulcata information under "Tortoise Species" for all sorts of important feeding, housing, lighting and heating info. Best of luck to you!
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    Warm water soaks daily for about a half hour each time.
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    Thank you! I've already learned so much
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    Thank you! I'm working on a humid hide as well. How long do you typically give them access to a humid hide? Or is this something that will be needed for her whole life... I'm picturing a huge humid shed
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    Until they get about 10" which is normally around 2 yrs old. You should keep them inside in a closed enclosure to keep humidity 80% <. In your situation not knowing the age. I will let someone else chime in.
    Oh yeah Welcome!
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    Hello and welcome to the forum and I hope you find your answers
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