1. Welcome! Are you interested in tortoises? If so, we invite you to join our community! Our community is the #1 place for tortoise keepers to talk online. Once you join you'll be able to post messages, upload pictures of your tortoise and enclosure, and discuss any tortoise topic with other tortoise keepers. Get started today!

Pea Gravel

Discussion in 'Tortoise Enclosures' started by Stuart S., Jun 14, 2019.

Help Support Tortoise Forums by donating:

  1. Stuart S.

    Stuart S. Well-Known Member Tortoise Club

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2016
    Messages:
    1,334
    Likes Received:
    1,836
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Paris, Texas
    I’m looking at building a stone walkway in my backyard where I keep my Sulcatas. I’m looking at doing stepping stones with pea gravel surrounding the stones, they’ll cover an area that’s about 120 square feet. I was curious to know if anyone else has used this? I only ask because I know Sulcatas tend to eat anything they can fit in their mouths.. bad idea??
  2. Maro2Bear

    Maro2Bear Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2014
    Messages:
    6,555
    Likes Received:
    21,599
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Glenn Dale, Maryland, USA
    (These ads do not appear for registered members.)
    Hmmmm, i can definitely see a curious hungry Sully ambling down the pathway. A nibble here, a nibble there, eat a few stones here and again there. Personally, i think pea gravel is a no no, a tempting bite size morsel for a tortoise.

    Maybe bump up a size or two.
    Bigred1974 and drew54 like this.
  3. dmmj

    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2008
    Messages:
    19,637
    Likes Received:
    6,849
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    CA
    They try and eat everything. Doesn't have to taste good even. I would avoid anything small they can fit in their mouth.
    drew54 and Maro2Bear like this.
  4. drew54

    drew54 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2018
    Messages:
    885
    Likes Received:
    824
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location (City and/or State):
    Indiana
    Not only are torts tanks, bulldozers, cute dinosaurs, but they are also big eating machines. We have tons of that's where torts have eaten everything from screws to toys. I would definitely avoid anything they can eat.
  5. drew54

    drew54 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2018
    Messages:
    885
    Likes Received:
    824
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location (City and/or State):
    Indiana
  6. wellington

    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2011
    Messages:
    37,126
    Likes Received:
    13,414
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Chicago, Illinois, USA
    I agree, would avoid using it
    drew54 likes this.
  7. dmmj

    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2008
    Messages:
    19,637
    Likes Received:
    6,849
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    CA
    I have known of sulcatas who have eaten dry wall, dorritos bag, mardi gras beads. The list goes on and on.
    drew54 likes this.
  8. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2008
    Messages:
    80,093
    Likes Received:
    50,765
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Clovis, CA
    I used to tell people to get down on their hands and knees and go through the whole tortoise yard picking up rocks and stuff small enough to fit in a tortoise's mouth. I haven't said that in a while, but it's worth repeating. pea gravel? that would be a no no.
    JodyK and drew54 like this.

Share This Page