Tortoises For Sale
Featured Animal: Sulcata Tortoises
Geochelone sulcata require daily access to a natural grazing area and will feed readily upon mixed grasses, hibiscus, clover and - a great favourite - prickly pear pads.. Due to their prodigious rate of growth, their demand for calcium and mineral trace elements is high. A calcium-D3 supplement should be provided.
In captivity, sulcata require a very high fiber intake. A lack of dietary fiber will precipitate digestive tract disturbance, diarrhoea and much increased susceptibility to flagellate and worm problems. The feeding of fruit will result in similar problems and can also result in severe colic. Fruit, if given at all, should be only an occasional treat.
The sulcata is the largest of the African mainland tortoise, with specimens easily reaching 24-30 inches (60-75 cm) in carapace length and 80-110 pounds (36-50 kg). Indoor accommodation for small or medium sized tortoises consists 20 or 30 gallon tank. Cypress mulch is the indoor substrate of choice for this species due to it's humidity retention characteristics which in turn leads to good scute and skin health.
A spot lamp should be positioned on one side for basking. The habitat should also be equipped with a full spectrum fluorescent light to provide for UVB. There should be a hide box located in the corner away from the basking spot to allow the animal a cool dim retreat.
(Pet Stores & Jobbers/ Minimum Order 200.00)