AFRICAN SPURRED TORTOISE (GEOCHELONE SULCATA)

Upon receiving Myrtle he munched on a few greens but not with the usual gusto that a Sulcata does. He was not able to walk which the vet thought was from the MBD, and which I also thought as well, until several weeks went by and Myrtle really wasn’t eating much, but worse, there was no poop either. I had been continuing daily soaks to keep him hydrated, but it’s really odd to not have any poop and no appetite for a Sulcata. I contacted the owner to find out when was the last time he ate well and was told banana, but he vomited. That’s when bells went off and I realized this tortoise was not walking because of an impaction, not because of the MBD as first thought. So off to the vet for an x-ray for confirmation, and sure enough, a blockage in his intestines. My next question was what substrate was the tortoise kept on and how often was he soaked. At the advice of the vet he was kept on aspen bedding. He was soaked maybe once a week but no water bowl for self soaking was provided. In my opinion aspen is way to dry for Sulcata to be kept on and since Sulcata are known to eat everything in sight it is very likely they are going to eat it. For five months, from March through July I tried everything I could think of and my vet helped with all he could think of to get Myrtle to poop. He was tube fed that whole time because he ate very, very little if anything at all and our hope was that if we could get food in it would get things moving, and of course we added things to help get the blockage moving. He was also given enemas to try to help things along.

I went to buy a new bedding for my tortoise, but I don't know if its best for a sulcata

Feb 17, 2016 ... Baby sulcata tortoises require a lot of special care, from lighting ... I believe the best bedding for a tortoise is just some good dirt from your ...

How to Set up a Habitat for Your Baby Sulcata Tortoise | PetHelpful

Can i use miracle Gro Organic Choice Potting Mix for growing food and as bedding for sulcata tortoise. Alfalfa pellets, hay, aspen bark, corn cob bedding, or reptile sand are commonly used for bedding. If you're using aspen, sand or cob bedding, make sure you place your tortoise's food in a dish so he doesn't accidentally eat the bark - hay really is the best option as dried grass is part of their natural diet. Do not use any type of humidity-holding bark such as pine or cypress - since the tortoises come from the dry desert/grasslands they are unable to tolerate humidity. Even small amounts of humidity can cause respiratory infections in Sulcata Tortoises. Keep the water bowl on the cool end of the tank, away from the heat light. If your tortoise is housed outdoors, keep a shallow bowl of fresh water available at all times, ideally one wide enough for your tortoise to soak in. Keep in mind these guys can't swim! They will sink like a rock if they are put in deep water. A 1/2 log or other hiding spot should be placed at one end of the tank. A pegboard or screen top should be placed on the cage. Do not put plastic or poisonous plants in the tank with your tortoise! They will try to eat them.

Substrate - The Sulcata and Leopard Tortoise

All estimates indicate that a sulcata tortoise can live for close to 100 years! ... quickly, so special attention should be paid to keeping this type of bedding fresh.

Sulcata and Leopard Tortoises care and breeding