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Old 10-26-2010, 01:41 AM   #1
this doesn't sound right?10"

ok so my wife is going to buy a sulcata that is 18 years old right,but what doesn't sound right to me is she said that the seller told her it is only 10 INCHES
i mean i dont know much about torties but that sounds pretty small right?
Old 10-26-2010, 11:50 AM   #2
Tim Cole
Way to small. We have 9 year olds that are 20".

Around here, Sulcatta's are a rescue animal and buying one is not needed.
Old 10-26-2010, 01:28 PM   #3
yeah see that sounded to small to me ,oh yeah sorry she did say it was up for adoption! but for 100 bucks i told her that it sounded like a sale.
Old 10-26-2010, 01:36 PM   #4
Mine was 10" at either 4 or 5 years.
Old 10-26-2010, 01:37 PM   #5
Typo, 9"
Old 10-27-2010, 04:03 PM   #6
I have a 3 year old sulcata that is almost 7 inches. However, heavily pyramided sulcatas will have shorter SCLs than they ought to. If the sulcata is that old and that small you may be dealing with an animal with MBD or kidney issues. They're tough little guys so may still make for a great pet with improved care, but you probably shouldn't consider breeding.

If it has a relatively smooth shell and no obvious signs of MBD, it is either a lot younger than they're claiming or it could be a California Desert Tortoise that they're trying to illegally "sell" by claiming it is a sulcata. Or, I suppose if they really don't know their tortoises they could be confused about what is... But if it is a CDT they are legally required to give it away, for free, usually to a rescue organization who will find a home for it.

Now, if it actually is a 10", 18 year old, fully grown, perfectly healthy sulcata I say pay the $100 because breeding that little guy to create a line of small-size sulcatas could make you a mint.
Old 10-30-2010, 01:15 PM   #7
I will post some pics of him as soon when i find my camera.
Old 10-30-2010, 11:04 PM   #8
18 year old sulcata?
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Old 11-02-2010, 09:43 AM   #9
There's no way that sulcata is 18 years old...
Old 11-02-2010, 09:45 AM   #10
He sure is cute though and he appears healthy to me

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