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Fences & Giant Tortoises


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Q: How high should the fence be to contain an adult ?

A: I would build the Aldabra fence higher than the Galop fence.
Also it depends on what the fence is made of. A blind fence (a fence they can't see through) for a galop; maybe 3 feet, but it depends on the animal's size. For Aldabras, make the fence higher. They are more mischievous than the Galops, 
plus they will pile in the corner and jump on each other to get

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Sudden Death in Tortoises


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Joseph

Hello, my name is Joseph. I live in Ghana(West Africa) and i am a Veterinarian. I am a small pet practitioner but recently undergoing wildlife training in a resort. Most of what i am learning is hands-on field experience. There is no senior vet on site so I basically use my knowledge in veterinary medicine and also consult. They are 5 tortoises on site; 2 aduts and 3 young ones. The young ones; 1 is 8 months and the other 2, 6 months. One of the younger ones

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Aldabras in the UK


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Susan

Hi Sam 

I am in the UK and have 4 Aldabra tortoises ,I have been watching you on instagram and check out your website .I know you are in Florida and I also have a home in Florida but with things right now will hopefully fingers-crossed be going out in July 

I think I have a problem with one of my tortoises I purchased her last year and the seller told me she was around 7 .She is lovely her shell is not great but I am hoping t

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Sulcatas & Cage Mates


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Isadore H.

Hi. I have a Sulcata tortoise that is about 9 months old. I want to get a second one. Is there any other type that can co-exist with mine or am i limited to to Sulcatas only? 
Thanks, izzy

 

Sam

I believe you are best off not integrating sulcatas with other species.

 

They are a very outgoing, thriving tortoises, they are incredibly active and have lots of p

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Interested in Aldabra Hatchling


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Peter

Hi Sam,

Happy New Year.

 

I am interested in buying an Aldabra hatchling, in your care sheet behavior section it is mentioned Aldabras are social and do best when they have company, I cannot buy two at once, the next one will be in 2022-23, my questions are as follows.

 

I buy a hatchling now, the next one will be at the end of 2022 by then the one I will have will be bigger in size than the new hatch

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Redfoot Baby: Is he sick?


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John

Hello Sam. I’m having some issues, so it seems, with the young tortoise. She has a “cough” or more of a chirping sound since she arrived. When she starts to do it her breathing quickens and jerks her head in the shell. She also has been rubbing her face and eyes. Her setup is a rubber tub, cypress mulch floor, a 100 watt CHE, a small heat pad on the wall next to a humid hide box. Temps range from 76-78 cool side87-92 warm side. She has been ea

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Different Deposit & Layaway Options


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Marlon

I’m interested in #N10. He’s on sale for $1,995. I’ve read your lay way plan. Is there a specific amount I need to pay monthly? Looking forward to hearing back from you Sam :).

 

Sam

That sale is a "day sale", which means he has to be paid for. No layaway on that animal because of the deep discount.

 

The Christmas sale is a $200 discount and you

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J99 / K2 and the Layaway Process


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SM

Hello,

I’m interested in either J99 or K2 but had a couple of questions I’m hoping you can help me with. 

Do you have adult Aldabras with multi-scute that I can reference to what it would look like as an adult? Can you provide photos of the multi-scutes on these individual Aldabras, J-99 & K2? At what age can you determine sex? 

Lastly, how do your layaway plans work? Do I have a set time

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Picking a Pet Iguana


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Rebecca:

I am inquiring about which is better to have as a pet male or female blue cuban?

 

Sam:

Hi Becky, nice to meet you. It depends on what you are looking for in a Pet Iguana.

 

Males:

People like males because they grow bigger than females, often by four feet long and 20-25 pounds.

They have bold features; long spi

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Whats Available on Tortoises?


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Chan

Hi,

I follow you on Instagram and just saw the video that you have specials on tortoises $200-$600 off. However, am not clear on what’s available with that sale.  If you can provide a list. 

There’s also a sale on juvenile hatchlings but what’s available? If you can provide a list that would be great.

Are there females and males available. I understand that large tortoises genders c

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Exercising Your Tortoise


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Sabar: hey i have a juvenile aldabra tortoise and i want him to exercise how do i can to make him exercise

Sam: Hi. You have to have sufficient room, temp and sunlight. That being said, environmental stimulation also enhances activity. Such as hills and different substrates. When those elements are focused together, your tortoise will behave normally, stay active, and naturally healthy.

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Purchasing Two Aldabras


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Beth

Hi Sam,

I have been researching Aldabras for years and I think I am financially ready to take the plunge but I still have a one big concern that I just can't seem to find adequate answers for.  I do have other torts...I am not an expert but this isn't my first endeavor.

 

I live in Colorado.  I have a large backyard (one acre lot) and we plan to move further out of town in a year or two, so space isn't re

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Does this Look like a Need for Concern?


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Mike:

Hi Sam, this is a pic I took from the belly of my sulcata. Is this a concern I need to deal with? Or is this just from all the rain we have had recently? Thanks for your expert advice!

 

Sam:

I believe you should treat that.

That is a Scud Fungus; it slowly grows on their shells eating away at them. Most times it is just defiguring, but sometimes it can become pathagenic.

&n

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Aldabra Layaway Program Questions


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Chad

Hello. Checking to see if this service is still available and when you expect your next hatchlings to be ready for sale?

I’m interested in a ‘near perfect’ to ‘perfect’ scute 6-7” tortoise. 

Would it be best to wait until spring for a hatchling due to my climate in Oklahoma, or does this matter as much as I’ll be keeping it indoors until it’s a juvenile/ per your recs as to

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Question About Sub-Adult Aldabra


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Brian:

Hello Sam

 

This is Brian Im planing to add some aldabra project in my here 

got some question about those 20 '' around sub adult aldabra you have

Are they able to breed in next year ? How many clutch and eggs are they usually produce ? 

Bases they need large environment to keep what else do they special need 

 

Thank you for your time 

&

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How to handle shy tortoises


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Q: Anyone who has or has had a juvenile Aldabra who can tell me how long it takes for them to not be scared of everything?
Mine is constantly on the run and doesn't slow down until he finds food or his hiding place. Do they eventually grow out of this?


A:  Hi Julian each animal is an individual, yes they do eventually lose their shyness as they get older.

Females are typically shyer then males.

There

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