There needs to be regulations on owning and selling/giving away sulcatas. I honestly don’t even like the idea that I’m taking care of one…but, like most people, my sister randomly came home with It and didn’t even realize how fast it would grow and the proper care a sulcata should have. So I ended up caring for it. The little guy was beginning to pyrimad before I even returned home and starting taking care of him. He didn’t get any excercise, no natural sun, and was fed random things he shouldn’t have had(Or had eaten often). I’m looking for out of shape sulcatas all the time (even though i probably won’t get one.) And I can spot tortoises who had shit care. And the fact that they are constantly for sell when they reach a certain size. Like fuck, they don’t stay small forever, and please tell me people weren’t so quick to make a decision that they forgot how long a tortoise can live. You. Dont. Throw. Away. Pets. And you definitely, always need to educate yourself beforehand. I’m a bit frustrated because I didn’t get that opportunity with my sulcata. I just took the initiative to take over its care so the poor thing can have the best health. But since I (or actually my family, since they wanted him) wasn’t prepared, my sulcata doesn’t have a proper outside pen or hideaway.(I bring him inside every night, btw). He’s choosen to sleep in a small trashcan. It’s funny, but I feel bad that that’s become one of it’s top options. He’s small now but when he gets bigger…I feel he needs a larger yard.
I won’t even consider giving him away due to a lot of people not caring enough, and because of this, animal santuaries (and the like) hardly accept sulcatas because so many people fuck up and can’t take on the reponsibility, so they toss them out of their families. Like my dad constantly mentions how my sulcata is out of here when he gets big (cause he thinks it’s my moms) but I’m not letting that happen unless he finds a proper place. I don’t even want that to happen.
A man from the United Kingdom is accused of illegal tortoise trafficking. Graham Martin, 36, has been charged with multiple counts of trading protected tortoise species for commercial gain. The Backnell resident allegedly sold both African Spur-Thighed Sulcatas and Hermann’s tortoises. (via United Kingdom Man Accused Of Trafficking In Protected Tortoises Species)