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African spurred tortoises

Description: Picture of an "ivory Tortoise", a normal sulcata, and a "blonde" sulcata.

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Date: 09/24/03
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Chelonians

Registered: 08/2004
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Posts: 6
Asian male name initials R.H.C.

Hello, I love your tortoises, and I was wondering if you have any blonde African Spurred Toroises (Geochelone Sulcata`s) for sale? Rating: 5/5 
08-09-2004 04:23PM View Chelonians's Profile View Chelonians's Gallery  

Ivory Tortoise

Registered: 09/2002
Location: Arizona
Posts: 37
Breeds tortoises

Actually the term “Blond” is used very liberally. There is a little bit of color variation in hatchlings but new growth is always darker so the new hatchlings are always much lighter than older tortoises that have some new growth. I can pick out the youngest tortoises that have the lightest shells but in almost every case you will find that your tortoise will begin to develop new growth that is much darker.

I don’t represent my African spurred tortoises as “Blond” because in a short time they will be the same as almost every other African spurred tortoise. You will only have a “Blond” tortoise for a few months. As new growth ages, particularly if the tortoise is in the sun, its shell will lighten. The “Ivory Tortoise” is completely different and has very little pigment or melanin in the shell and even as a larger tortoise it is strikingly different. You can contact me at richardfife@theriver.com for more information.
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