Hello,
I am the owner of a sulcata (2yrs.old)and this is his first approaching winter outside in his Arizona backyard. I have not been able to find any good info on a good environment for him and was hopeing that someone could assist with ideas! Do they hibernate? Do I need to hook up a heat lamp in the backyard at night? Is just a big pile of timmothy hay alright, so he can crawl under? Also I would like to get some suggestions of food that other owners have been using to feed their spur-thighs and how much for a two year old? Thanks for your time, Concerned owner, Scott
Hello, I am the owner of a sulcata (2yrs.old)and this is his first approaching winter outside in his Arizona backyard. ... using to feed their spur-thighs and how much for a two year old? Thanks for your time, Concerned owner, Scott

Some great websites:
http://www.sulcstatn.addr.com/basics.html
http://www.tortoisetrust.org/care/csulcata.html
Jennifer
Do they hibernate?

I'm not sure if they hibernate or not. They are an African tortoise so they come from a warm climate, they may not necessarily hibernate in a warm climate. Depends on how cold it gets in their geographic range in the winter months, I can't recall what part of Africa they come from. In sub-saharan Africa there is no winter, summer, autumn, spring, instead there are two seasons, the wet season and the dry season. If it was warm enough all year round to sustain a tortoise's activity there's a chance they'd be out and about all-year round.
Do I need to hook up a heat lamp in the backyard at night? Is >just a bigpile of timmothy hay alright, so he can crawl under?

How big is he? You may want to bring him inside your home at night if you have sufficent space
I checked out the first link that Jenn suggested.
1) They don't hibernate
2) You have to provide indoors accomodation for them.

a) Young tortoises can be kept inside the house
b) Larger tortoises will need a special heated tortoise shed built for them as they can grow to weigh over 80 pounds as adults. I suppose you could keep an adult inside your house if you didn't mind it arranging your furniture!
I checked out the first link that Jenn suggested. 1) They don't hibernate 2) You have to provide indoors accomodation ... as adults. I suppose you could keep an adult inside your house if you didn't mind it arranging your furniture!

Or use it as part of the furniture! Emotion: big smile
Chloe - imagining a Sulcata as a useful coffee table or foot stool!
"It's the easiest thing to live in a refuge from the world ... but it's the hardest thing to live in the world alone."
I checked out the first link that Jenn suggested. 1) ... your house if you didn't mind it arranging your furniture!

Or use it as part of the furniture! Emotion: big smile Chloe - imagining a Sulcata as a useful coffee table or ... to live in a refuge from the world ... but it's the hardest thing to live in the world alone."

Teach it to carry the drinks around at parties ?
I'm thinking we may be on to something here Chloe!

-Ryan