Patton and Peanut are Sulcatta Tortoises (Geochelone sulcata).
They were both 'rescues' from the S.D. Tortoise Society. Patton has been around since December 2001.

AFRICAN SPURRED TORTOISE (GEOCHELONE SULCATA)
Geochelone sulcata African Spurred Tortoise
Living with Sulcata
Sulcata (African Spurred) Tortoises
African Spurred Tortoise - Geochelone sulcata - Darrell Senneke  and Chris Tabaka DVM
Geochelone sulcata (African spurred tortoises
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I put a notice on the internet and eventually someone was interested in taking Peanut. The woman had a desert tortoise when she was a child and wanted this for her kids. It seemed like it would be a good home.

March 30, 2004 - I split the tortoise area. At first I was going to work of a vegetable bed, but decided it was limiting Peanut too much. In the mean time, I will try ot find him a good home.
 

Sulcata Tortoise yard

Sulcata Tortoise Yard

Sulcata Tortoise Yard

Sulcata Tortoise Yard


March 29, 2004 - I went out to feed the tortoises and found Peanut on his back. I have two large video clips, one of Peanut thrashing, then one of right after I flipped him over, when they both focused on eating.

     

Sulcata Tortoise on its back

MPG movies
Peanut upside down

Both eating

Sulcata Tortoise on its back


March 28, 2004 - It looks like Peanut is definitely a male. March 8, I caught him mounting Patton. Today Peanut mounted Patton again. Then Patton continually charged Peanut all over their area. At one point he flipped Peanut on his back, then as he continued charging, flipped him end over end until Peanut was right side up. Below are links to MPG movies

 

Charging 1

Charging 2


March 8, 2004, the natives are restless. We are having a warm spell so Patton and Peanut are finally out of their houses. Actually Peanut spent the night in Patton's house which hasn't happened for some time. I took them food and Patton charged Peanut, which I thought was odd. Maybe he didn't recognize her. Then they both started to eat. I left them for a bit and upon my return, Peanut had mounted Patton! I guess they are both males!


October 26, 2003 - Patton Eating Corn
Sulcata Tortoise

October 26, 2003 Peanut eating Broccoli
Sulcata Tortoise


 

Sulcata Tortoise

 

     

Sulcata Tortoise

Sulcata Tortoise

Sulcata Tortoise


Sulcata Tortoise

Sulcata Tortoise


May 5, 2002  - The S.D. Tortoise Society called looking for a home for another Sulcata Tortoise that was found along side of the road. I said as long as they get along, we would take it. Turns out it is a female and they do get along.

December 20, 2001 - We received a 'rescue' Sulcata Tortoise from the S.D. Tortoise Society. Always a concern for tortoises and turtles are dogs. And while I had a secure area for the tortoise, I felt that if we familiarized the dogs to the tortoise in the house, there was a better chance they would leave him alone. I named him Patton, because he reminded me of a 'tank', not to be confused with my dog 'Tank'.
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