My sulcata tortoise was left outside over night and is lost

by Jen
(Azusa, CA)

Now she is lost! We left her in an enclosed area in our veggie garden for the evening so she can catch a bit of sun. We forgot she was outside until the next morning. She wasn't in the enclosed area! Not sure how she got out but my main concern is I wonder if a bird or other predator got her. We spent all morning looking in our good size backyard which is enclosed by concrete walls and a wooden door. She is about a year old. I'm worried we may have lost her for good.

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by: Anonymous

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by: Anonymous

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Jan 12, 2018
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by: Anonymous

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Mar 09, 2017
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by: Anonymous

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Jun 12, 2016
MIssing Tortoise
by: Shelly

I hope you are able to get your tortoise back. If you have photos, try posting them locally. Also, use local social media to tell your story.

Keep it slow and steady.

Jun 11, 2016
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by: Anonymous

I live in south gate California, I usually leave our two year old sulcata , outside so he could bask and eat the grass. My family and I were about to go out, so I went looking for him. To put it inside, I didn't find him. Next day a neighbor hood kid told me a lady snatched him from our yard claiming it was hers. He was a gift for my 8 year old girl. We had him since he was a little tiny little thing. My family is devastated, we put up posters knocked on doors. No luck. I know people here are worried but let's be hopefull.

Oct 05, 2015
by: Anonymous

my sulcata was left outside when i went to the store and now he is lost anyway way to find him

Jul 16, 2015
by: Anonymous

Today our family pet Spike was left outside to play in the front yard. When I went to get him two hours later he was gone. The kids and I are so devastated. We live in Santa Rosa ca in the Lincoln manor district. Please comment if you find him.

Mar 28, 2015
by: Kartic from india

i am very upset because my female tortoise is lost from my sand box in my hall and i am playing in my street after 2 hour my tortoise lost i am very cry

Oct 20, 2014
tortoise surviving outside
by: Shelly

A tortoise can live for a while in cooler temperatures. Some tortoises hibernate in cold weather. Since I don't know exactly what you have, I can't say for sure what will happen.

In any case, it will be good to find your tortoise if you can.

Keep it slow and steady.

Oct 18, 2014
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I lost baby tortois, we have 3 acres and a lot of brush and fallen leaves I am so sad I can't sleep. It can fit in the palm of your hand and is very used to sleeping inside. Any idea on how long it can survive and will it survive in 64 degree temperatures at night? Please help !!!

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Dec 15, 2013
Help me too!
by: Anonymous

I lost my sulcata too! And I need help! I lost her yesterday when I forgot to put her back in her cage. She is about the size of a cantelope. We live in a neiborhood where we live on 1/8 or 1/4 of an acre which is very small. There are also many roads. She has been missing and I am panicking at this point. Should I search everyone's yard?! What should I do?! There is also lots of woods by my house! :(

Jun 19, 2011
lost mine too! D:
by: Ctyler

I brought my 10 year old leopard tortoise outside yesterday with the kids to bask and graze. Normally he stays put, and the kids help me watch, but we got busy and when I looked, he was gone! He's the size of a soccer ball and normally he's like a bulldozer, we know instantly where he's gone just by the trail he leaves. But not this time :(
We have 10 acres of land, and he's done this once before, and my wonderful husband found him burrowed under a pine bough not even two feet in the tree line after searching for hours everywhere. But that was earlier in the spring. Now its warm and everything is grown over. We had to stop searching on account of darkness, and we're searching now hoping that he'll come out and bask in the morning sun. But I'm feeling very anxious and trying not to panic. So I understand how you feel, and I'm really glad you found your sulcata. Hopefully, we'll find Merlin again soon!

Mar 15, 2011
Good Idea
by: Anonymous

That's a great idea! I will try that thanks!

Mar 15, 2011
by: Anonymous

I'm so glad you found her! What I found to be helpful when my russian is walking around, I use masking tape and secure a semi blown up balloon or one of those small yard flags that you find at the hardware store. Just so you can keep an eye on her and it is easy to find her.

Mar 14, 2011
Tortoise found!
by: Anonymous

I found her! She was under some leaves next to our house. I was so relieved!!! Now I got to find another way she can stay outside without escaping !

Mar 14, 2011
by: Anonymous

About how big is she? Check around for any holes or soft dirt where she might have burrowed and got out. Contact local pet stores, pounds, and if you live close the zoo. Also if you have a neighborhood watch system then talk to them so they will keep an eye out. Put up bright colored posters with her picture and a short description about when she was lost, your phone number, and a description of her. I hope you find her soon.

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