Sulcata Tortoise Pyramiding

by Kim Reynolds
(Michigan/ USA)

how bad is this pyramiding?

how bad is this pyramiding?

I'm looking into purchasing this sulcata and they sent me a picture of him/her but upon myresearch I believe this tortoise has pyramiding and I found that to be very bad but I also found on different web sites that some people say it is ok to have some pyramiding can you tell me if the tortoise has bad pyramiding or it is ok?

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Nov 18, 2010
by: Shelly

Here is a link to a photo of a sulcata with a normal shell. That will give you a point of reference.

Pyramiding is a sign of poor husbandry. Several things can contribute to it. If you are interested in more information on the topic, you can read about it at

You may enjoy this story of a rescue tortoise who suffered from severe pyramiding.

Keep it slow and steady.

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