Why spay a tortoise?

Yesterday, Dr Jay Johnson spayed an adult sulcate at our Mesa location.  This tortoise was a chronic egg layer.


Chronic egg laying poses a risk to tortoises medically, as well as produces clutches of hatchlings that would then need to have responsible homes found for them.  Finding forever homes for these young hatchlings can prove quite difficult.  Although they’re small and cute initially, sulcata tortoises quickly grow over 100lbs.  Overpopulation of tortoises has been a rising concern for years now. Since tortoise sex cannot be determined for several years after they’re hatched, many new owners end up getting tortoises without knowing their gender or if they’re going to end up with a pair that reproduces.  New advances in surgical sterilization, like this procedure, will provide a fairly non-invasive solution to reproductive disease in sulcatas as well as helping prevent tortoises from being dumped in the desert or relinquished to groups or rescues like Arizona Game and Fish Dept, the Phoenix Herpetological Society and Arizona Herpetological Association (which are full of tortoises needing homes already).  Please feel free to call us if you’re interested in discussing the health benefits of having your tortoise spayed.