Turtles!

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  1. Rik Peery

    Rik Peery Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Here's one taken out back a few years ago, "Splendor in the Grass"...

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    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

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    Lol. I went to cape may county zoo this year and 2 of the big tortoises were going at it. It was loud. Some of the people said that poor turtle .
     
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    Lol, one of the best godzila charecters, besides monster zero!
     
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    DiamondGirl Adventures with KODI in AZ

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    A decade ago… We had a big monsoon storm that flooded our neighborhood. I live by a mountain and those flood waters brought a desert tortoise into my front yard. My neighbor took it back to the mountain and it’s natural habitat.

    We have lots of desert animals in our neighborhood. Tortoise, Javalinas, rabbits, skunks, raccoons, squirrels, coyotes, bob cats, owls, hawks, bats, snakes, mountain lions, and etc.

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    kitphantom Well-Known Member Platinum Supporting Member

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    This is Beauty Girl, one of the turtles and tortoises that live in my friends' backyard. There are 4 young ones who will be spending the winter inside, since being found at various times over the past few months. Apparently the resident bunch have been happy and reproduced, but these 4 are the first ones ever seen, they seem to range in age from this year's hatch to maybe a year or so. The plan is to build a safe nursery pen for these in the spring, and refine the current habitat to segregate the males and females.
     

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    DiamondGirl Adventures with KODI in AZ

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    @kitphantom… Good idea to separate desert tortoises by gender. My GF has an adult male and two females. They’re having babies every year. Desert tortoises can live up to 30-50 years in the wild and some will live up to 80 years. You gotta find someone willing to keep them for a long time. It’s a big commitment.

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    Almost looks like an eastern box turtle? Ours never had babies that hatched, they layed eggs over the years but nothing ever came from it.
     
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    She's a box turtle, IIRC western (We live in NM) Here is a pic with more of her shell showing
     

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    Cool markings, looks older. The females usally have more domed shells. I wouldn't worry too much about mating and such. Probably simmiler to up here. Nothing in like 50 years, lol.
     
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  11. Haybale

    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    A snapper turtle at my dad's in MN this past July.

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    The turtles in my friend's yard are apparently quite happy. This year, she first found some that were pretty newly hatched in the late spring. Later on, she found one heading down the sidewalk, having managed to get through the fence, which she figures is 2 or 3 years old. One in-between-aged appeared later, also escaping. She's found a couple of others that were happy to stay in place, so they are still and the fence has been improved.
    Today was bath day for the 4 staying inside for the winter. [She's been consulting with a local turtle rescue person, for suggestions for heater lamps, lights, and food to keep them healthy over the winter.]
    I still have yet to see any in the wild around town, except at the river; we almost always see them when we head down to Bosque del Apache NWR
     

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    They mostly hibernate in the winter. We water ours in the bath tub and offer food. They seldom eat. Then they go back in a box with a paper bag for cover. They dont need heat lamps. We used to burry them, as they do in the wild, but every so often, they would come up early, when it was warmer and then it would get cold and one wouldnt make it. A turtles life is not fun.
     
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    I don't know about that. They look happy enough to me...

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    As I said, my friend is consulting with one of the local turtle rescue folks (she's a retired vet tech, her husband is a vet). The two smallest ones had to go to her for eye infections a while back. This is not the first time one of the herd has spent the winter inside, Years ago, one of the (now gone) dogs dug one up so he spent the rest of the winter inside.
     
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