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    09-29-2008, 01:56 PM
  #1
Foal
The new 'kid'

After 19 hours yesterday in a car...............argh!!!

But I got to bring home a new kid.

We still need a name for him. Hubby has announced he's naming him.

He's about 9 or 10 years old. 22 inches straight across the back of his shell from head to legs, shell only. Weighs 65 - 70 pounds. And of course, still growing.

He's very unsocial with people - I'm guessing his previous owner spent little time with him - so he hisses and pulls head and legs in his shell as much as he can when you try to pet him. But Sherm was like that when we brought her home and now she follows us all over, stretching her neck as far as she can get to petted.

We'd intended to adopt two of them, but the other one was a bully. I think Sherm could have handled him, and this guy definitely could have. He's got a good 20 pounds on him. But I didn't want to risk any of them hurt, and poor little Bradley would have been mushed by the other one. So as much as I hated to, we had to turn down the second one.

However, they did say they've got another pending to come into the rescue and he's supposed to be as big as the rescue guys sulcata - over 100 pounds. I've been dying for a full grown sulcata for years, but once they get that size pretty much the only way you'll get them from their owner is if someone dies. So, if this works out and it is a sulcata - or oh please, oh please, oh please - an aldabra, the rescue guy is putting us in touch with the owner and we'll take that one too. For one that size I'm willing to section off another pen!!

Anyway, here he is, mr. I have no name yet!! LOL!! I'm calling him Huff for the moment because when you try to pet him he pulls head and legs in his shell and huffs at you. He is getting along just fine with Sherman and Bradley. Hubby's home watching them. We'll keep a very close eye on them for the next month and not leave them alone unsupervised. If we have an entire month with no problems we'll go ahead and let them be together all the time.

Anyway, the only problem he has is his shell. Can't confirm what happened, but it looks to me like he had shell rot when he was young. It's obviously healed and grown out, but will always be there. The photos are terrible, but I'm off tomorrow so I'll get better ones then.

So, here he is!!





     
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    09-29-2008, 06:44 PM
  #2
Trained
He's...cute? I don't know if that's the right word I was looking for but I just find your "pets" fascinating. Congrats on the new guy!!!

Are the rings on his shell (which is beautiful) like the rings on a tree? As in the older they get the more they have? I found myself just gazing and studying the shell...it's quite intriguing.
     
    09-29-2008, 10:25 PM
  #3
Weanling
Omg!! He's so adorable!!! I love turtles I have a little female(i think but im pretty sure) red eared slider

Her name is bob and she's real young im guessing last time I measured her she was 5 1/2 inches long, but she got bigger from this picture its the only one I have and I took it on my phone lol I had her out yesterday but she was pmsing(lol she tried to bite me) and I know when im pmsing I hate to have pictures taken
Congrats on your new boy I want a big one now lol
Do they dig????
     
    09-30-2008, 07:39 AM
  #4
Weanling
Ooooooooooooo he's wonderful! Congrats, Ronnie.

Are we staying with the tank name theme? Off the top of my head ...

Panzer ( German)
Pershing
Matilda ( British)
Churchill
Valentine

Mark ( US)
Comet ( US?)
Chaffee ( Us or brit)
Stuart - my fav. He looks like a Stuart. See...

A striking resemblance!

More pics! More pics! I wanna see Bradley. < sniffles> I miss that little Dude. Despite his elepehant sized poopies.
     
    09-30-2008, 11:41 AM
  #5
Yearling
He's lovely, I used to sell reptiles a few years ago myself. :)
Is he going to free roam around your house? LOL!!!!
     
    09-30-2008, 02:29 PM
  #6
Started
How do you house a turtle like that? I mean like care for it??? Does it take two of you to lug them around?
     
    09-30-2008, 02:40 PM
  #7
Green Broke
I think he looks like a Temple or Templeton :)

Sure is a cutie!
     
    10-01-2008, 09:00 AM
  #8
Foal
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Are the rings on his shell (which is beautiful) like the rings on a tree? As in the older they get the more they have? I found myself just gazing and studying the shell...it's quite intriguing.
Kind of but they should be much more faint than they are. He wasn't properly cared for before he went into rescue. :(

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do they dig????
Dig doesn't even begin to cover what they do. Burrows in the wild have been measured at over 30 feet long and 20 feet deep. So far we've been lucky. Sherm is too lazy - she just hangs out in the pens. Bradley is too little to be digging. It's more a mature territory / breeding thing with them. We'll see how this guy does.



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Are we staying with the tank name theme? Off the top of my head ...

Panzer ( German)
Yep, still going with tank names. And Panzer was the first name we had suggested to us, so that's what I've been calling him. Hubby has a week to figure something out or that will be it.

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I wanna see Bradley. < sniffles> I miss that little Dude. Despite his elepehant sized poopies.
I took some of him yesterday with the others. You won't believe how big he is. He's 7 pounds now and huge!!! He's close to basketball size now. Growing like a weed on steroids!

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Is he going to free roam around your house? LOL!!!!
Actually, in the winter months during the day, yes. All 3 of them will. 4 if we get the other. They don't hibernate like most species of land turtle and tortoise, so they have to live inside during the winter. They'll have pens for bedtime and then during the day wander the sitting room or the living room with the un-shelled dogs.

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how do you house a turtle like that? I mean like care for it??? Does it take two of you to lug them around?
Right now it's warm enough outside during the day. Just last week the night temps got low enough that they had to start coming in after dinner. They hate it. But when winter really sets in and even the days are less than 60 degrees, they'll have to live inside with us. Other than that, when the weather is nice they are outdoors all the time. They love the rain and the sun.

This guy is almost too big for me to carry. He's about 70 pounds. But he's still growing too. They can exceed 200 pounds. We'd bought a greenhouse to put outside so they could go in that when it got cooler, but it turned out to not be strong enough to withstand a determined tortoise, so we had to get rid of it. We've got an outdoor room of the back of the house that's in their pen. I'm going to clean it out this weekend and put some film over the windows to weather proof it as much as I can. Maybe throw down some pig blankets. See if I can get it to stay warm enough at night for them. But honestly, we'll have to look into getting a wagon soon to transport them. I'm sure by next winter he's going to be too big to carry around.
     
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