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  1. Kristina

    Looking for foster homes in southern states

    RE: Land donation I haven't been here in a while, and I don't have much time at the moment, but I have to speak up. I am the founder and director of Northern Michigan Reptile and Amphibian Rescue. I am also personal friends with Jeff Peck, founder and director of Suburban Jungle Rescue of...
  2. Kristina

    another, 'nother, 'nother very special birthday!!!

    I'm on pills and diet as of now. I also have a metabolic disorder, so there are going to be some big life changes for me. They have discussed shots, but I am going to insist that we try to control it with pills for now.
  3. Kristina

    Whats up with all the September birthdays!

    Good point Mark, LMAO!!!
  4. Kristina

    Whats up with all the September birthdays!

    Awww, thanks :) You all make me feel very appreciated and blessed! And matter what Jacqui, I'll always think of you as my partner in crime... in the very least as far as wanting all the same dang critters and torturing Mark as much as possible ;)
  5. Kristina

    another, 'nother, 'nother very special birthday!!!

    Ha ha, I worked BOTH of my jobs today! And, on top of that, a few weeks ago, I found out I was diabetic... so no B-Day cake for me! It's hell to get old, lmao ;)
  6. Kristina

    Ever-lasting love and a very special gift - inspiring true story

    One of my regular customers is a woman named Helen. Helen and Jack were married for over 60 years. They were high school sweethearts, raised children, grand children, great-grand children, and built a long-lasting life together. Jack passed away last October. He had been sick for some time...
  7. Kristina

    Russian tortoise feeding pic

    Piles of torts are awesome ;) I have several groups, but the Russians are my favorite "pile." ;) You are very welcome. I think too many people want to make it all too complicated. This method has worked well for me for many, many years and certainly makes life easier!
  8. Kristina

    Crab fail

    ALL crabs are wild crabs, at least hermits or those that live in snail shells. They spawn in the sea, and as of yet it has not been accomplished to properly simulate the tides and all of the tiny zooplankton that the free swimming crab larvae feed on. Therefore, they are all wild caught...
  9. Kristina

    Can I just feed them mealworms?

    The same kinds of greens that you would feed a tortoise, dark leafy greens like collards, kale, turnip greens, etc. Even slices of summer squash and zucchini. You can also give them edible water plants like duckweed, water lettuce, and filligree. Water turtles like yours start out as...
  10. Kristina

    Perfers cool side?

    You should have plants and hiding spots on both sides of the enclosure, so that she can choose where she wants to be and still feel comfortable. My Hingebacks are most active at about 72 degrees, but they do need to be able to warm up to digest properly.
  11. Kristina

    Can I just feed them mealworms?

    No, you cannot "just" feed them mealworms. They need a balanced diet. What kind of water turtles are they? Crickets are fine to feed, but most water turtles are omnivores, which means they need greens and veggies in their diet too. Feeding them just insects will cause deficiencies...
  12. Kristina

    Russian tortoise feeding pic

    I basically feed what ever I have in my kitchen. I don't follow a set schedule as far as greens or veggies. The majority of what they (my Russians, anyway) eat is dark leafy greens and weeds, but the only thing I do not feed them is fruit. You can read more about my feeding philosophy here -...
  13. Kristina

    Russian tortoise feeding pic

    Yellow summer squash ;) They also get slices of zucchini, Cucumber, sweet potato, and what ever else I may have on hand.
  14. Kristina

    Russian tortoise feeding pic

    Thanks ;) She may well have been, she is a bit of a princess ;) She likes it when I hand feed her.
  15. Kristina

    Russian tortoise feeding pic

    Me too ;) They are absolute hams. I was sitting on the ground inside the enclosure yesterday morning and ended up with a lap full of torts, lol!
  16. Kristina

    Russian tortoise feeding pic

    They would like you to think so, at least! ;)
  17. Kristina

    Hi need help with an I.D.

    RE: Help Identifying Please I too am going to guess that you have a box turtle, but we definitely need pictures ;) Welcome to the forum!
  18. Kristina

    Northern Michigan Reptile and Amphibian Rescue - Facebook page

    I have had this page up for some time, but it is lacking seriously in "likes." I really want to go more active with it, and post up daily pictures and facts about reptiles, care articles, etc. but honestly, with only a handful of likes, it seems kind of pointless. If anyone would be...
  19. Kristina

    My three new Three Toeds

    Lisa, words cannot express how humbled I am that you chose me to care for these little gems ;) I am so blessed to have them in my life!
  20. Kristina

    Russian tortoise feeding pic

    She was sitting in the sun on the other side of the enclosure ;)
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