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  1. Oxalis

    Turtles and Tortoises Illustrations

    Just gorgeous!! I love your work -- keep it up! 😍
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    Garden chat & photos for torts and people ♫ ♫

    Saw a big rock in my yard today. I walked over and saw it was one of those big, poofy mushrooms.
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    Lookin' for love...

    D'oh! 😣
  4. Oxalis

    Garden chat & photos for torts and people ♫ ♫

    That is so awesome. I have a little Russian tort, so not much poop in comparison, but I do still let him poop around his garden. Since we built his new garden, I got so excited for his first poop in his new outdoor space! 🤣
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    Garden chat & photos for torts and people ♫ ♫

    I moved. Still in Michigan. Dandelions are doing well. Otherwise, we're in the dust bowl this time of year. I plan to incorporate some mulch into our soil for the next growing season. Maybe start some leaf mold. :)
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    Garden chat & photos for torts and people ♫ ♫

    I didn't have deer in my old backyard, so I didn't know if they (or rabbit, rodents, etc.) might occasionally nimble on gourds. I just like gourds for fall decoration. I assume the raccoons or something will eat them afterward, or I'll just compost them. Here's some of our gourd flowers, open...
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    Sudan Sulcatas (This never gets old...)

    Simply amazing. Way to go, @Tom!!!! :D Those are definitely going to be some happy, healthy tortoises!
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    Sudan Sulcatas (This never gets old...)

    Just out of curiosity, why are the lids closed on the soaking boxes? Do the babies ever have an issue sharing a box? Those leaves and flowers look like tortoise heaven!! 😍
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    Garden chat & photos for torts and people ♫ ♫

    As usual, everyone's banana plants are awesome! 🤩
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    Aw, cute!
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    Photos of Our Outdoor Russian Tortoise Enclosure and Garden II

    We completed the posts in mid-May. By the end of May, we had finished assembling our beams, which connected the tops of our posts. This will support a "ceiling" of welded wire (which we decided on instead of our original idea of using chain link fencing). Our welded wire is 14-gauge, 2" × 4"...
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    Sudan Sulcatas (This never gets old...)

    That is really fascinating to me. I love being able to learn more about torts while checking out adorable baby photos. :cool: Thanks!!
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    Sudan Sulcatas (This never gets old...)

    That's crazy! Totally new to me as well. Thanks for the comparison photos. :) @Tom, are these considered a subspecies or just a kind of separated Sulcata community?
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    Photos of Our Outdoor Russian Tortoise Enclosure and Garden II

    I see. Very cool! How often were you replacing your wooden posts? Did you use treated wood? Our treated wood posts should last around 20 years, give or take. These winters do present a challenge for us tortoise keepers...
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    Photos of Our Outdoor Russian Tortoise Enclosure and Garden II

    We started our insanely massive tortoise enclosure by securing our wooden 4' × 4' posts into our pre-dug post holes with concrete. First, we poured a small amount of gravel and concrete mix into the bottom of the post hole. This way, the bottom of the wooden post doesn't touch the dirt, keeping...
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    Photos of Our Outdoor Russian Tortoise Enclosure and Garden II

    It's finally time for an update again. Just after we started our build in mid-May, we received an excessive amount of rain that lead to flooding throughout Michigan. Almost immediately after that, the heat wave struck. The humidity that came along with it made it extremely difficult to work...
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    Happy birthday!! 🍰

    Happy birthday!! 🍰
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    Sudan Sulcatas (This never gets old...)

    Nothing warms the heart like baby photos! Mom and Dad look absolutely beautiful too. 🥰 I'm amazed that the yolk sac is absorbed SO quickly with the added hydration, but I'm not surprised since your methods are near perfection. Great job!! ⭐
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    Garden chat & photos for torts and people ♫ ♫

    Been busy with the new house here. I think most of our plants survived the recent heat wave (I almost didn't). Here are some daylilies next to our back deck that the previous homeowners planted. I might replace them with some native wildflowers someday. It looks like some gourd seed mixed in...
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    My Russian did the same with a garden slug once. Adorable photo!!
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