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  1. Tom

    Hypothetical Breeding Question

    A recent thread from a new member that was interested in breeding made me think of this question. We all know its illegal to breed DTs and told this new member so. We all know if they somehow accidentally get together and breed that its illegal to interfere with the eggs in any way. We are...
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    Purple Flowers

    Anyone know what this one is?
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    Sex This Manouria?

    I'm not familiar enough with this species to call this one with any certainty. The anal scutes tell me no tale. Tail is medium, not short, not long. No concavity to the plastron. I'm guessing female, but I'd like someone with more Manouria experience to confirm. This Mee tortoise is about 10...
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    Incubation Experiment

    The South African leopards are notoriously difficult to hatch artificially. I've been trying different things for years with little success. New info has come to light this year, and I'm trying a bunch of different things. I'm doing different cooling regimes for breaking diapause. Different...
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    Tecoma stans

    Does anyone have experience with this plant and tortoises? I saw it growing in some tortoise pens and it tolerates my extreme climate very well. Its not really clear if its toxic or not, or even better, if its edible. If its not toxic this plant would be a great way for me to add vegetation to...
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    Sudan Sulcatas (This never gets old...)

    My very first clutch of true 100% pure Sudan sulcatas is now hatching. I don't care how many times I see this, it just never gets old. I dig up the eggs carefully place them in my prepared shoe boxes, watch the temperature in the incubator and tend to them for months, and then... When that...
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    Got a Double

    Never had this happen before:
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    What I Fed My Tortoise Today...

    I thought it would be fun to have a thread where people can post what their tortoise(s) get fed each day. So many members ask for feeding advice and ideas that I thought we could link this thread as an example of what to feed. I've gotten new ideas and inspiration from so many other tortoise...
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    Potato Peels

    My wife and I just peeled 10 pounds of potatoes. It seems a shame to throw those away. Anyone have any reason I couldn't put these in a bucket, mix them up with a bunch of greens, dried leaves, and re-hydrated grass hay pellets and make a meal of them for my tortoises? Certainly not something...
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    Tortoises On Fake Grass?

    Anyone have experience with this? It seems like a bad idea to me. I'd be worried about the tortoise eating the fake grass. Maybe they'd recognize its not food and leave it alone? Wondering if any one has tried this and what the observations are?
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    Free Time Projects 3

    This time I got smart and borrowed the electric jack hammer shovel from a friend. :) My wife likes to buy those small potted living Christmas trees around the Hollidays. When the Hollidays are over we plant them in big pots. They do well here, but then they get too big for the pots. I looked up...
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    The Best Way To Raise Any Temperate Species Of Tortoise

    I chose the title of this care sheet very carefully. Are there other ways to raise babies and care for adults? Yes. Yes there are, but those ways are not as good. What follows is the BEST way, according to 30 years of research and experimentation with hundreds of babies of many species. What is...
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    Free Male Sulcata In Southern CA

    I guess its the time of year to give away your large tortoises... A family friend needs help finding a home for this one: Around 10 or 11 years old and 80-90 pounds. Very friendly and outgoing. No problems.
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    "Testudo Mix"

    For anyone that doesn't already know about it, @TylerStewart and his wife Sarah from https://www.tortoisesupply.com sell a bunch of different tortoise seed mixes. All of them are great. I've grown a bunch of them over several years, but I particularly like the "Testudo Mix". Here is this year's...
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    Free Time Projects 2

    In previous years I've planted four mulberry trees on the ranch and managed, so far, to successfully fight off hordes of gophers. I've decided that the world needs more fruitless mulberry trees, so I'm starting a bunch of new trees from cuttings I've taken after watching YT videos on how to do...
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    Free Time Projects

    I planted two palm trees today. I think they are California palms, but anyone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. Another member posted a thread asking about shade plants for enclosures, and @turtlesteve suggested a palm. I don't know why this never occurred to me, but what better plant to...
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    Free Sulcata

    This male sulcata needs a new home. Its in the Santa Clarita area. I'm posting for a friend, so I don't have all the details, but message me if you want him.
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    Galapagos Impersonation

    I was snapping pics of Tuck today and he decided to stand tall to reach for some mulberry leaves. Made for a nice picture:
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    Tree ID

    This tree was already old and established when we moved on to the ranch in 1997. Can anyone tell me what it is? It makes these little seed pods in fall, but now they are old and decomposing:
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    Plant ID Needed

    This one is growing like a vine on a friend's fence. The leaves look like they'd be delicious. Anyone recognize this plant?
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