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    Pond filtration

    My "pond" is only 650 gallons, but the pump runs 24/7. The current pump is around 10 years old. You need lots of plants in the water to absorb the nutrients that feed the green algae. Your pond appears to have areas that allow dirt to wash in from rain, making it much more difficult to get clear...
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    Garden chat & photos for torts and people ♫ ♫

    Ahhh, dogwoods. I slow-cooked one here in Texas many years ago...
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    How to tell: What is "normal" weight for a 1 year old Eastern Box turtle?

    The first few weeks after hibernation I would expect "lighter than normal" weights, obviously. They will usually drink deeply the first chance they get; the females seem more likely to eat than the males. The boys seem totally fixated on finding a sweetheart, and initially will generally expend...
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    How to tell: What is "normal" weight for a 1 year old Eastern Box turtle?

    I've had box turtles for a long, long time and I usually judge their weight just by holding them. A box turtle should feel "heavy." (Actually, going only by feel, I suspect ALL turtles and tortoises should feel heavy.) But, using only weight from a chart and disregarding size (length, width...
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    This is romance?

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    This is romance?

    More of the same - flashing like a lecherous old man.
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    BEST APRIL FOOLS prank played on me....by a tortoise.

    Many years ago my sweet mother-in-law was changing a diaper on a year-old nephew and thought it would be a great time to teach my future wife and me how to properly do it. We were mere teenagers at the time. This was also back in the days of cloth diapers. As she worked to position the diaper in...
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    This is romance?

    Long-term captives (decades) and 2nd and 3rd generations.
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    This is romance?

    Ahhh, but the lowly box turtle male is aggressive - even bullying - in his quest for love. After a period of time, while the female remains unresponsive to his foreplay, he will finally wander off in search of more receptive females. Here is another photo of the exact same female just a few...
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    Garden chat & photos for torts and people ♫ ♫

    OK, I'll bite: I wanna see video of that transplanting operation. It looks difficult, dangerous, and likely to provoke more than a little laughter. If I were to attempt that scale of transplanting here, my wife would cook up a mess of popcorn, pull up a chair, and probably contacts the news media...
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    This is romance?

    Hard to believe what guys think a gal will respond to...
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    captive box turtles in the great outdoors

    With an expression of: "What was all the fuss about? I've done this before..." (Nice specimen, by the way)
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    ALDABRA TORTOISE BREEDER

    It almost appears they are dropping junk on purpose - hard to believe that much just slips thru their hands...I feel for you.
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    THIS is why I put stepping stones inside the pen...

    As I get older, my vision dims a bit, my balance goes wonky, and I have to take precautions so I don't inadvertently step on somebody...this was today, and I almost didn't see him...
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    Calcium water soak idea

    Strange doesn't even begin to explain it - something in your olfactory loop is maladjusted.
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    Calcium water soak idea

    Fascinating thread. I've often proposed the similar benefits to society of gathering a beautiful bag full of fresh broccoli, carefully steaming the produce until it emits the noxious odor it is so famous for, and then quickly tossing the pot-full of disgusting greenery over the back fence into...
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    captive box turtles in the great outdoors

    Honestly, I've picked-up and examined box turtles I've inadvertently exposed during the winter. They respond to being handled: open eyes, move legs a bit, etc., and then I return them to their chosen spot and recover them. I seriously doubt it harms them, and if you are past freezing weather I...
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    captive box turtles in the great outdoors

    I think they dig "down" as little as is required for survival. We tend to think as warm-blooded creatures - we want to be comfortable. I think these inscrutable box turtles only care about survival. If their internal temps stay a half-degree above freezing, why should they bother to dig down any...
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    Tortoise in Scotland?

    It's hard to wrap my head around places so cool in mid-summer. Heck, we're already in the 80s F in my neck of the woods...I supposedly sprout from Scots-Irish stock, but I quite prefer the warmer temps over here in Texas.
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    Tortoise in Scotland?

    MAN! I had to consult Dr. Google to see where you are located. 66 F (high) and 53 F (low) are the highest average temps in summer. I guess it all boils down to your personal definition of "practical." It would have to be a serious indoor endeavor, but not impossible. Outdoor time would be fairly...
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