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  1. mikeh

    Impressa Project

    Its going pretty well Tammy, thanks. Biggest one, 1st photo is pushing on 7” slc. Oh, oh and I already got flashed, so definitely have at least two males. PS: Their penis is black.😂 Second photo, few of them are very aggressively, bold and go right for my hand when they are hungry. Wish I could...
  2. mikeh

    Impressa Project

    Hello and welcome....it’s been a while. Here is the update on the group of 5 hatchlings I obtained in fall of 2017 (group A) and another two groups Of 3 and 4 hatchlings I obtained in fall of 2018 (Group B and C). At the end of the post are few photos of some group A group B, C. Overall it’s...
  3. mikeh

    Big brown...

    At this stage half the 6x3 water proofed enclosure is used for climate management, half the habitat. The water reservoir with heat cables and small fan mostly control the climate set up with spider robotics temp and humidity controller.
  4. mikeh

    Big brown...

    PA here and here you go....this enclosure has impressa in it - same idea. It is fully enclosed with its own mini climate. Very high humidity and spraying, keep the shell saturated with moisture, with wet dry carapace cycles. They are shell rot resistant but no constant sagging wet floor...
  5. mikeh

    Impressa Project

    Hello everyone and welcome. Been a while, quick update on the young Impressa group of 5. I have had these guys over 9 months now and all appear to be doing well at this point. My guess is they are a year or just over a year old. Below are some recent photos. Biggest one is 4 1/2” smallest 3”...
  6. mikeh

    Impressa Project

    Thanks everyone. I got the hatchlings last fall from the same group offered as did everyone else at that time, I believe. My understanding is that the 5 got have changed hands couple of times. I was given extensive details on and expectations of the animals prior to purchase. Based on that I...
  7. mikeh

    Impressa Project

    I was lucky to acquired 5 hatchlings in mid October of 2017. All 5 are doing very well at this point, it wasn't easy, but there has been progress on my and their end, things are getting much easier. Given how uncommon these guys are, thought I would quickly share just couple of photos for...
  8. mikeh

    Maybe a go plan for this species, at least in the USA.

    The two good eaters here will eat oyster mushroom head the size of their shell in one sit....um where does it go? And I don't think they would mind eating just that day in and day out. And here is the odd number, biggest wimp of the group but prefers to be hand fed. I couldn't help myself to...
  9. mikeh

    Couple of turtles nesting

    It is man made pond in residential area of Flemington NJ. The pond has been here about 15-20 years, it connects downstream of a natural pond. Most of the life has made it down over the years. There is few species of turtles in it and number of species of fish and snakes including striped bass...
  10. mikeh

    Couple of turtles nesting

    Here to share couple of turtles nesting. First one is a big red ear slider covering up her nest at 9:00 am about 250 yards quite far away from the pond and in the middle of a huge public lawn. It hasn't rained in weeks, how she had enough urine to wet and soften the dry hard soil is amazing. She...
  11. mikeh

    CB juvenile Manouria Emys Emys

    Reduced price for TFO members only. $275 plus shipping. Probably lowest price anywhere for animal this size. Hatchlings sell for $200. Last chance before posting on Fauna at higher price.
  12. mikeh

    Light aggrvation

    36 watt tube will definitely work on 32watt fixture.
  13. mikeh

    Light aggrvation

    Any T5HO tube (including Arcadia) will power on any T5HO fixture. T5HO tube is NOT to be powered on T5 fixture. Any T8 tube will power on any standard T8 fixture. So called T8HO tube will also power on any standard T8 fixture. Slight wattage discrepancy as mentioned by the OP is of no...
  14. mikeh

    CB juvenile Manouria Emys Emys

    Nice opportunity for someone wanting to experience this species. Healthy, heavy, alert, ravenous, unsexed. Hatched late 2012, now well over 7", raised from hatchling in a very wet/damp/humid and warm environment. Exceptionally flat (glass like) carapace scutes, nice large leg scales (no pine...
  15. mikeh

    agricultural lime vs. food grade calcium carbonate

    The Zoomed calcium block is made of CaSO4 (Calcium Sulfate). My tortoises are quite obsessed with it consuming rather large quantities. Should it be avoided? (The block also changes color under certain moist conditions to greenish blue, would this be due to Cobalt Chloride??)
  16. mikeh

    When does it end.. (shell rot)

    Give medium/large coco husk chunks/chips a try(not coco coir). They are soft, smell great, retain water/moisture yet allow plenty of ventilation around plastron for it to stay relatively dry. Soak in water for 10 mins then place in enclosure. Get rid of everything else including moss.
  17. mikeh

    Is this a good option?

    While I fully do agree with your response it does not address my inquiry. Ill try again, perhaps I was vague. In other posts you state the CFLs with bad phosphorus coating are the culprit of possible eye/health issues. Which ones? What manufacturer(s), models, wattage, date of manufacture is to...
  18. mikeh

    Strange growth

    In could just be genetic. My juvenile leopard is exhibiting somewhat similar crooked/tilted vertebrae scute in a same exact spot as the mother.
  19. mikeh

    Aggression between Emys Emys?

    How does a juvenile male recognize he is facing another juvenile male? As they are not mature we can't tell visually. How do they know?
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