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  1. Markw84

    SLO Reptile show today and tomorrow

    If you are in the area come see Will @Kapidolo Farms and me at the reptile show today and tomorrow
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    Our vacation and the Galapagos Tortoise Alliance

    Brenda and I just got back last night from a busy vacation. Able to visit my daughter and family in Alabama, but also took time to allow us to do some work with the Galapagos project while in the SE US. We were able to visit with some amazing Galapagos tortoises. Got lessons on drawing blood for...
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    Morning coffee...

    The turtles enjoying some morning sun... Tortoises out grazing... A morning cup of coffee... Life is good! Happy 4th of JULY!
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    They certainly love the mud!

    Well, I had just finished soaking and applying a bit of coconut oil. I thought Billie looked nice - along with the others in the yard. He obviously had different ideas of the perfect look. The pot in front of him had a nice cactus yesterday that he decided to knock over and eat! They love...
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    How I prepare the tortoise food for the day

    Thought I'd take a few pictures and document how I prepare food for the various tortoise I feed daily. Since I am currently feeding over 50 tortoises, I thought it might be of interest how I choose to do it by providing a detail of a day's food... This is one of the day's I mix everything...
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    Burmese Star Hatching

    I love this time of year as the winter clutches of Burmese Stars have finished their diapause and incubation and are all hatching. 4 different bloodlines. These are the newest batch in just the past 3 days... And here they are back in their brooder box to get that perfect start... And...
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    Why do so many folks make enclosures so barren???

    I really don't understand why most all the pictures I see of tortoise enclosures (including zoos) have the enclosure so barren. No plants. A tortoise in the wild would never choose to live in any area without plenty of plant cover. Yet, barren enclosures are the rule. And then folks wonder...
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    Happy WORLD TURTLE DAY!!

    Wanted to wish all a happy World Turtle Day. A picture of the view having coffee on my patio this morning... And, walking to the upper patio, here's an old Mississippi Map Turtle celebrating with a new clutch of eggs she's just finishing burying, Of course, World Turtle Day does not go by...
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    Pictures and thoughts on growing smooth tortoises today

    Another post and question on the forum this morning got me going on pyramiding again. And then at bath time today as I soaked some tortoises in the sun, I began thinking about how much we have learned about "natural" growth of tortoises and how to achieve it. In fact it was on this forum back...
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    Happy Holidays

    Although 2020 was a year to forget, one of the things I am greatful for and was extremely fantastic and memorable was the beginnings of a Galapagos Project. So here's a wish of a Happy Holiday season and much better 2020 for us all! This is one of the pure West Santa Cruz Island Giant...
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    Temperature Sex Determination VIDEO- how this may relate to the Burmese Star TSD issues

    Today I was forwarded this video on a study of a discovered effect of epigentic influence and TSD in Red Eared Sliders. I found it very interesting and of great value. Here is the link to that short, 4 minute video: https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-97524/v1 Here is my response after...
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    How to build a tortoise pool

    I have been completely redoing my whole outdoor area where I kept my sulcatas, I have added lots and lots of plants since there is the ability to grow now without getting bulldozed over. Also some planters for sight barriers and more plants to cascade down into the area. One of the big...
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    T5 UVI comparison Arcadia vs Sun Blaze fixture

    People often ask how high they should mount their UV bulbs. The problem is there are so many variables it is only solved by the use of a Solarmeter 6.5. They are somewhat pricey so many go without, However, advice then given may or may not be accurate at all. One variable is the type of fixture...
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    Baby Burmese Stars are hatching

    My first clutch of the 2020 hatch season for my Burmese Stars has hatched! This never gets old. I love seeing baby tortoises hatching. Spending the last year doting over the babies from the 2019 season, it is amazing how tiny these guys are compared to 2019 hold-backs I have. The 2019 group...
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    Egg sizes for a few tortoises...

    I hatched my first tortoise in 1982. It was a clutch of 3 G berlandieri. That was almost 38 years ago, but the delight of watching tortoises hatch is still the same today. Right now in my incubator I have some Sulcata eggs hatching as well as my first clutch of the season of Burmese Stars are...
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    Bath Time Thoughts...

    I thought I would post a picture of bath time today for my baby tortoises I currently still have. We all talk about the importance of hydration, and the bath is a great way to help ensure daily exposure to a soaking to help moisturize the skin and shell. Another very important aspect to me of...
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    why can't i upload pictures the past few days?

    I've seen other posts referencing trouble uploading pictures. I also cannot upload any. I have tried to respond to a few posts and wanted pictures to illustrate some experiments and results, but nothing is working. I try to upload as I always have, and when the progress bar is just about...
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    What You Need To Know About Baby Tortoises

    We encounter this sooooo much that I will give the long version for those who wish to take the time to read... I firmly believe that most problems we have with baby tortoises are simply because we fail to provide the proper conditions for a baby tortoise to complete its development and become a...
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    Will and I at the Sacramento show today

    We are showing at the Cal Expo reptile Show today Come on out if you are in the Area and see us. Love to meet more TFO folks from N Cal
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    Mazuri or NutraZu?

    Mazuri is not available in the UK as "Mazuri" because that name is only for the U.S. You can buy the exact same product in the UK, sold as NutraZu Tortoise Diet: That is a repackaged portion. It does look like the right stuff but it doesn't have the NutraZu product number on it. But I...
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