ALDABRA TORTOISE BREEDER

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~ Many of you that follow with the development of our new location for our giant tortoise program are aware of the constant challenges and struggles we are going through. I am posting this for awareness and emphasizing the importance of being proactive during all construction phases of any habitats or structures used for tortoises. Yesterday the carpenters were putting up the soffit on my new barn, while doing so they dropped numerous nails and cut white aluminum pieces on the ground. These white nails and cut aluminum pieces are extremely sharp, jagged and are not responding to the magnet rollers i am using. I had to literally pick up every little piece by hand. These are potentially dangerous and life threatening if consumed. I am continuously bringing awareness to my GC and sub-contractors, however there seems to constantly be non compliance with policing these materials. I literally spent hours trying to pick all this up hoping that it never becomes any issues. If tortoise digest these materials it could easily cause impaction or internal perforation. View attachment 322666 View attachment 322667 View attachment 322668
So frustrating! I wonder if sweeping the whole yard with a metal detector after construction and before moving day night be a good idea
 

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So frustrating! I wonder if sweeping the whole yard with a metal detector after construction and before moving day night be a good idea
~ I have done that several times, hours at a time. The main field of concern is over one acre. I am constantly checking and sweeping the field, especially where all the actual building was being conducted. It has been a constant battle with my GC and them holding the subs accountable, it is very concerning and upsets us greatly at ALDABRAMAN. 168853966_1374221212939328_8693679864891216506_n.jpg CARPENTER.jpg 168925353_1374214376273345_4483301843408072058_n.jpg 169399463_1373932402968209_5257428442003720741_n.jpg 168642986_1373217849706331_6885926899759950455_n.jpg
 

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So frustrating! I wonder if sweeping the whole yard with a metal detector after construction and before moving day night be a good idea
~ I actually have purchased two, one that is hand held and one that rolls. The problem i am experiencing is that the magnet seems weak and only picks up if the nails are very close to the top of the dirt. I have better luck after a good rain, the embedded metal debris seems to be dislodged and gets picked up easier. I will continue with my efforts until it is moving day and there after. It is not all the little nails, it is unbelievably large pieces of rebars, metal ties, etc. @ West Camp (future location of ALDABRAMAN). 142559386_1325705344457582_3103850227695947201_o.jpg 131300882_1301614663533317_3947022411004023404_o.jpg 133556949_1305784349783015_4966022664396862671_o.jpg 135133409_1311320279229422_6410982354084136259_o.jpg
 

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~ I actually have purchased two, one that is hand held and one that rolls. The problem i am experiencing is that the magnet seems weak and only picks up if the nails are very close to the top of the dirt. I have better luck after a good rain, the embedded metal debris seems to be dislodged and gets picked up easier. I will continue with my efforts until it is moving day and there after. It is not all the little nails, it is unbelievably large pieces of rebars, metal ties, etc. @ West Camp (future location of ALDABRAMAN). View attachment 322819 View attachment 322820 View attachment 322821 View attachment 322822
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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It almost appears they are dropping junk on purpose - hard to believe that much just slips thru their hands...I feel for you.
~ I suspect it is due to multiple reasons, simply disgusting and potentially dangerous or life threatening to our tortoises. 140048347_1322713724756744_6532417964478216790_o.jpg 140139326_1322713681423415_4107432481738486807_o.jpg
 

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So frustrating! I wonder if sweeping the whole yard with a metal detector after construction and before moving day night be a good idea
~ Today i did my normal three hours of sweeping with the roller and picking up all the aluminum small cut pieces from the carpenters, this is today's results. It is horrible, some days are less, the carpenters have been busy lately. IMG_5635.jpg IMG_5632.jpg IMG_5637.JPG IMG_5630.jpg IMG_5633.jpg IMG_5634.jpg
 
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