Before moving to Texas I lived in California and had a Desert Tortoise (registered and received legally!). A family member is now caring for her. Since moving I've cared for red-eared sliders, a Mississippi mud turtle and a box turtle that others were unable to care for. I'm a middle school teacher and used them for educational purposes as well. I'm now in the process of setting up an outdoor tortoise habitat in hopes of adopting Russians, Greeks, or Hermanns. I'm looking forward to lots of good info from this community.