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Kinixys Lobatsiana are quite rare in the United States too. Europe also. They're a very interesting species. Quite pretty and reddish orange. Come from north South Africa, Botswana area.

Wild,collected pair. Male on left female on right. Have eggs incubating from female. They can take 428-600 days to hatch. Numerous temperature fluctuations too. Hoping July first attempt is successful. Been 345 days so far.
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Male his name is mr.L
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Female is Mrs.L
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Kinixys Lobatsiana are quite rare in the United States too. Europe also. They're a very interesting species. Quite pretty and reddish orange. Come from north South Africa, Botswana area.

Wild,collected pair. Male on left female on right. Have eggs incubating from female. They can take 428-600 days to hatch. Numerous temperature fluctuations too. Hoping July first attempt is successful. Been 345 days so far.
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Male his name is mr.L
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Female is Mrs.L
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Wow very beautiful creature INDEED!!!!! Man I knew I should of bought it!!! Oh well. So I'm guessing what really makes them rare is the day's it takes for a egg to hatch?
 

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Hmmm. When and where did you see that zombensis for sale at?
It was actually last year, I was heading to Repticon and a guy had one there looking to sell it. He didn't have a booth or anything just walking around asking if anyone was looking to buy it. Only reason I wanted it was the dark orange patterns it had.
 

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I should be getting some of those lobatsiana soon...
The main problem with them is that due to tight export bans they haven't really been bred in captivity much.
In terms of the impressa, in addition to the two individuals that Kelly mentioned, Zoo Atlanta have a (very successful) breeding project with them-they've only had two losses I think out of an original group of 10. Also, that place high in the Swiss Alps has bred them supposedly, along with homophus etc.
But, it's almost impossible to find out anything about that project online.
 

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I should be getting some of those lobatsiana soon...
The main problem with them is that due to tight export bans they haven't really been bred in captivity much.
In terms of the impressa, in addition to the two individuals that Kelly mentioned, Zoo Atlanta have a (very successful) breeding project with them-they've only had two losses I think out of an original group of 10. Also, that place high in the Swiss Alps has bred them supposedly, along with homophus etc.
But, it's almost impossible to find out anything about that project online.
Now you guys got me searching up Hingebacks :) .
 

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It was actually last year, I was heading to Repticon and a guy had one there looking to sell it. He didn't have a booth or anything just walking around asking if anyone was looking to buy it. Only reason I wanted it was the dark orange patterns it had.
Yeah. That's a diamond in the rough right there. Sigh. well not slot of those nations will provide valid cites to the US. Lobatse mainly come out SA which is like the padlopers. They don't approve commercial export. Zombensis can get confiscated just like Belliana and Nogyuei in the US. So nobody sends them. Not to mention they're harder to find in the wild. They are only active early morning and late afternoon. Prefer much more humid and wetter conditions. Speks are easier to find so that's what is collected up.
 

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I should be getting some of those lobatsiana soon...
The main problem with them is that due to tight export bans they haven't really been bred in captivity much.
In terms of the impressa, in addition to the two individuals that Kelly mentioned, Zoo Atlanta have a (very successful) breeding project with them-they've only had two losses I think out of an original group of 10. Also, that place high in the Swiss Alps has bred them supposedly, along with homophus etc.
But, it's almost impossible to find out anything about that project online.
Yep those impressa are Dwight's. He was the curator at zoo Atlanta. He's now at Tulsa zoo. I believe he left a couple pairs of impressa at zoo Atlanta though. Along with depressa.
 

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Yeah. That's a diamond in the rough right there. Sigh. well not slot of those nations will provide valid cites to the US. Lobatse mainly come out SA which is like the padlopers. They don't approve commercial export. Zombensis can get confiscated just like Belliana and Nogyuei in the US. So nobody sends them. Not to mention they're harder to find in the wild. They are only active early morning and late afternoon. Prefer much more humid and wetter conditions. Speks are easier to find so that's what is collected up.
Man this makes me want to go back to the past and get it. So what other Tortoises you have in your amazing collection?
 

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Man this makes me want to go back to the past and get it. So what other Tortoises you have in your amazing collection?
Pffff yeah tell me about it. Time machine would be awesome. Lots of stuff. Pong really rare though. Pancakes, elongated, mountains, Yellowfoots, Redfoots, hermanns, Russians, leopards, sulcatas, mouhotii, Burmese stars, Sri Lankan stars, western bells, an eastern bells male(which is quite rare in the us actually) some turtles, lots of wood and some spinys. Boy I know there's more. Texas, California deserts(been getting slot of those relinquished. California corporations are moving to Dallas) Sonoran desert. Ummmm an Aldabra. Lol I don't remember them all to be honest. All the enclosures are quite overgrown jungleish and I up just let them do there thing and change water and feed them really
 

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Pffff yeah tell me about it. Time machine would be awesome. Lots of stuff. Pong really rare though. Pancakes, elongated, mountains, Yellowfoots, Redfoots, hermanns, Russians, leopards, sulcatas, mouhotii, Burmese stars, Sri Lankan stars, western bells, an eastern bells male(which is quite rare in the us actually) some turtles, lots of wood and some spinys. Boy I know there's more. Texas, California deserts(been getting slot of those relinquished. California corporations are moving to Dallas) Sonoran desert. Ummmm an Aldabra. Lol I don't remember them all to be honest. All the enclosures are quite overgrown jungleish and I up just let them do there thing and change water and feed them really
HOLY COW!!!! I always had a soft spot for the Texas Tortoise and the beautiful Burmese stars. You have any pictures of them and can you tell me about these cool guys? Ok for real how long did it take for you to get all these unique tortoises/turtles?
 

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Yep those impressa are Dwight's. He was the curator at zoo Atlanta. He's now at Tulsa zoo. I believe he left a couple pairs of impressa at zoo Atlanta though. Along with depressa.
Yeah I know he was at Atlanta, but they've got their own project now which they're producing from-they've had offspring 4 times I think since 2010, but still have a low hatch rate of about 30%.
 

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Yeah I know he was at Atlanta, but they've got their own project now which they're producing from-they've had offspring 4 times I think since 2010, but still have a low hatch rate of about 30%.
Wow hatch rate is very low.
 

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Yeah I know he was at Atlanta, but they've got their own project now which they're producing from-they've had offspring 4 times I think since 2010, but still have a low hatch rate of about 30%.
Yeah they take a while to grow up and breed. The founder animals are down to a 1.2 or 1.3 been a while since I've spoken with zoo Atlanta or Dwight.
 

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HOLY COW!!!! I always had a soft spot for the Texas Tortoise and the beautiful Burmese stars. You have any pictures of them and can you tell me about these cool guys? Ok for real how long did it take for you to get all these unique tortoises/turtles?
Female Burmese she's 3 years old.
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Male he was hatched in 2000 I got him in 2005(already pyramided) but still quite healthy Big male. Should hopefully get the female to size I a couple years and put with him. He breeds with water bowls, rocks, plants, anything. Lol he's ready. Studbook number 29.
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Female Burmese she's 3 years old.
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Male he was hatched in 2000 I got him in 2005(already pyramided) but still quite healthy Big male. Should hopefully get the female to size I a couple years and put with him. He breeds with water bowls, rocks, plants, anything. Lol he's ready. Studbook number 29.
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Haha he's just practicing for the real thing!! :D
 

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They can take 428-600 days to hatch. Numerous temperature fluctuations too. Hoping July first attempt is successful. Been 345 days so far.]

Whoa. I thought the longest incubation period belonged to chilensis. The duration is nearly equal to the gestation period of an elephant!
 
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