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Sanibel Florida in February

Discussion in 'Regional Topics & Requests' started by jsheffield, Dec 8, 2018.

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  1. jsheffield

    jsheffield Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    My parents go down to Florida every winter to hide from the northern cold for a few weeks, and I think this year I may be heading down to join them for a few days in mid-February.

    Are there any great tortoise people or places in that area (I'll have a rental car) that I shouldn't miss ... I'd love to see some big sulcatas or aldabras strutting their stuff in the sun.

    Thanks,

    Jamie
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    I know there's a breeder named Sam Pascucci who runs Florida Iguana. He's got a huge compound of Aldabra and Galapagos tortoises, along with some other species. He offers tours of his place (you need to contact to schedule in advance). I've never been there yet since I'm in Arizona, but if I ever make my way over to Florida it is definitely on my list of places to check out!

    https://www.floridaiguana.com
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    Thanks, that sounds great!
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    Are you flying down, or will you be driving into Florida?

    If you're driving, via I-75 south from Georgia, your route will take you through Gainesville. That's where the University of Florida veterinary school is located.
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    I'm flying down
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    Far from me unfortunately.
    I'd like to meet you.
    But it's far enough south to maybe see some exotic wildlife?
    Its beautiful there.
    Full of "snow birds" this time of year.....
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    There was an article not long ago about a huge Gopher Tortoise in Sanibel at a vet or rescue ... I might see if I can check it out.

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    Sandy scrub areas near the ocean or water in general are a great place to see them.
    The most I've ever seen were in Cape Canaveral Florida by NASA.
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    Check with the local (regional) herp society for that area. They may be able to give you suggestions (and possibly help with an introduction or two).
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    Flights and rental car booked!

    My son and I will be flying down on 2/24 and back north on 3/3, it was nice to make plans for an escape from winter on a day when we're digging out from more than a foot of new snow!

    Jamie
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    @Olddog was kind enough to invite my son Ben and I out to visit his place yesterday, and we were impressed and amazed ... we're also tremendously grateful for the chance to see so many gorgeous torts!

    Here are a couple pictures from the visit:

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    And a few more ...

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    Wow! That visit alone was worth the trip!
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    Really and truly ... it was mind-blowing!

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    A few more pics received this morning from @Olddog :

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    Inserting a micro-chip

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    Ben with a couple good-sized torts

    Again, it was a fantastic experience, that absolutely made our trip!

    Jamie
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