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melas

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Back in August I found 7 hatchling red-footed tortoises unexpectedly in my indoor tortoise pen. The adults must have laid the eggs around February/March in their nesting box. I had been spraying the nest box with water in the off chance that there were eggs buried. That was the only care they received. I just walked in the tortoise pen tonight and saw an extra tortoise . . . upon searching the nest box I found 5 more! I found the 7th the next evening wondering around the large enclosure. Woohoo!

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Found some more eggs tonight . . . made me think to post this! :)
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Thats one (actually 7) heck of a surpise. congrats !
 

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Wow, Melas:

You just joined and jumped in with both feet. Pancakes AND redfoots? Plus BABIES!!! How lucky was that?

What else do you have in your bag of tricks?
 

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Haha! I've been keeping torts for a long time - just new to the forum itself. :)

I'm currently keeping 1.4.7 redfoots, 1.0 sulcata (pic below), 1.1 pancakes, 1.1 indian stars, 1.0 leopard (babcockii), and a lot of snakes, turtles, poison dart frogs, monitors, crocodillians etc . . .

The proud parents
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A few random pics . . .
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those while unexpected are always pleasant surprises, gratz.
 

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Your sulcata is so smooth. Did you raise it from a baby?

And...OH MY LORD!!!! I LOVE that snapper.
 

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That is a nice surprise!
Congrats on the new babies!
I love Snappers, do you have more pics please? :D
 

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Ah! Septuplets! How sweet and tiny they are, and they all look so healthy and perfectly formed.

Congratulations. :D
 

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So they can survive without us huh? :p I'm glad to see that they are healthy and happy eating together like that. Wow you do have a lot of critters there don't you? :D
 

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Yep lots of critters here . . . :D

Here's a pic of the business end of that snapper (he's a florida snapper)
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Had him outside for the summer - had some trouble with algae - his indoor tank is crystal clear . . . :shy:
 

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i think algae and snappers go together.. :)
awsome pics.. love nature taking its course.. natural babies.. glad you found them first!
 

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Marty333 said:
Where are you located? Is the snapper aggressive?

Pennsylvania. And ummm . . . yeah . . . VERY aggressive. :D I actually like that - keeps me honest. I KNOW if I put my hand in the wrong place I'll lose it! ;)
 

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Neat stuff. The woma is a beauty but like everyone else, the big snapper is what is the most interesting.
Did you raise it from a little one?
 

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No - it was pretty much that size when I got it. 18" scl

I figure he's probably over 30 years old or so. I had a lot of experience working with local snappers but never anything this size. It was a real trial by fire when I went to get him out of the box he was shipped in! I do presentations for schools, camps, churches, cub scouts, etc so the big stuff is what I'm attracted to for display. I love watching a group of 100 people jump simultaneously when he snaps! Haha!
 

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It looks like you have a real population problem on your hands. Here is what you do -

Get a box, punch some holes in it, put the baby tortoises in the box, and mail it to Kristina Duda, 555 North Street, Cadillac, MI....

:D :D :D :D

Beautiful. I love the snapper as well, I like BIG turtles and tortoises, and I am impressed by your Sully. I do presentations at the elementary schools myself and I love the reactions from the kids, it is a blast.
 

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kyryah said:
It looks like you have a real population problem on your hands. Here is what you do -

Get a box, punch some holes in it, put the baby tortoises in the box, and mail it to Kristina Duda, 555 North Street, Cadillac, MI....

:D :D :D :D

Beautiful. I love the snapper as well, I like BIG turtles and tortoises, and I am impressed by your Sully. I do presentations at the elementary schools myself and I love the reactions from the kids, it is a blast.

hahaha! I actually have a friend coming over this weekend to pick a few of them up . . . It's always tough letting them go . . . **sniff**
 
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