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Tortoise in Yard

Discussion in 'Water turtles' started by mal652, Jul 24, 2019.

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  1. mal652

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    While walking up my driveway I ended up finding a tortoise in my yard and I was wondering if someone could identify what species it is so I know if its likely to be a local tortoise or someones lost pet. I live in Southern California, Thank You.
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Your pictures didn't work for me. Try again to add them?
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    Hopefully I got it this time

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    That's not a tortoise. Its a turtle.

    Looks like its probably a red eared slider, but I can't be sure from your pics. They need to be in water, but they also need an area to climb out of the water and bask.
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    Okay thank you, is there a certain way I should try and take a picture of him so you can have a more clear look. I put him in a shallow dish of water after I found him, but he did not seem to be a huge fan of it.
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    He also is very shy, anytime I get remotely close to him he goes about three-quarters of the way in his shell. But from what I have seen, there is no red on his neck area if that helps at all.
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    Never-mind, I just put some water on him and he perked right up. It is dark out now so it is a little hard to see, but I believe he does have a red stripe on his neck.
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    That is a slider " Trachemys Scripta". It's a water turtle. Probably left a nearby waterway to lay eggs. They aren't native to your area and shouldn't be released. @Yvonne G any advice for the OP on what to do with it?
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    Turn it in to a turtle club or animal control.
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    Sounds good, thanks for the advice!
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