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Older woman living in the armpit of the USA. I'm not good with people, so I may not translate well in text or may not get back to PMs right away, please don't be offended.
I have raised many species of turtles/tortoises, but have a personal pet Marginated name Sven(ya). She is very affable to everyone and loves going to work with me, probably because she really likes eating the dog poo in the boarding yard.
I grew up in an area where turtles are an important part of culture.
I believe in the conservation of wild species, and basing pet care on science backed by nature. I do think that tortoises are more intelligent than previously thought, and they can actually enjoy comfort and (gasp) the company of mammals. Or they are, at least, very curious about us.