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  1. 2turtletom

    Bells hingeback tortoises - positive for tortoise intranuclear coccidia

    Yes- When I got the "Chelonian Continuation Coalition" animals they did show some weird symptoms of red noses and red eyes for about two weeks. But they didn't balk at that, and they proceeded to settle in and just kill it, in a good way. They slammed food, bred like crazy, and have produced...
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    Bells hingeback tortoises - positive for tortoise intranuclear coccidia

    We've been having some really good conversations about the TINC in Bell's with "your friend" :) - I really just want to have about 10 grand to test a bunch of Kinixys for TINC. I really do wonder if TINC is endemic in Kinixys.
  3. 2turtletom

    Bells hingeback tortoises - positive for tortoise intranuclear coccidia

    Steve, I'm not so sure it's a good idea to spread the word that all Kinixys belliana have TINC - if it was, those of us that work with Kinixys would be spreading the word. What is a good idea to emphasize that proper quarantine should be followed for imports, and ALL animals that come into...
  4. 2turtletom

    Found a tortoise in Abu Dhabi, not sure if its wild or abandoned?

    It appears to be Testudo graeca - Abu Dhabi is too far south for this animal to be wild. They are on the other side of the Persian Gulf in Iran. Take a look at the range map here: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=40023
  5. 2turtletom

    First Hingeback!

    Hingebacks HATE change. I think that's why I like them so much! Hope all is well Bill!
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    First Hingeback!

    Welcome to the wonderful world of hingebacks! Are they not awesome?
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    Box turtles in Ohio

    Lisa, I sent you a private message, I’m in NE Ohio- I have. Lone male three-toed box turtle.
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    Box turtles in Ohio

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    First Hingeback!

    That scene would have been great for TikTok Bill!
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    First Hingeback!

    All of these things are good signs - in a few months, when the animals have been with the importers and shops, that's when we'll see the animals really suffering. Sad, but true. I sent you a note about temps, but compare these animals to a frog that might be living in the rainforest - frogs...
  11. 2turtletom

    First Hingeback!

    Hi Methos, thanks for watching my videos; I hope they are helpful. Here’s an article I wrote about s species: https://hingeback.blogspot.com/2019/10/help-my-homes-hingeback-tortoise-is.html As far as sex goes, we are finding it very difficult to sex animals that are less than 7 inches long...
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    Hingeback Tortoise YouTube Central

    Great- good to know they are helpful!
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    Hingeback

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    Spekes hinge back tips?

    I agree- it's generous, and I specifically gave that percentage to give some hope to the owner that if she does work with them, puts in the time, there is hope. In our Facebook group, are people that are keeping them alive. Most of these are single tortoise owners who have the time and money...
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    Spekes hinge back tips?

    And from what we understand, the importers have even duped the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Several were confiscated in the Northeast from what I understand, but in Florida, the USFWS has been duped into believing they are truly Speke's (the younger ones) or truly Zombensis (the older ones)...
  16. 2turtletom

    Spekes hinge back tips?

    Pumpkin as an actual de-wormer is a wives' tale. Get hooked up with a great tortoise vet. Everyone believes they are Speke's that haven't studied hingebacks- because the lie is perpetuated down the chain. If "the guy" you got it from has had it a while, and it's been in his hands and he's...
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    Spekes hinge back tips?

    There are a handful of people, and if you're committed to doing the things in that article that I sent, you'll have a chance. But the mortality rate has been extremely high- those of us that have been following these things estimate that about 90% of them have died.
  18. 2turtletom

    Spekes hinge back tips?

    Yes- What @TeamZissou said. I see that Bill didn't chime in- But I'll chime in and recommend this article. Your animal is a wild caught import, and they need A TON of tender loving care- here's one of my favorite articles on how to do it: http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/kinixys.html
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    Spekes hinge back tips?

    Hi Kristen, welcome to the group. What you have purchased is a Bell's hingeback, Kinixys belliana. They're being labled as Speke's hingebacks to get around an import ban on this species. Unfortunately, the importers of these animals care more about selling tortoises than letting their...
  20. 2turtletom

    Hibernation, lighting, and food

    Hi @mikeandlisa1995 I'm a bit late to this party, but as @William Lee Kohler said, it looks like a Kinixys nogueyi. I keep and breed this species in Ohio- currently I have 16 individuals of all sizes. Yes, in the winter, with our homes getting drier, this can trigger a tortoise to become much...
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