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  1. Big Charlie

    Kane Heat Mat for Sulcata

    Charlie's Kane heat mat has stopped working. I bought it at the end of 2016. Is it expected for them to stop working after so much time? I'm ready to buy another but before I do I have a question. Charlie is 22 years old and well over 100 pounds. I haven't measured him lately. My current mat is...
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    Charlie Turns 20

    Today is Charlie's Hatchday (possibly)! He was hatched between July 18, 1999 and August 31, 1999. I recently found the original paperwork I got when I purchased him in a pet store in Paso Robles, California. It is labelled Tortoise Country. Here are some pictures from when he was tiny.
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    Giant Weeds!

    Every year weeds grow like crazy in this yard. Some are over 6 feet tall. Charlie isn't allowed in here anymore as every time he gets in, he starts to dig. This huge pile was gone in less than 10 minutes.
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    Charlie went out in the rain today. I came outside too late and found these footprints he left on his way back home.
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    Identifying the OP

    Is there a way with the forum software to identify the original poster's or thread starter's posts within a thread they started? When responding to a thread, it would be helpful to know who is the OP without having to go back to the first post to see. I'm on another forum that I think uses the...
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    Growth on lip

    I just noticed Charlie has this growth that looks like a wart on his lip. What is it and should I be worried? It doesn't seem to be stopping him from eating.
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    I Think Charlie is Chewing on Plywood!

    This year, we added more insulation to Charlie's night box and covered it with plywood. I noticed when I cleaned out his box, there were some fresh wood shavings in the front of his heat mat. I thought it was just left over from construction and swept them out, but there are new shavings there...
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    Question about Car Wash Door Flaps

    Will this work? Is 8 inch wide too wide? Are the ribs a problem? How much should they overlap? Do I make them touch the...
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    Man gives Tortoise mouth to mouth resuscitation
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    Flowering tree California

    This tree is growing over the fence from my neighbor's yard. I can't see the trunk from my yard.
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    My neighbor has this growing over the fence

    I saw Charlie taking a bite out of a fallen leaf. It is green in the summer.
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    Good Things to Plant in California

    We had a yard cleanup and the gardeners got a little too aggressive. Now we have lots of empty places to plant. I already have a hibiscus tree, rose bushes and plenty of grass. I'd like to add a grape plant and a mulberry tree. Before I get them, I'd like suggestions on the exact types that...
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    Tiny Animals Present: How to Roommate

    I thought this was adorable. Forgive me if it has been posted before. This is the first time I've seen it.
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    What do you think about this temperature controller? I was thinking about using it in Charlie's night box so I have the option for it to turn off during the day when he isn't in there.
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    Charlie's New "Home"

    Charlie has had the run of our backyard for years now. He has built at least 3 burrows that I can remember. The first one collapsed and the second went under the fence into our neighbor's yard and we had to fill it in. The last one lasted him several years and extended under our patio and house...
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    New member from California

    Charlie is a 16 year old sulcata. I've had him since he was a baby.