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  1. cdmay

    Platysternon.....

    Like some of the others I had one of these 35+ years ago and they arrived in the US in terrible shape. Shell rot, stumped tails and the like. Mine did pretty well and ate like a champ. I cleared up the shell rot and the tail healed cleanly, but I was clearly keeping it too warm. Eventually I...
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    Please ID this turtle

    Old male Reeves turtle
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    Need help sexing juvenile Mud turtles

    As a caveat, I will stress that Buddy LOOKS like a young male. But it ain’t a guarantee
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    Need help sexing juvenile Mud turtles

    Nice red-cheeks. Ignis is a female . Buddy looks to be a young male. Females tend to have plain orange or yellow plastrons....while male typically have dark markings on theirs. Buddy's tail should grow much bigger this year. Happens fast, you'll see
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    albogulare vs cruentatum?

    Great photo! I like the intricate pattern that many cruentatum have on their heads, makes you want to have a bunch of them.
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    albogulare vs cruentatum?

    Both cruentatum and albigulare are nice animals. But cruentatum is a good bit smaller, has more color (usually) and is more readily available for U.S. hobbyists. Still, captive hatched and raised albigulare, that is known as the white-throated mud turtle btw, can be gorgeous turtles. They are...
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    albogulare vs cruentatum?

    Yep, my thoughts as well.
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    albogulare vs cruentatum?

    That second animal is cruentatum all the way.
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    albogulare vs cruentatum?

    Nice animal. Hard to say from her face. Here is a cool resource....go to inaturalist.org Once you access that site, enter Kinosternon scorpioides cruentatum in the species box and click VIEW. You will then find a bunch of photos of wild specimens, click on VIEW OBSERVATION and the exact GPS...
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    albogulare vs cruentatum?

    The size and upturned plastron seam say albogulare. Think of a smile shaped seam. Albogulare tend to have higher domed shells and slightly more pronounced dorsal keels as well. Their faces do have some red or orange colors but not like the cruentatum that are currently in the United States...
  11. cdmay

    How old is this turtle?

    Old trooper for sure. But not an old fossil. His shell is worn, but I cannot see any active shell rot. Time and wear, nothing else. Treat for shell rot prophylacticly by dry docking and applying fungal cream for jock itch...a couple days at a time, then clean off residual cream afterwards...
  12. cdmay

    Help yellow or red tortoise or hyp

    Northern type red-footed tortoise. Anomalies to the dorsal scutes. Otherwise, just fine.
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    Getting back into Redfoot keeping

    I’m working three days a week (actually more) at the same job I’ve been at for 29 years. Doing way less of the physical work, of course. But I still have full insurance which is like gold these days. Recuperating from total shoulder replacement as I write this...one handed. Good grief, trying...
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    Getting back into Redfoot keeping

    Ha! I’m semi-retired—you old geezer I recommend super tight hygienic quarantine measures and to move very slowly on acquisitions. Be careful not to pollute the group you already have time invested in.
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    feeding chicken

    Ditto. Boil the shrimp or chicken in plain water. The offering of these food items is a fine idea if in moderation.
  16. cdmay

    Muddy Saturday

    Yeah, Allegra has some really exceptional Brazilians. She and Mr. Lue have good taste and good eyes when it comes to selecting breeders.
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    Some great news

    Absolutely fantastic news
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    Muddy Saturday

    Wow, just WOW!
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    Three-Striped Mud Turtles: BOLD & PINSTRIPE

    Beautiful!
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    Some cherries on a beautiful Sunday morning

    Super nice collection. About as nice as one will ever see
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