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    Why is my tortoise climbing her cage walls?

    It might possibly have been written before your time, but there was a song from 1919 (written at the close of World War I) which I think your tortoise is singing in his little scaled head. It was called: "How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree)
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    Deadly water dish

    Tortoises, as well as most box turtles, are rather deliberate in their movements. It doesn't mean they can't or won't make a careless maneuver, but they exhibit a bit more restraint in traversing the terrain. On the other hand, water turtles are the Evel Knievels of the chelonians, launching...
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    Finally posting pics of enclosure.

    I've always admired enclosures large enough to actually climb inside to do routine maintenance. However, that door scares me to death. If my wife ever spotted me inside, she would lock that deadbolt in a flash...
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    Knobby or Mary Knobbins?

    He looks a bit like a criminal defense lawyer I knew once...
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    What up with my cactus?

    Man, this is a fascinating little bug. People purposely infect their cactus pads to grow these critters. Who knew?
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    Tortoise woke from hibernation then died

    There is something remarkable about box turtles and cold temperatures. I've found them when raking leaves in their outdoor enclosure with at least a third of the carapace exposed to freezing temps. On the other hand, I've found them still mostly buried even when the temps are approaching 70. I...
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    New (what kind of turtle is this?)

    Looks like a yellow mud turtle, which would be a common turtle in the Fort Worth area, and is indeed a water turtle. But as my wife frequently reminds me, I could be wrong...
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    Red vs Yellow Footed Tortoise

    I just relinquished ownership of a yellowfoot after 2 years. I've had several before, but this tort was the most shy of any I've had. It just plain wanted to hide 24/7, whether inside or outside. On evenings when the temps would fall and I needed to bring it inside, it might take 10 minutes to...
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    As the years go by I have started culling the herd. Hopefully, they will all be gone to new homes before I croak - otherwise I assume there will be some lovely parting gifts at the funeral home...
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    Urgent! Our Sulcata is frozen. Please help!

    You must work diligently to improve your reading comprehension skills. Re-read this thread, slowly if need be, and discover to whom my advice was directed. Surprise! It wasn't the OP...
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    Good news from Viet Nam...

    Pretty big deal if you ask me...
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    Urgent! Our Sulcata is frozen. Please help!

    I spent 29 years as a firefighter in a major city. If you had seen what I've seen, you would think differently. And you really think 7 sentences is lengthy?
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    Urgent! Our Sulcata is frozen. Please help!

    Not only is the lighting set-up a fire waiting to happen, the location is equally disturbing. To wit: Heat source precariously suspended over the tort's enclosure. Enclosure full of flammable material (mulch). Enclosure resting on top of flammable material (wood floor). This potential fire...
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    How cool would this be to convert into an enclosure?

    I don't know...I think I'd rather see it filled with donuts...
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    Interesting article on pyramiding

    OK, I finally read the article this whole thread is based on. Very little of actual discovery and just a mish-mash of hypothesis-conjecture and speculation. But what is EXTREMELY off-putting about the article is the condescending attitude he displays toward the rest of us. "Newbies" is hardly a...
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    What is happening?

    I agree with Yvonne, that last picture looks like 10 pounds of sugar trying to fit in a 5 pound bag. You can almost hear the tortoise asking: "Does this shell make my butt look fat?"
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    Flying Tortoises

    Budapest sits astride the Danube; perhaps the eastern portion has finally annexed land down into Turkey...?
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    Anyone know a decent amazon tortoise hide under 20$?

    Unless your tortoise subscribes to National Geographic, he has no idea what his natural habitat should look like.
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    Scute rubbed away

    I think you're on to something - the damage locations are so symmetrical.
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    Please Help ID This Lost Turtle

    Here is a Gulf Coast Box turtle from Wikipedia...not a plain shell.