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  1. orv

    Alive or Dead? Help!!

    Your input is still timely, Karen , and still appreciated, I'm sure.
  2. orv

    Emergency rescue of my desert torts after flooding last week./ trouble hibornating indoors .

    Its probably best that you set them up in a reliable refrigerator with the temperature set to between 45 and 50 degrees. Place each of them in their own breathable box or tub in a covering bed of dry leaves or shredded newsprint. Check the temperature regularly and allow a new supply of fresh...
  3. orv

    New Desert Tortoise Hatchlings

    Hi, our 4 CDTs are sleeping for the winter right now, but once they awaken, a few of their favorite foods include mulberry leaves, grape leaves and cactus pads. You might try these as you wean your's from lettuces and expensive commercial pellotized foods.
  4. orv

    SoCal folks...

    Oh ya . . . are you offering to pay? Nah . . . I wouldn't do that to a friend. We'll have to find a coffee shop where the friendship is more important than a swanky ambience and outrageous prices.
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    SoCal folks...

    Totally captured by the name . . . just must be my kind of place. Oops . . . viewed the menu as you suggested, now not so much of a fan. My gracious . . . I don't think our weekly grocery budget is anything like a meal for 2 at Wally's. Those prices tend to upset my digestive system.
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    What’s in a name

    Thank you, Karen. I guess you had to be there.
  7. orv

    What’s in a name

    "Orv" is just short for "Orvil". My mother called me "horrible Orvil". I hope to have outgrown that moniker.
  8. orv

    Tortoise-riding Toddler

    What about grandfathers? My grandkids have all insisted upon a ride upon my shoulders when they were young. I think that they may have been slave drivers. Enough!
  9. orv

    Congrats to our 2019 Tortoise Forum Calendar Contest WINNERS!!!

    KAREN: Congratulations! (by the way, we'll have to get together for lunch again soon).
  10. orv

    Alfalfa- ok or not?

    Thank you, Mark.
  11. orv

    Conversations with your kids

    Nancy and I watch Wagon Train nightly before bedtime. Its a good, wholesome show, with values we can appreciate, unlike most of those produced today. I guess that we're just old fogies . . . me, not you (Yvonne), or Nancy. We also enjoy The Big Valley and Dr. Quinn. Nancy retired from a career...
  12. orv

    Alfalfa- ok or not?

    WILL: would there be any nutritional difference between freshly cut, green alfalfa, dried alfalfa, or re-hydrated pelletized sources? All assuming a well-hydrated diet.
  13. orv

    What a pet tortoise for Florida

    I don't believe you. I read you're posts here in the forum and know that you ove them too, otherwise, why would you care for them so well?
  14. orv

    Conversations with your kids

    I just took the fresh laundry out of the dryer and neatly folded them; they were so warm to my arthritic old hands on this cold afternoon. It's my poor wife who's having the harder time right now . . . she's doing the weekly grocery shopping at Walmart, on this the Saturday following Thanksgiving.
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    Conversations with your kids

    Golly, Yvonne . . . I've never minded working in the kitchen. It keeps my hands busy and I'm somewhat less likely to be reminded that the eves around the house need painting or that the tree in the front yard needs triming, or that the toilet needs fixing or that . . . well, I think you get the...
  16. orv

    Is this a good feeder fish for my turtle

    The baby RES pictured in your original post isn't ready for goldfish yet. A great protein source at this point is chopped or very small earthworms. Small bites of fresh tuna are good as well. For some fun, juvinile guppies are great, although your slider may not be able to catch them on his own yet.
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    Is this big enough for my red eared slider?

    My friend, I was implying, hoping that you'd infer, that your tote habitat was insufficent if used for more than a VERY short time. I'm so pleased that you already knew of all this, and weren't planning to go out and purchase a filtration system, lights, and heater, as well as obtain the...
  18. orv

    What were your "beginner mistakes"?

    Thank you for your kind words, Drew. (The attached picture was taken a few years ago. The plantings are far more mature now. Pictured is Tommy Jr., the 34 year old son of the original Tommy. His mother is Tammy. How Tommy, senior and Tammy arrived in our care may be found in one of my earlier...
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    What were your "beginner mistakes"?

    Sixty plus years ago, when I first got Tommy, our adult California Desert Tortoise, my dad and I drilled a hole in the scute just above his left rear leg and restrained him with about 20 feet of closeline. I remember his straining against it to this day. I picture him doing this and am shamed...
  20. orv

    Is this big enough for my red eared slider?

    Baby red-eared sliders require swimming areas, basking areas, and hiding areas - more than one. They like to dig into the gravel and mud at the bottom. What filtration system will you utilize? You can't make do with just dumping water. Can this tote supply all this? It doesn't appear so. Your...
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