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  1. mctlong

    What am I?

    A coworker forwarded me this pic. Can anyone identify the species? It's the only pic I have. I have not seen it in person.
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    Desert Torts Available for Adoption in AZ

    Desert torts offered for adoption by AZ Fish & Game -
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    Read before buying! - Tips for Avoiding Scams

    Scams happen. If you suspect a scammer on this site, please report it to a moderator ASAP. Tips for avoiding scams – Ask around. Do you know anyone who has purchased from this seller? Consider opening a thread on this forum asking other members about their experiences with the seller. Do your...
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    Need to train Chief to do this!

    Best. Tortoise. Ever.
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    Why do turtles & tortoises have shells?

    An interesting article on why the shell developed.
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    Community pond - lots and lots of RES

    Just thought I'd share some pics of a a local shopping center pond with dozens of turtles - mostly red eared sliders - all ages & sizes. Beautiful pond, but locals keep dropping off their pets, so its getting crowded. The torts are fed and cared for, presumably by the strip mall owners, but...
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    Sulcata x CDT

    A biologist I work with claims to own a sully x CDT hybrid. He is adamant that it is a hybrid and claims to have had the sully mama since she was a hatchling. His only other tortoise is a CDT; therefor, he claims, there could be no other father and this hatchling must be a hybrid. I've requested...
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    Reintroduction from a Slacker

    Hey everybody! It's been over 2 years since my last post, so I thought I thought Id reintroduce myself. My name is Shelly. I got caught up in my job, family, life, etc and had to put my tort hobby on hold for awhile. I still have all my same torties, no losses or additions, but havent been...
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    Our New Hatchling!!!! :)

    Introducing the newest addition to our herd -- Adam Ray. Born August 16, 2013. :) (I tried to dress him in a cute turtle onsie for this pic, but he pee'd on it, so we ended up with an alligator onsie instead.) Sent from my ADR6425LVW using TortForum mobile app
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    Egg Hatching! Need ID!!

    :P :P :P
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    Sorry about all the poop. :D

    So, yesterday I was venting to my husband that my stars poop in their water everyday, immediately after I change it (I swear they are waiting for me to change it so that they can poop in the clean water, lol!). So this morning, I woke up to this note and a clean water bowl. (I think they may...
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    Rosie the Cat

    My husband created this collage today of our cat, Rosie. I thought it was cute. :)...
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    Desert Torts Available for Adoption - SF Valley, CA

    From the American Tortoise Rescue Facebook Page ( - "We have a situation in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles where a gentleman's home is being sold and he can’t take his desert tortoises with him. He has five (see photo) ranging in...
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    Haemochromatosis (iron overload/toxicity) and other questions..

    To start, does anyone know if this product is red due to iron oxide or if its red due to artificial dyes? Zilla Calcium Sand, Sonoran red – I am asking because I recently acquired an unusual...
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    Miniature sully or something else....???

    Hey folks, I just bought this eensy teensy little guy off Craigslist. The person I got him from has had him for more than 4 years. The petstore told her that this sully was two or three months old at the time of purchase. Now, more than 4 years later, he's approx 2.75" SCL and weighs 80...
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    Chief says....

    Happy St. Patty's Day Weekend!!! May the luck of the Irish (and the luck of species native to the southern edge of the Sahara desert and the Sahel transitional ecoregion of semi-arid grasslands, savannas, and thorn shrublands of Northern Africa) be with you all. :D Cheers! :tort:
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    New enclosures all around. :)

    So, bad news, the person we're renting our home from has decided to sell, so we're moving. :( Good news is that means we get to build new enclosures! :) We'll be moving in 3 weeks, so we have 3 weeks to plan and buy material. I am completely totally and utterly open to suggestions. I'd love...
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    Chief says Happy Valentines Day! :)

    Happy Valentines Day TFO Friends!!! :D
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    I'm bummed.

    Anyone else bummed? I think I’m getting jaded. Every time I open this forum someone else has a hopelessly sick baby tortoise. And it seems like (and this could be just me), it seems like most of these babies end up dying. Sometimes the deaths are inevitable. Some hatchlings are born weak and...
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    Runners Up.

    So, I finally submitted my calender pic. These are the ones that didn't make the cut. Still not sure if I made the right choice... This pic of Indy is my husband's favorite. Anakin and Bellatrix Chief and Anakin