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  1. ShadowRancher

    My guys were living it up in their new yard this summer

    It's been awhile since I've been on but my guys have been growing great, and I do mean guys looks like all three are boys (so much for temp sexing). We're working on permanent retaining walls to separate everyone's territory, until then I'm sure my neighbors love my combo of blocks and logs...
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    Lost Sulcata tortoise in Columbia SC

    Putting this up here just in case, I have a 2 year old sulcata that my boyfriend let roam the yard while I was away (I'm sure I told him to only let the big guy out unattended) We're not sure she's missing but its been 30 ish hours now and I cannot find her anywhere. Just putting this out here...
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    Tortoise in the walking dead (spoilers)...

    So I was too busy bitching about that red foot being non native to realize that she was about to eat it and was caught off guard, I gasped and my boyfriend rolled his eyes like obviously she ate it. I'm still mad that they weren't representing w native boxies :)
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    He's getting so big!

    My little Levi weighed in at just over 20 lbs last week, he's growing up so fast.
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    Baby Pearlscale goldfish just came in!

    I mentioned on the aquarium thread that I planned on getting Pearlscale goldfish this summer. Well I found some! They are in a ~17 gallon quarantine tub so I can make sure they are healthy (treat for flukes/Ich) then they are going to go live in my 100 gal patio pond with my Japanese Trapdoor...
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    Will a heat cord help me warm up my 'floor'?

    Hey all, I posted my new winter quarters recently and everything seems to be stabilizing well (ambient room temp is 80 and ambient humidity is 65-70%) but the actual mulch is a bit cooler than I would like it. I have two heat lamps set up to created a decent sized basking spot but that's about...
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    Finishing up my collapsible & adjustable winter quarters

    So during the summer Levi well outgrew last years indoor accommodations (below) so we had to think of something new. I have a lot of tropical plants as well as a hedgehog that also need to be kept toasty in the winter so I decided to turn our whole front room into a warm room. I used the...
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    Where to find Elephant grass?

    Now that I have a yard I'm trying to start growing my own tort food (I still have terrible soil so I'm stickiing to pots). I have some opuntia and hardy hibiscus that are doing very well and now I'm looking for elephant grass. The only place I can seem to find it is sulcatafood.com which is a...
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    Tort vacation/Gorgeous wild boxie at my parents

    So my boyfriend and I spent a long weekend in florida (we got rained out of all the rides at Busch Gardens but at least we saw the animals). I dont think the torts were too put out by staying with my parents as evidenced by the watermelon rinds ;) Fence within a fence and a make-shift hide...
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    My Axolotls

    I've had my older axolotl (shaggy dog) for about 5 months and the younger (ghost) for about 2 months. I just moved them in together a few weeks ago and they get along great (Juveniles tend to be nippy but I havent had a problem). Here's some pics: Shaggy dog right after I got him being tiny...
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    Good CHE brand? mine keep dying...

    So I've gone through 3 or 4 CHEs in the last 3 years and I feel like they should last longer than that. I have them in a ceramic fixture made for CHEs (Zoo med I think). I bought my first bulb at petsmart and ordered the rest from Amazon (zoo med and exo terra brands). Do I maybe have a bad...
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    Visited the SC turtle/tortoise rescue at the Charleston aquarium.

    I love the Charleston aquarium, it has a really great set up and focuses a lot on our shelled friends. For an extra $10 on your ticket you can get a tour of the sea turtle rehab center (which doesn't cater to just sea turtles). Sadly I think some pictures disappeared from my phone because I was...
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    Its a bit late but here's my new build from this winter (pic heavy)

    I haven't been super active on the forum in about a year (graduation, new job, new relationship, new apartment) but I've still been loving on my torts that whole time so I just thought I'd share the new indoor house I made this fall when it looked like winter was going to be a doozy. I modified...
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    Temporary Outdoor Pen

    I'm going to be moving in the next 6 months or so I didn't want to set up a permanent tort yard and then have to leave it. This is my solution for letting my little guys soak up some summer sun and eat some tasty outside plants securely. They still have a big tub indoors for night and cool days...
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    1600 Gallon turtle pond

    found some pics of my parents pond and thought I'd share them since that seems to be the theme for the day :D This is the best pic I have of the whole thing. It was already there when they moved in and was strictly a koi pond. What you cant really see in this picture is that its L-shaped in...
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    Pictures from my zoo Internship

    Hey everyone! Think I'll finally have time to participate in the forum again :D I graduated with my Bio degree in May and my Student job at the university asked me to start full time as a temp for the next 6 months or so (so I am just volunteering at the zoo on weekends now) but I had an...
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    Got my Secret santa

    Hey all, I havent been around in awhile because between my part time university job, my internship at the zoo and wrapping up my last semester I have been ridiculously busy. The only day I sort of have off all week is Friday. My sullies are still growing like weeds though so nothing to report on...
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    Got an internship at my Zoo!! and here's some pics of our baby galaps

    I'm actually going to be working with the bird nerds at the zoo but after my interview was successful I ran over to the reptile house to check out these guys (I have pics of an adult and some baby komodos too but my ipad died before I could upload everything so Ill update this tomorrow with more...
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    Wound care emergency, away from vet for a few days (warning:slight gore)

    Ok so I'm at my parents to vote since we had a long weekend for Election Day at school. In a couple of other posts I've described the the large aquatic turtle pond surrounded by a courtyard (3 sides house/garage 1 side wrought iron fence) Its proven its self secure for years. I keep my 3 sullies...
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    New Oscar (pics)

    So I've always wanted an Oscar and while I was in Petsmart today grabbing a new CHE I saw this guy and decided today was the day :D Meet Dorian Grey (because m a sucker for bass akwards literary references) This was partially precipitated because my Convict (hilariously named...
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