Adopted an Old Man

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SamB

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Rescued from the Devore Animal Shelter on 09/25/2012 - this big boy was found in Big Bear (seems odd because of the weather up there)

We adopted him on 10/05/2012 from the CTTC IE Chapter meeting.

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CTTC estimates his age to be between 50-70 years old

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Some weird indentations on his shell

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What do you all think about his age?

Also any thoughts or ideas on the indentations on his shell?
 

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Hes awesome. Congrats. definitely has the very old aged look on his shell. Id say he is quite old, the growth rings are staring to smooth out a bit.
 

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I can't believe how big and upturned his Gular horn is LOL none of our others are that big
 

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He is definitely old, pretty neat looking. Curious what the indents are on the top of his shell. Hopefully someone will chime in.
 

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I got nothing to say but Congratulations on the new addition! I love hearing about older torts getting good homes.
 

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Wow, that's so cool--he's huge!! What's the orange sticker under his shell by his back leg?
 

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The orange sticker is his tag from the dept of wildlife. All our CDT's have them now :)
 

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shellysmom said:
Wow, that's so cool--he's huge!! What's the orange sticker under his shell by his back leg?
That should be the permit, if I am not mistaken.
 

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Well thank you everyone for the Congratulations. Always fun to have a new addition to the family.
 

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Do you know if he was a LTC or a new turned in tortoise. I highly doubt he was CB, but it is possible.
 

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Dmmj - no clue, devore animal shelter knew nothing about him except he was picked up in snowy big bear california
 

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What a fantastic tort....I would absolutely say he was wild once upon a time....however, those indents are not uncommon---seasonal factors that affect food and water intake can have an affect on them...also, if this guy has survived for who knows how long in a wetter environment he likely has gone through some shell rot issues (while uncommon for this species, it can be afflicted nonetheless if in the incorrect environment, you know?)

I would seriously consider having that gular trimmed (at least the main loop up that it is doing, I bet he would greatly appreciate being able to readily eat on a forward motion vs a side to side position) ONLY if you have a reliable and well versed vet at hand--one that you TOTALLY trust by first hand experience....

Great take in for sure...:D
 

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I am so happy for the tortoise and you!
You have changed the course of his sweet life
I also love his eyes!
He is a fine looking guy!
:)
 
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