Food thief caught!

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This morning I tossed a few cut grapes into my RF enclosure looking for the baby RF. I knew he'd come out if he saw food.
However, what I saw was a Curly Tail lizard run out of the spider plants and start eating one. Then the baby emerged from the a flower pot and took it away.
I had no idea that the voracious, carnivorous Curly Tails were actually omnivores. (There are a few dozen of them inside the enclosure)
So aside from rats at night. Lizards are stealing food in the broad daylight.

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Wild child looks like he's gotten a little bigger.
 

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I wish my reds wouldn't hatch out in late October early November. Too cold to leave outside. But I would love to try this with my hatchlings in the spring .
 

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That little booger hatched out last Winter, I suppose. An egg I hadn't found. And survived some low 50s high 40 degree nights.
But he may have found his way into one of the heated night houses. They turn on automatically.
 

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I just found this guy running around my enclosure the other day . Naturally hatched in the great outdoors.lol S/he has a lot of orange color to S/he .IMG_20181104_140618049_HDR.jpeg
 

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I just found this guy running around my enclosure the other day . Naturally hatched in the great outdoors.lol S/he has a lot of orange color to S/he .View attachment 256531
Wow. Nice.
As you can see, mine is kinda beaten up looking and the colors aren't great.
More of a black RF.
 

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I think that next time I wind up with breeding RF....And I will. I get calls all the time from keepers needing to get rid of their animals. I'll just let them hatch out in the pen.
Nature doesnt need help.
I also feel better about rehoming year old or older tortoises because they're not so frail.
 

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Yeah, I've noticed with most of my hatchlings they are darker hatchling in the ground. This one I think came out of a dog house converted into a nesting box. With cyprus mulch and potting soil mix for substrate.
 

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Yeah, I've noticed with most of my hatchlings they are darker hatchling in the ground. This one I think came out of a dog house converted into a nesting box. With cyprus mulch and potting soil mix for substrate.
I think Craig also found that to be true. @Anyfoot
I don't know. The few I hatched in my incubators were also dark.
My whole enclosure outside is decomposed mulch and soil. Grass.
 
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