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Need Help Identifying Tortoise Species

Discussion in 'Galapagos and Chaco tortoises' started by Micah Fisher, Jan 13, 2017.

  1. Micah Fisher

    Micah Fisher New Member

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    Hello! The previous owner of the house I currently live in left a tortoise in the backyard. I was hoping someone could identify the species of the tortoise for me so I can take better care of it! Also, please let me know if the tortoise looks to be in bad health; there's plenty of water and flowers and leaves in the backyard.

    Thank you!

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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    Hi, and welcome to the Forum!

    It looks like a Chaco tortoise to me. Are you in a South American country?
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Hello and Welcome. I don't know the species. Sad someone would just leave it. @tortadise should be able to help
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    Markw84 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Agree with Yvonne - Looks like a Chaco Tortoise.
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    SarahChelonoidis Well-Known Member

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    What a beautiful animal - what part of the world are you in?
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    Thanks for the replies! I do indeed live in South America -- Argentina. Do you guys have any suggestions as to how I should take care of it? It seems to do pretty well in the backyard by itself :)
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    tortadise Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Beautiful animal. It is indeed a Chaco.
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    Welcome to the forum.

    Don't know what species your tort is, but he/she is gorgeous. GOD bless.
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    Thats a nice Chaco!!
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    Lucky! A very rare symmetrical extra scute Chaco and likely a girl to boot. Likely main worry will be to keep from freezing in the Winter. If you like you could try giving some fruits, tomato and romaine lettuce and see if interested in some canned pate' style cat food on occasion. Yours probably grazes on grass and weeds in the yard.
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