New Yard For Baby Manouria

Yvonne G

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Several years ago I kept one of the Manouria emys phayrei that hatched here, and sold the rest. When it was big enough to go outside I threw together a little pen for it on the edge of the big Manourias' area. I've since sold that tortoise, and the little pen has been vacant for a couple years:

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Last year Will hatched out quite a few Manouria emys phayrei and a couple had aberrant scutes. I asked him to hold onto those two for me, then a month or so later I bought a hatchling Mep from Vic Morgan. The two and the new one are a month apart in age. I also have a three year old Mep that I kept from the last batch that hatched here on my property before the factory moved to San Diego to live with Will. These tortoises have been living in a tort table inside the Mep now Mee shed and it's time for them to move outside. So I reconditioned the little pen:

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I have some dichondra seed that I'll sprinkle over the dirt in there, plus some Johnny Jump Up seed. Hopefully I can get the seeds to grow and cover the bare dirt.
 

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Good thing you didn't take it apart. So are we hoping the two are female and the one from Vic is a male?
 

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That would indeed be nice, huh? To tell the truth, I didn't really give a thought to their sex. Now I'm hoping from your mouth to the tortoise god's ear!
 

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That would indeed be nice, huh? To tell the truth, I didn't really give a thought to their sex. Now I'm hoping from your mouth to the tortoise god's ear!
I have two (5.25lb)Almost 3 year olds. If it turns out I have two males maybe we can make a trade someday...
 

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Did you build the enclosure for the MEPs and MEEs or did someone else help? This is the way I'm going to do mine....
 

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I build all my enclosures. My tortoise partner,Will, helps me with rehab and repair, but I did all the original planning and building on my own. The mep and mee each had their own space. When Will took the mep home to San Diego I moved the mee over to the mep's space, then enlarged the RF space incorporating the old mee space.
 

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Several years ago I kept one of the Manouria emys phayrei that hatched here, and sold the rest. When it was big enough to go outside I threw together a little pen for it on the edge of the big Manourias' area. I've since sold that tortoise, and the little pen has been vacant for a couple years:

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Last year Will hatched out quite a few Manouria emys phayrei and a couple had aberrant scutes. I asked him to hold onto those two for me, then a month or so later I bought a hatchling Mep from Vic Morgan. The two and the new one are a month apart in age. I also have a three year old Mep that I kept from the last batch that hatched here on my property before the factory moved to San Diego to live with Will. These tortoises have been living in a tort table inside the Mep now Mee shed and it's time for them to move outside. So I reconditioned the little pen:

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I have some dichondra seed that I'll sprinkle over the dirt in there, plus some Johnny Jump Up seed. Hopefully I can get the seeds to grow and cover the bare dirt.
Love it, Yvonne! I like the idea of ground cover for their little stubby feet. Is dichondra safe should they choose to graze on it? I thought it was morning glory family and that one was listed as "no feed" in tort table??? I don't know, I maybe wrong. My memory is going, too:)
 

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Love it, Yvonne! I like the idea of ground cover for their little stubby feet. Is dichondra safe should they choose to graze on it? I thought it was morning glory family and that one was listed as "no feed" in tort table??? I don't know, I maybe wrong. My memory is going, too:)

Dichondra is safe to have available as food in an outdoor free choice setting. If they decide they like it, it will be difficult to keep.
 

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Dichondra is safe to have available as food in an outdoor free choice setting. If they decide they like it, it will be difficult to keep.
Thanks Will. I haven't finished the inside of my RF Garden due to limitations of good groundcover for this enclosure location. I wish I could cover the whole thing in between plants with nice puffy moss... ahhh! Too hot here for that
 

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