Nice it looks like you have some pretty cute wild pets too hanging around to take care of. Or at least you can visit with them
Well, we don't have any sort of ponds or such close by, but I'd think to lure the torts you'll have to use water, and inadvertently you'll lure other animals like snakes. The Jojo tank we have seems to lure snakes in the area, and even if a bit of water drips from it, it would lure the bees. I suspect the neighbouring bee farm, about 20m from the house, has water ponds, which lures the torts. It is interesting however, it's the first time I've seen one so high up there, they're normally further down in the valleyIs there some sort of small shallow watering hole for passing wildlife to use near the house or would that attract the wrong sort of visitors?
Lol, they know, I'd always ask if they've seen any torts. He is big indeed! I wonder how old he is? His carapace seems to be old, but it would be difficult to guess the age with any wild tort. He does seem different than the other one I saw though. I would guess this fella is atleast 5, about 8-10 years oldLMAO....your friends know you so well, they send you turtle pics from your property even when you aren't there!
Very cool.....he's a big boy!
1 hectare so about 10000m², hopefuly we don't have to cleare the entire area, then I'm sure we'll see some snakes...
Morning, the land is beautiful. The snakes not so. I really don’t like snakes.AmandaMy grandparents are building a house in Stilbaai and they have invited me and my brother to help. (We have 2-3 months off from next week Wednesday, so why not?)
So I guess I might make a thread of the journey to build a house in Stilbaai
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Now I may have some questions on homesteading and everything that comes with it, so I'll love some input from you guys
My first question is about snakes. Snake protection. Here where I live in the Hoëveld, there isn't much snakes in the capital, perhaps the odd rinkals (highly venomous) in a vlei where no one lives, but I don't plan on going anywhere near there.
The fields of Stilbaai have rooipense galore, but they share it with some of the deadliest snakes on the continent.
Cape cobra View attachment 336505
(Highly venomous causes cardiac arrest and nervous system failure)
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(Dangerous viper with an extremely high mortality rate)
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Boomslang View attachment 336508
(Now excuse my language, but this is one f'er you don't mess with. Highly venomous, venom causes death by bleeding out of every hole in your body)
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(False cobra, is venomous)
Black spitting cobra
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(Cytoxic venom, can spit)
(All of the cobras and rhinkals can spit)
Now you may ask, Frans, why do you still want to go? After compiling my list... I am thinking about it.
The snakes are unavoidable because we will have to do bushwacking where the house will go, (we may or may not even see a snake, but I don't want to take any chances) so any advice is appreciated!
Geseende Kersfees to you also sorry I don't know how to post the dots above the third e have a wonderful time.Today we saw this little fella crossing the road on our water haul View attachment 352522 View attachment 352523
It's got a really round shell, much rounder than some of the other torts we've seen. We're here for the Christmas period, if I'm not back on by then, Geseënde Kersfees to you all!