1. Welcome! Are you interested in tortoises? If so, we invite you to join our community! Our community is the #1 place for tortoise keepers to talk online. Once you join you'll be able to post messages, upload pictures of your tortoise and enclosure, and discuss any tortoise topic with other tortoise keepers. Get started today!
Dismiss Notice
Hey Guest! The 2018 Tortoise Forum Calendar is here! Click here to pre-order! Proceeds go directly to keeping TFO online and FREE for all to use! Thank you for your support!

Tortoise wandered into house... advice?

Discussion in 'General Tortoise Discussion' started by Luansterz, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. Luansterz

    Luansterz New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2017
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    10
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Hello, during a heavy downpour today I found a tortoise at my gate.
    Could anyone give me advice on how to care for it/what breed it is?
    This tortoise is highly unlikely to be a wild one due to the nature of my country and my residential area, hence I'm reluctant to release it to the wild.

    IMG_0652.JPG
  2. ZEROPILOT

    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member TFO Supporter Platinum Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2014
    Messages:
    15,567
    Likes Received:
    26,962
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    South Eastern Florida (U.S.A.)/Rock Hill S.C.
    (These ads do not appear for registered members.)
    What part of the world do you live in?
    That is a very unusual looking turtle.
    One I'm not familiar with.
    Gillian Moore and Luansterz like this.
  3. Luansterz

    Luansterz New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2017
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    10
    Trophy Points:
    3
    I live in Singapore! It has a tropical climate. It's customary to see some Terrapins or snapping turtles in the wild but I've never seen a brown tortoise like this before either.
  4. ZEROPILOT

    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member TFO Supporter Platinum Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2014
    Messages:
    15,567
    Likes Received:
    26,962
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    South Eastern Florida (U.S.A.)/Rock Hill S.C.
    If I had the time I'd google it.
    I'm SURE that someone will be able to identify it.
    Most members are still sleeping.
    Welcome to the forum.
    Gillian Moore and Luansterz like this.
  5. Grandpa Turtle 144

    Grandpa Turtle 144 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2013
    Messages:
    9,875
    Likes Received:
    7,299
    Trophy Points:
    113
  6. TortoiseWorld

    TortoiseWorld Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2012
    Messages:
    478
    Likes Received:
    28
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Lisle Illinois

    Attached Files:

    ZEROPILOT and Luansterz like this.
  7. Luansterz

    Luansterz New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2017
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    10
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Thanks for the advice and identification! Do you have any care tips for a first-time turtle owner?
  8. Tidgy's Dad

    Tidgy's Dad Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2015
    Messages:
    40,967
    Likes Received:
    96,392
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Fes, Morocco
  9. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 5 Year Member Platinum Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2008
    Messages:
    70,066
    Likes Received:
    26,980
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Clovis, CA
    When one finds a turtle or tortoise and you can be sure it's not a native/wild turtle, then it is your responsibility to try to find who this animal belongs to.

    Put up fliers on the utility poles around the neighborhood. Post a 'found' ad in the newspaper and in your lost and found classifieds online. Someone bought this turtle and is probably pretty upset at having lost it.
    Laurie86 and Tidgy's Dad like this.
  10. Luansterz

    Luansterz New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2017
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    10
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Yes, of course. I'll be going around the neighbourhood tomorrow to ask around. But in the meantime I'd like to make sure that it's as comfortable as possible.
  11. Gillian Moore

    Gillian Moore Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2014
    Messages:
    13,569
    Likes Received:
    17,244
    Trophy Points:
    113
    A very warm welcome to the forum.
  12. TammyJ

    TammyJ Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2016
    Messages:
    1,022
    Likes Received:
    558
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Jamaica
    That's adorable! You have been blessed by its visit and it hopes that you will please put it into a shallow tub of warmish water, place the tub in a warm, dark corner of your home and start checking out what it eats, etc. and try to find the owner!
    Seems that it may be a protected species?
  13. zovick

    zovick Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2013
    Messages:
    287
    Likes Received:
    411
    Trophy Points:
    63
    It appears that it might be Geomyda spengleri if it is rather small (5" or less in length) and has black on the under shell. Look at these photos for comparison and then see if the lower shell on your turtle has a black pattern like these G. spengleri specimens. I cannot tell from the photo if your specimen has a 3 keeled shell or not. The center one is quite obvious, but I can't see if there are traces of keels on the two sides.

    https://images.search.yahoo.com/sea...QRzZWMDc2M-?p=Geomyda+Spengleri&fr=ymyy-t-999
  14. Big Charlie

    Big Charlie Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2015
    Messages:
    1,829
    Likes Received:
    2,032
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    California
    Judging by the newspaper it is pictured on, I think it is quite a bit bigger than that.
    PJay likes this.
  15. zovick

    zovick Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2013
    Messages:
    287
    Likes Received:
    411
    Trophy Points:
    63
    To explain my thinking: the newspaper appeared to me to be folded in half (vertically), not opened up to the full page height of a bit over 21". That would equate to the portion shown in the photo being about 10.75" from top to bottom, assuming their newspapers are the same size as US newspapers. It is a bit hard to tell from the angle of the photo, but the turtle seemed to be taking up only about half of the page which is shown, so I assumed the turtle could be roughly 5" or so in size.

    Luansterz, can you please tell us how long the turtle is or post a photo of it next to a ruler?
  16. wellington

    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2011
    Messages:
    33,226
    Likes Received:
    9,417
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Chicago, Illinois, USA
  17. GingerLove

    GingerLove Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2016
    Messages:
    1,257
    Likes Received:
    1,002
    Trophy Points:
    113
    That turtle is amazing!!! I've never seen the likes of him!:confused:
  18. TortoiseWorld

    TortoiseWorld Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2012
    Messages:
    478
    Likes Received:
    28
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Lisle Illinois
    Like I said earlier I think it's a Giant Asian Pond Turtle (Heosemys grandis) here is another example looks the same to me.

    grandis-carapaceGiantAsianPond.preview.jpg
  19. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 5 Year Member Platinum Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2008
    Messages:
    70,066
    Likes Received:
    26,980
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Clovis, CA
    I don't think so, Patrick. The front edge scutes (sorry I don't know their name) in your turtle are smooth, while the front scutes on the 'wandered-into-my-house' turtle have a very pretty scallop to them.
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2017
    TortoiseWorld likes this.
  20. TortoiseWorld

    TortoiseWorld Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2012
    Messages:
    478
    Likes Received:
    28
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Lisle Illinois
    Yours is a beautiful animal.
    If you can't find the original owner, and you don't you have space, time and money to properly care for the turtle, I would release it as soon as possible while it's still strong, find a suitable habitat outside the city away from people.

    Giant Asian pond turtle habitat
    The giant Asian pond turtle inhabits a range of freshwater habitats, including rivers, streams, lakes, swamps and marshes, from sea level up to hilly areas, However, the giant Asian pond turtle is not restricted to water, and can also be found partially hidden under vegetation on land.

    Conservation status and threats: The Giant Asian Pond Turtle is hunted for its meat and for traditional Chinese medicine. It also faces habitat loss due to pollution and the draining of wetlands. It is considered vulnerable across its entire range by the IUCN Red List and is listed on CITES Appendix II.

    Attached Files:

Similar Threads: Tortoise wandered
Forum Title Date
General Tortoise Discussion Moving from Canada to US with a tortoise - Need help with Permit? Yesterday at 4:12 PM
General Tortoise Discussion How to gain tortoise trust Yesterday at 8:34 AM
General Tortoise Discussion Russian Tortoise Activity Wednesday at 11:05 AM
General Tortoise Discussion Baby food for tortoise? Monday at 9:01 AM
General Tortoise Discussion In Microbiology Needing info about tortoise and Herpes Sunday at 6:53 PM

Share This Page