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Walking to the South

Discussion in 'Advanced Tortoise Topics' started by ZEROPILOT, Sep 16, 2015.

  1. ZEROPILOT

    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member TFO Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    An opinion is wanted.
    Would my Redfoot tortoise, Queen Bertha have any reason to "home" towards the South?
    No matter where I place her in the yard, she will turn and walk South.
    Is this something scientific that I'm not aware of or am I mistaken?
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  2. dmmj

    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator 5 Year Member

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    I'm not aware of anything like how birds can sense magnetic north sometimes there's nothing that I know of like that for tortoises but it's always a possibility
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    That's pretty interesting. I bet @tortadise might know the answer to this.
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    Like how sea turtles know to go back to a certain beach to lay eggs.
    Maybe Bertha wants to lay eggs or having a false pregnancy. Do torts have
    false pregnancies even ?
  5. ZEROPILOT

    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member TFO Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    She has always been a strange tortoise.
    Even in the front yard she will spin around and walk South.
    She has been in her isolation/sick pen for most of her life here and it is long and thin and goes North and South. With her house at the south end.
    I think somehow she is just used to it?

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  6. dmmj

    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator 5 Year Member

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    oh my god it just struck me she might be a mutant. does she eat pizza show an affinity towards martial arts of some kind or say cowabunga a lot?
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    Perhaps the changing seasons and shortening days are confusing her? Can't really think of a plausible explanation here. Quite interesting.
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    No input on Bertha, but I can tell you're in FL because of the lizard perched on the outside of her enclosure.
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    My Russian tortoise always wants to go west. Russia is west of here but there's a little ocean in between and some land to.
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    He could be in the Bahamas based on the lizard
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    Oh, I had to giggle at your post. They are all over the place in So.Fl.
    It is like lizard wars in my yard, they run around chasing and even biting each other.
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    Tidgy heads in all directions pretty much equally.
    But then she's only an hour away from her birthplace and it's the native country of her species, so it doesn't disprove anything.
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    I'm in Florida also. My older tortoise always makes a beeline north, out the backyard gate if it's open or unlatched, and then hangs a sharp right into the neighbors garden. I'm very lucky she does the same thing every time she gets through the gate because it makes it much easier to locate her.
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    My Russian only uses half of his indoor enclosure, and ignores the other side. I don't even know which way south is though lol. Looks like you have an interesting situation!
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    A 2x10 on the floor at the gate's door is great insurance ;) even with the gate left open, tort can't escape. I have this at all my yard's doorways......ask me why :rolleyes: :tort:
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    I will be installing a board this weekend. Indy pushed the "not quite latched" gate open on Sunday, hung a right, and hunkered down for the night in the neighbors' front bushes. Lucky me because she could have gotten pretty far by the time I realized she had escaped!
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