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Sterant

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Tortoise Club
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Platinum Tortoise Club
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Mar 6, 2016
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Albany, NY
A friend of mine is an HVAC guy and does the work at my house and business. He has been in and out of my tortoise room for 20 years and about 5 years ago started asking me to sell him a couple radiated hatchlings for his boys to raise. At the time his boys were 7 years old. Since I know him and knew he wouldn’t pay any attention to the tortoises once he bought them, I kept telling him”not yet”. When his boys were 9, I finally agreed. I took his credit card, ordered an Animal Plastics closed chamber and all the right stuff to go in it. I delivered it all to his boys Christmas Eve after I had run it for a couple weeks. I gave them an hour long lecture on what a fantastic gift they had been given and the responsibility that comes with it - along with how to care for them.
I told them that everything I was saying was important but the most important thing was to keep the substrate damp and the humidity above 85%. They live rather far away so I didn’t check on them in person. Three years later (last week) they sent me this picture.
These 2 kids raised two beautifully smooth tortoises with basically one rule....keep the humidity up.
This speaks volumes. Great job boys!
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Chubbs the tegu

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Location (City and/or State)
Ma
A friend of mine is an HVAC guy and does the work at my house and business. He has been in and out of my tortoise room for 20 years and about 5 years ago started asking me to sell him a couple radiated hatchlings for his boys to raise. At the time his boys were 7 years old. Since I know him and knew he wouldn’t pay any attention to the tortoises once he bought them, I kept telling him”not yet”. When his boys were 9, I finally agreed. I took his credit card, ordered an Animal Plastics closed chamber and all the right stuff to go in it. I delivered it all to his boys Christmas Eve after I had run it for a couple weeks. I gave them an hour long lecture on what a fantastic gift they had been given and the responsibility that comes with it - along with how to care for them.
I told them that everything I was saying was important but the most important thing was to keep the substrate damp and the humidity above 85%. They live rather far away so I didn’t check on them in person. Three years later (last week) they sent me this picture.
These 2 kids raised two beautifully smooth tortoises with basically one rule....keep the humidity up.
This speaks volumes. Great job boys!
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Gorgeous man
 

zovick

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5 Year Member
Joined
Nov 17, 2013
Messages
1,657
A friend of mine is an HVAC guy and does the work at my house and business. He has been in and out of my tortoise room for 20 years and about 5 years ago started asking me to sell him a couple radiated hatchlings for his boys to raise. At the time his boys were 7 years old. Since I know him and knew he wouldn’t pay any attention to the tortoises once he bought them, I kept telling him”not yet”. When his boys were 9, I finally agreed. I took his credit card, ordered an Animal Plastics closed chamber and all the right stuff to go in it. I delivered it all to his boys Christmas Eve after I had run it for a couple weeks. I gave them an hour long lecture on what a fantastic gift they had been given and the responsibility that comes with it - along with how to care for them.
I told them that everything I was saying was important but the most important thing was to keep the substrate damp and the humidity above 85%. They live rather far away so I didn’t check on them in person. Three years later (last week) they sent me this picture.
These 2 kids raised two beautifully smooth tortoises with basically one rule....keep the humidity up.
This speaks volumes. Great job boys!
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Very nice job raising those tortoises. Kudos to the instructor, too.
 

William Lee Kohler

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Joined
Oct 23, 2015
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748
Location (City and/or State)
Eugene, OR
A friend of mine is an HVAC guy and does the work at my house and business. He has been in and out of my tortoise room for 20 years and about 5 years ago started asking me to sell him a couple radiated hatchlings for his boys to raise. At the time his boys were 7 years old. Since I know him and knew he wouldn’t pay any attention to the tortoises once he bought them, I kept telling him”not yet”. When his boys were 9, I finally agreed. I took his credit card, ordered an Animal Plastics closed chamber and all the right stuff to go in it. I delivered it all to his boys Christmas Eve after I had run it for a couple weeks. I gave them an hour long lecture on what a fantastic gift they had been given and the responsibility that comes with it - along with how to care for them.
I told them that everything I was saying was important but the most important thing was to keep the substrate damp and the humidity above 85%. They live rather far away so I didn’t check on them in person. Three years later (last week) they sent me this picture.
These 2 kids raised two beautifully smooth tortoises with basically one rule....keep the humidity up.
This speaks volumes. Great job boys!
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WOW! What a GREAT example for others😍!
 
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