ksplitintwok asked: what about turtles? they’re cute!


Yes, turtles are sometimes cute. Though I never got submissions of turtles…

that is a tragedy! Turtles not cute? No submissions! Well.. I will rectify that for you 

First, check this out, Tortoise not turtle.. but how can you say a tortoise peeking out of a hoodie isn’t cute?! 


Needs more water…. 

-sits down and patiently waits to get yelled at for pointing this out-

No yelling here. I give you 

we need the turtle peeps with turtle knowledge to chim in too! Good care saves lives! And those three got it goin’ on. Their long faces always get me. 

Size does mater in reptile care.. and so does volume 🙂

My baby sulcata keeps on squeaking – mostly at night, this has been happening since late January. I went to the vet and they just said he had stuffy nose, so I switched his bedding from wood chips (which are awful I know) to towels and gave him as much baths as I possibly can though he’s still squeaking, what could it be? p.s: He needs a better diet and I have no clue what to feed him at this point to get his shell strong, I live in colorado + its winter so he’s lacking vitamin D :(

first thing: I am definitely not a vet or any sort of expert. I do a lot of reading about tortoises and turtles and try and learn from other people. Just ya know, so we all know this. I’m a mailing list with some really knowledgable people and they refer me to some great websites with information distributed by people who run rescues for these animals. 

That being said, this happened to Zoya. She was squeaking for two days and I panicked. MAJORLY freaked. Seems she just got some substrate caught in her throat. luckily some good soaks and it was cleared up. I find it odd that your vet said he had a stuffy nose. From what I’ve been told mucus coming from the nose and open mouth breathing or wheezing are signs of respiratory issues, which is a pretty big deal. But again, I’m not a vet.

So, First thing i’d say is make sure your vet has experience with exotics (tortoises in particular). If not, find one. They are out there in every state. 

Second, you definitely need a UVB lamp. They are vital to their ability to metabolize calcium. Powersun has the most consistant bulbs according to most of the sites I’ve read. The UVB bulb is a UVB/UVA combo bulb. Its heat and UVB. They are pricey but its really important to have this so their shells don’t start pyramiding.

I checked some sites and just like for Russian torts, the best substrate seems to be a combo of coconut coir (they sell them in bricks for pretty cheap, you ad water and it expands) and Play sand. mix that up and it’ll help keep moisture in and be healthier.  

Most important thing I can say? Read the site bellow.

This site http://africantortoise.com/ is run by people that know what they’re talking about. I would absolutely read all the advice here. They have a list of food you can get at the grocery store and stuff you can grow yourself there. I have learned more than I can say from these folks (though for russian tortoises not sulcatas) but can say that their advice has helped me get Zoya on a healthy diet/home/etc. 

There’s an article on the site that talks about raising in northern climates. Might have some helpful advice for you. You can find that here: http://africantortoise.com/leopard_tortoise_care_in_the_north.htm

Jensen’s new home by the seaside: Happy ending in Blackpool for pint-sized turtle illegally imported into Britain


By Emily Allen

Last updated at 2:01 AM on 14th February 2012

He was illegally imported into Britain but Jensen has been welcomed with open arms and looks set to stay for good.

The two-year-old False Map turtle, from the Mississippi River, has been settling in at Blackpool Sea Life Centre.

He was photographed this week pacing up and down his enclosure as he familiarised himself with his new surroundings.

Jensen a two-year-old False Map turtle, from the Mississippi River, gets used to his new home at Blackpool Sea Life Centre

Moved: Jensen a two-year-old False Map turtle, from the Mississippi River, gets used to his new home at Blackpool Sea Life Centre

He was one of 50 turtles confiscated by customs after they were illegally imported into Britain.

They have all found new homes throughout the country.

The new turtle shelter at Sea Life Blackpool opened yesterday and will become a breeding centre for rare and endangered species and also for turtles who have outgrown their homes.

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