Wisdom From The Experts Pt 4 & 5 Two Turtle and Tort experts, two related pieces of wisdom to share about turtle and tortoise anatomy! Lori Neuman-Lee, PhD (@CheloniaGirl ), prof at Utah State University, says – “I wish people knew that turtles can’t come out of their shells…because their shells are part of their...
Words of Wisdom from the Experts Pt 3- “I wish people knew how smart turtles are. They learn quickly where their food comes from; if from a human then they learn that specific person” Is what Michelle Kelly (@MichelleKellyCW), public speaker about Reptiles and amphibians, wishes more people knew about turtles and tortoises. Those of...
Words of wisdom from the experts pt 2 Check out this INCREDIBLE photo by Amanda Hipps, @biophilamanda, one of the experts who responded to our #worldturtleday question. Amanda studies the animals that live in gopher tortoise burrows. In case you didn’t know, gopher tortoise burrows are home to hundreds of other animals. Their status as endangered directly...
This year, in honor of #WorldTurtleDay, we asked herpetologists, biologists, rescues, and rehabbers, to tell us what they wish more people knew about Turtles and Tortoises. Starting today we’ll be sharing a few responses a day! Let’s learn more about the animals we love from people who have devoted their lives to protecting them. Biologist...
Slow to get started but T3 the tortoise is a mum at age 90.
And Galapagos tortoise T3 is also a cougar: the two possible fathers at Dubbo Western Plains Zoo are 40 and 41. It is the first time a Galapagos tortoise – the fifth longest-living animals in the world, with some being recorded as reaching 177 years of age – has been bred in captivity in Australasia.
T3′s baby, named NJ, will be alive long after every keeper, and the youngest human visitor to Dubbo Western Plains Zoo, has passed away.
NJ was born in early March but the zoo won’t know its gender for five years.
It will take NJ that long to reach just 30cm and decades more before achieving an adult size of around 300kg.
NJ is not yet on public display, but there will be a century and a half or longer to see the new addition to the zoo.
Tort-time has moved its headquarters to a new location! Tortoise and Human are adjusting well. Zoya wanted to show off her new digs.. 6ft by 4 to 3 ft. Reconstructed castle, great window exposure, and a quality batch of things to climb on and under. City life is looking up.
While there has not yet been a second coming of Christ (as of this writing) on this day of Rapture, there was at least one holy sign for the faithful to embrace in northwest suburban Streamwood.
A printing company employee out on her break picked up a tiny turtle and was immediately struck by its markings.
“Right away, to her it resembled the Virgin Mary,” said Ronnie Chavez in retelling his mom’s Saturday morning tale.
The painted turtle — about the size of a half-dollar — was wandering across the parking lot. Chavez’s mother, Gricelda, intended to move it to the safety of a pond, but the turtle flipped over when she reached down, revealing the pattern on the bottom of its shell.
“It caused a big stir. [Co-workers] came over. They were taking pictures,” said Chavez.
The reptile, now nicknamed Holy Turtle, was taken home and is temporarily living in a new container and has been offered a bit of food.
“I honestly don’t make too much of it. It’s a coincidence of the pattern, but my mom is a little bit more religious — Catholic. She’s not taking it too serious, but of course it’s kind of a big deal,” said Chavez.
The date of the find is not lost on his family.
“I just thought it was kind of funny since today was supposed to be the big Doomsday,” he said.