sleepypixie:

hey! I have a russian tortoise and I am going to have a small bird soon, I was wondering if you know if it is safe to keep them in the same room? I’m having trouble finding out via google search.

Hey! Congrats on your growing animal family 🙂

I’m assuming they’ll have separate enclosures? If that’s the case I don’t see too much opportunity for trouble to be made when they’re both in their individual secure spaces. 

The problems come in when the bird is out of its enclosure and able to fly around, roam free. You’ve got a heat lamp that can burn, be knocked over and hurt your tortoise, and even start a fire. That’s the *biggest* issue I can forsee.  Well that and your bird trying to get a ride out of the tortoise taxi and earning a side eye 🙂 I’d bet you won’t get more than an annoyed side eye from your Russian. The new bird isn’t a nom and isn’t something recognizable as nom related, so clearly tortie has better things to think about 😉  

I did some searching before responding to you as I’m not a bird expert (or any expert really), and I did read a bit about the potential for a bird to pick up bacteria (that are are carried by tortoises but not an issue for them) and falling ill. Nothing that gave any cited info just a couple people mentioning it. Definitely something to think about before letting them interact at all. 

So, now comes the time where I’ve babbled far beyond my limited knowledge and ask kindly if anyone else has any thoughts??

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tortoise-adventures:

Hilda Update

Poor hilda took a turn for the worst and her rescuer rushed her to the vet. They had to sedate her in order to do an examination, X-Rays and take bloods, as well as possibly fit a feeding tube. The vet managed to get a bit of blood but it looked odd and gaseous – results showred she had liver impairment and in the end was unable to recover the anaesthetic. Unfortunately for Hilda it was all too late and she didn’t make it. 

But she’s no longer suffering, free of pain and was at least given one day with a lamp to warm her back and someone who cared enough to try.

I’m so sorry to hear she didn’t make but you’re right.. she’s not suffering. She’s suffered enough already. Hopefully she will help teach others with her legacy. :s

rhamphotheca:

WORK IN CURRENT HERPETOLOGY:

Sea Turtles Smell Nearby Shores

by Cameron Walker

A loggerhead sea turtle’s nose knows land. Sea turtles can migrate across the ocean and back, but while Earth’s magnetic field plays a role in their navigation, researchers have wondered what other tools turtles use to find safe harbor, particularly at smaller scales.

Loggerheads’ (Caretta caretta) olfactory systems can sense airborne odors, including food—could they sniff out nearby shores as well? To find out, researchers piped the scent of either distilled water or mud from North Carolina’s Sage Bay into the air above a juvenile loggerhead at swim in an arena.

Researchers report in this month’s issue of Marine Biology that when the scent of mud was in the air, the 10 turtles spent more time swimming with their heads above the water’s surface, compared with when distilled water was the only perfume…

(read more: Science News/AAAS)

photo: Courtney Endres

Submitted by teenagegodmomma :

Hi! I was recently given this little dude and I need soooo much help.

I don’t know what he is to begin with. 

I also need to know what to feed him, what to house him in, what the bedding should be, what kind of light to buy, how much light he needs and pretty much anything else I would need to know to care for this tiny guy. 

Right now he is in a hamster cage that is about a foot on all sides and he has a water dish that is big enough for him to soak in (he spends maybe 30 mins every day just chiling in it). It has clay in it and some rocks that he climbs on. I feed him worms that I buy from Walmart. I have just a regular lamp on him when I’m home.

I know this isn’t a good set up but I wasn’t planning on adopting a little friend and I really need some help!

If you could please email me with some advice at amandalyn0629@yahoo.com I would really appreciate it! 

Hey there! So I did some asking around and thanks to @oceanshamen ‘s help it seems like you’ve got a young Chinese Golden Thread (striped neck) turtle hatchling. They aren’t native, but have been found a lot in Florida.  A pond loving turtle that enjoys basking, so a pond/tank, basking platform, and some good UVB/UVA lighting is needed.  Can’t be sure, not seeing him/her in person and not being a vet. I’d say if you acquired him/her you’ll probably want to take a trip to a vet that specializes in exotics to ensure he/she is healthy, parasite free, and verify the set up. 

Anyone else have thoughts?? Answers enabled! 

From Western Mass. Turtle Rescue:

SCIENTIFIC NAME Ocadia sinensis

ADULT SIZE  Male   6” – 8”            Female   10” – 12”

DIET

An omnivorous turtle, but hatchlings and males tend to be more carnivorous feeding on insects, larvae, worms, crustaceans, and carrion, but will take in variety of water vegetation.

Females and older turtles will be primarily herbivorous.

TEMPERATURE RANGE (°F)

Air Temperature:  Low to mid 80s F

Basking Temperature:  Mid 80s F to mid 90s F

Water Temperature: Mid 70s F to mid 80s F

Captive-bred specimens usually acclimate readily to proper enclosures and be fairly parasite-free. Imported wild-caught Chinese Golden Threads require deparasitization which may be outside the newcomer’s experience or desire and must consult a reptile veterinarian

CAPTIVE HABITAT

An enthusiastic basking turtle that often spends most of the day basking. A heat lamp and UVB light source are essential. A submersible heater is recommended, but they can withstand cool temperatures when kept in an outdoor pond. It is recommended that they be over-wintered indoors. Some specimens may hibernate as well, but it is not recommended.

RECOMMENDED ENCLOSURE

For adult males, a minimum 55 gallon tank or larger, while females should have at least a 75 gallon tank. They are reasonably good swimmers and the water should be fairly deep, albeit with driftwood or other ‘tank furniture’ to provide resting areas near the surface. Ocadia sinensis are excellent turtles for ponds habitats and easy to care for

CAPTIVE DIET

Hatchlings will feed on insects, worms, dried shrimp, dried fish, turtle/fish pellets and water vegetation. Adults tend to be more herbivorous and will take in Anacharis, water lettuce, duckweed, other aquatic plants and varied leafy greens such as dandelions, romaine lettuce, kale, collards greens and etc. Always keep leafy greens or aquatic vegetation in the tank and feed turtle pellets sparingly two or three times a week to adults.

OTHER INFORMATION

A hardy turtle and a prolific breeder. However, many imported wild-caught specimens have nicks and pitting from shell rot and/or fungus. Due to the stresses of transit in bad conditions, wild-caught turtles may arrive dehydrated and stressed, making examining the prospective purchase or dealing with a trusted vendor necessary. Deparasitization is a must for wild-caught Chinese Golden Threads, while captive bred specimens are fairly easy to care for similarly to other basking species (cooters, sliders and painted turtles). However, mixing species from distant geographical regions is discouraged since it will increase the likelihood of exposing new diseases.

Hatchlings are highly attractive with light grey/green carapace and orange/yellow discontinuous stripes on the three keels. The striking long-tailed hatchlings, are active and popular pet turtles in Asia comparable to the popularity and availability of the Red Eared Slider (RES) of North America.

Even more info here on the World Chelonian Trust site

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Do it now! Its a 1 day vote so don’t wait! Spread the word! 

Why TSA needs a new Truck?

TSA staff and volunteers are hard at work at our new Turtle Survival Center (TSC) in South Carolina. In just six months, the team has moved 20 tons of sand, 30 tons of gravel, 60 tons of soil and built more than 6,300 square feet of enclosures – that’s a lot of heavy lifting! One of the critical needs at the TSC is a truck to help transport dirt, construction materials, people and even turtles. Turtles? Yes, turtles! Did you know that turtles and tortoises have quietly become the most endangered group of vertebrates in the world, with more than half of all species threatened with extinction? This is why we established the Turtle Survival Center and are working hard to transform it into a world-class turtle breeding facility. Our goal is to help prevent the extinction of animals that have very little chance of surviving in the wild due to poaching, habitat loss and other threats. To reach that goal, we need a truck!

Visit The TSA Facebook Page

About The Contest

Starting October 1 through November 19, it’s the voters’ turn to do their own good deed by voting for their favorite organizations and causes. All voters have to do is log in to their Facebook profile and use the 100 Cars for Good app to vote for the two organizations they want to support that day. Each afternoon, the previous day’s winners are announced and a fresh batch of five finalist organizations will be ready to compete for votes. Vote every day, because each vote counts and each day brings another two cars to deserving organizations.

DO IT! VOTE NOW! 

IMPORTANT – Turtle Survival Alliance needs your vote to get a much needed truck for their new conservation center!  They are in today’s running for toyota’s 100 cars for good contest.

Visit this link https://apps.facebook.com/carsforgood   And choose Turtle Survival Alliance as one of your votes! 

Do it now! Its a 1 day vote so don’t wait! Spread the word! 

Why TSA needs a new Truck?

TSA staff and volunteers are hard at work at our new Turtle Survival Center (TSC) in South Carolina. In just six months, the team has moved 20 tons of sand, 30 tons of gravel, 60 tons of soil and built more than 6,300 square feet of enclosures – that’s a lot of heavy lifting! One of the critical needs at the TSC is a truck to help transport dirt, construction materials, people and even turtles. Turtles? Yes, turtles! Did you know that turtles and tortoises have quietly become the most endangered group of vertebrates in the world, with more than half of all species threatened with extinction? This is why we established the Turtle Survival Center and are working hard to transform it into a world-class turtle breeding facility. Our goal is to help prevent the extinction of animals that have very little chance of surviving in the wild due to poaching, habitat loss and other threats. To reach that goal, we need a truck!

Visit The TSA Facebook Page

About The Contest

Starting October 1 through November 19, it’s the voters’ turn to do their own good deed by voting for their favorite organizations and causes. All voters have to do is log in to their Facebook profile and use the 100 Cars for Good app to vote for the two organizations they want to support that day. Each afternoon, the previous day’s winners are announced and a fresh batch of five finalist organizations will be ready to compete for votes. Vote every day, because each vote counts and each day brings another two cars to deserving organizations.

DO IT! VOTE NOW! 

IMPORTANT – Turtle Survival Alliance needs your vote to get a much needed truck for their new conservation center!  They are in today’s running for toyota’s 100 cars for good contest.

Visit this link https://apps.facebook.com/carsforgood   And choose Turtle Survival Alliance as one of your votes! 

Do it now! Its a 1 day vote so don’t wait! Spread the word! 

Why TSA needs a new Truck?

TSA staff and volunteers are hard at work at our new Turtle Survival Center (TSC) in South Carolina. In just six months, the team has moved 20 tons of sand, 30 tons of gravel, 60 tons of soil and built more than 6,300 square feet of enclosures – that’s a lot of heavy lifting! One of the critical needs at the TSC is a truck to help transport dirt, construction materials, people and even turtles. Turtles? Yes, turtles! Did you know that turtles and tortoises have quietly become the most endangered group of vertebrates in the world, with more than half of all species threatened with extinction? This is why we established the Turtle Survival Center and are working hard to transform it into a world-class turtle breeding facility. Our goal is to help prevent the extinction of animals that have very little chance of surviving in the wild due to poaching, habitat loss and other threats. To reach that goal, we need a truck!

Visit The TSA Facebook Page

About The Contest

Starting October 1 through November 19, it’s the voters’ turn to do their own good deed by voting for their favorite organizations and causes. All voters have to do is log in to their Facebook profile and use the 100 Cars for Good app to vote for the two organizations they want to support that day. Each afternoon, the previous day’s winners are announced and a fresh batch of five finalist organizations will be ready to compete for votes. Vote every day, because each vote counts and each day brings another two cars to deserving organizations.

DO IT! VOTE NOW! 

IMPORTANT – Turtle Survival Alliance needs your vote to get a much needed truck for their new conservation center!  They are in today’s running for toyota’s 100 cars for good contest.

Visit this link https://apps.facebook.com/carsforgood   And choose Turtle Survival Alliance as one of your votes! 

Do it now! Its a 1 day vote so don’t wait! Spread the word! 

Why TSA needs a new Truck?

TSA staff and volunteers are hard at work at our new Turtle Survival Center (TSC) in South Carolina. In just six months, the team has moved 20 tons of sand, 30 tons of gravel, 60 tons of soil and built more than 6,300 square feet of enclosures – that’s a lot of heavy lifting! One of the critical needs at the TSC is a truck to help transport dirt, construction materials, people and even turtles. Turtles? Yes, turtles! Did you know that turtles and tortoises have quietly become the most endangered group of vertebrates in the world, with more than half of all species threatened with extinction? This is why we established the Turtle Survival Center and are working hard to transform it into a world-class turtle breeding facility. Our goal is to help prevent the extinction of animals that have very little chance of surviving in the wild due to poaching, habitat loss and other threats. To reach that goal, we need a truck!

Visit The TSA Facebook Page

About The Contest

Starting October 1 through November 19, it’s the voters’ turn to do their own good deed by voting for their favorite organizations and causes. All voters have to do is log in to their Facebook profile and use the 100 Cars for Good app to vote for the two organizations they want to support that day. Each afternoon, the previous day’s winners are announced and a fresh batch of five finalist organizations will be ready to compete for votes. Vote every day, because each vote counts and each day brings another two cars to deserving organizations.

DO IT! VOTE NOW! 

Radiated tortoise in Madagascar with destroyed habitat. As the radiated tortoises are herbivores, grazing constitutes 80-90% of their diets, while they also eat fruits and succulent plants. They are known to graze regularly in the same area and are now endangered because of habitat destruction

Photograph: Gemma Catlin/Rex features

Radiated tortoise in Madagascar with destroyed habitat. As the radiated tortoises are herbivores, grazing constitutes 80-90% of their diets, while they also eat fruits and succulent plants. They are known to graze regularly in the same area and are now endangered because of habitat destruction

Photograph: Gemma Catlin/Rex features

tortoise-adventures:

George has entered a competition!

He donned a tortoise sandwich board to enter into a competition and has a favour to ask! The first prize is a Reptiland rain system which he and Phoebe really need for their humidity levels, but i can’t afford it, so he was wondering if his friends here would help him out and go to this link to vote for him via facebook. I think he is on page 1 or 4 and it’ll be this photo entered. If you enter (UK only) then message back and we’ll vote for you –  be it this competition or another 🙂

tortoise-adventures:

George has entered a competition!

He donned a tortoise sandwich board to enter into a competition and has a favour to ask! The first prize is a Reptiland rain system which he and Phoebe really need for their humidity levels, but i can’t afford it, so he was wondering if his friends here would help him out and go to this link to vote for him via facebook. I think he is on page 1 or 4 and it’ll be this photo entered. If you enter (UK only) then message back and we’ll vote for you –  be it this competition or another 🙂