themarveloustort:

Good news everyone! My indoor clovers and grass have sprouted and are ready for noms!!!

HEAVEN IS HERE! 

That is so awesome 😀 look at you crawling in the noms garden. Its a good thing you’re not bigger. You’d have that nomed quicker than your human can say CHOMP.

taliaandrobin:

Turns out he’s a she!

Zoya, is her new name.

A Russian name for a Russian tortoise!

Hey! My name is Zoya too! but I have pants 😀 

I like your bow. you need some UVB lights so you can grow big and strong too. It helps you escape baths and baffle your human with your climbing skills 😀

The Detroit zoological society has stepped up to care for the turtles and tortoises confiscated from a man attempting to smuggle them onto a flight to China. He has been identified as part of a larger ring of smugglers under investigation, including another man found with 50+ tortoises in his pants. 

Hopes are high for many of these little shells, though not all will come through unscathed (or at all). Thankfully they are in good hands and will be provided quality care till they are healthy after which they’ll hopefully be sent to some high quality forever homes. 

(Source: Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Zoo is caring for the more than a thousand turtles that were found stuffed in rubber snow boots and cereal boxes last week inside a Canadian man’s luggage at Detroit’s Metro Airport.

The man was arrested by federal agents before he could board a flight to Shanghai, China, with the contraband turtles.

Authorities say the incident is connected to an international smuggling ring led by another Canadian man, KaiXu, who attempted to cross the Detroit-Windsor border in August with 51 turtles concealed in his pants. Xu was charged with federal smuggling crimes for trying to return to Windsor with the live reptiles tucked in baggies around his legs, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

Gavin Shire with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which investigated the case against Xu, said there’s a demand for turtles in Asia, adding that there’s “a lot of both illegal and unregulated turtle consumption.”

The Detroit Zoological Society was contacted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents and asked to assist with the turtles’ care while the investigation is under way, according to a press release from the zoo.

The 1,007 confiscated turtles are mostly juvenile hatchlings that are less than a month old. According to the zoo, more than 750 Diamondback Terrapins, red-necked pond turtles, spotted turtles, wood turtles, Blanding’s turtles, red-eared sliders and African spur-thighed tortoises were among the confiscated reptiles.

“The conditions of the turtles vary. It isn’t surprising that some are not doing well given the way they were being smuggled,” said Scott Carter, DZS chief life sciences officer in a statement. “Most are not of conservation concern, but some are endangered species.”

The turtles are being housed behind the scenes at the zoo as reptile staff work to provide proper care and diets. Once the investigation is complete, the turtles will be transferred back to the USFWS for permanent placement.

The Detroit zoological society has stepped up to care for the turtles and tortoises confiscated from a man attempting to smuggle them onto a flight to China. He has been identified as part of a larger ring of smugglers under investigation, including another man found with 50+ tortoises in his pants. 

Hopes are high for many of these little shells, though not all will come through unscathed (or at all). Thankfully they are in good hands and will be provided quality care till they are healthy after which they’ll hopefully be sent to some high quality forever homes. 

(Source: Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Zoo is caring for the more than a thousand turtles that were found stuffed in rubber snow boots and cereal boxes last week inside a Canadian man’s luggage at Detroit’s Metro Airport.

The man was arrested by federal agents before he could board a flight to Shanghai, China, with the contraband turtles.

Authorities say the incident is connected to an international smuggling ring led by another Canadian man, KaiXu, who attempted to cross the Detroit-Windsor border in August with 51 turtles concealed in his pants. Xu was charged with federal smuggling crimes for trying to return to Windsor with the live reptiles tucked in baggies around his legs, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

Gavin Shire with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which investigated the case against Xu, said there’s a demand for turtles in Asia, adding that there’s “a lot of both illegal and unregulated turtle consumption.”

The Detroit Zoological Society was contacted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents and asked to assist with the turtles’ care while the investigation is under way, according to a press release from the zoo.

The 1,007 confiscated turtles are mostly juvenile hatchlings that are less than a month old. According to the zoo, more than 750 Diamondback Terrapins, red-necked pond turtles, spotted turtles, wood turtles, Blanding’s turtles, red-eared sliders and African spur-thighed tortoises were among the confiscated reptiles.

“The conditions of the turtles vary. It isn’t surprising that some are not doing well given the way they were being smuggled,” said Scott Carter, DZS chief life sciences officer in a statement. “Most are not of conservation concern, but some are endangered species.”

The turtles are being housed behind the scenes at the zoo as reptile staff work to provide proper care and diets. Once the investigation is complete, the turtles will be transferred back to the USFWS for permanent placement.

You should always move a turtle or tortoise in the road in the direction its heading… but what if its walking down the middle of the road? And what if its a giant Sulcata? 

A head strong tortoise will not be deterred.. and this one either wandered away or set out on an African spur thighed tortoise sized adventure. Hope he/she finds its home soon! 

(Source Brentwoodgaztte.co.uk 

A GIANT tortoise brought traffic to a standstill in Brentwood on Sunday.

The reptile, measuring about 18in long, brought traffic to a halt as it walked up the middle of Hanging Hill Lane early on Sunday evening.

The bizarre sight was spotted by a number of motorists including Rachel McCourt, who was stuck behind the large reptile as she drove along the road at about 5.30pm.

She said: “There was genuinely just a massive tortoise walking down the road on Hanging Hill Lane until this bloke moved it.

“It was just walking in the middle with loads of cars behind – the funniest thing.”

Rachel had been in the passenger seat with her mother behind the wheel in a line of traffic heading towards Rayleigh Road at the time.

The 18-year-old St Martins School student said: “It was just opposite Park Avenue. There were two cars on the side of the road where people got out of their cars. Mum thought there had been a crash.

“But there was this massive tortoise walking up the road in the centre towards Hutton. It was so strange.

“One of the guys put it on the side of the road but it just kept walking up the road. It was so weird. It was massive though. I’ve never seen anything like that it was huge.

“We came back about 30 minutes later and it was gone.”

Are you the owner of the tortoise? Did you see it on Sunday?

Call the news desk on 01245 602732 or e-mail piers.meyler@gazettenews.co.uk