jovski:

Hatching is a tiring business! Nora is having a lie in today. She’ll sit, absorb that yolk sac and relax. We’ll try breaking out a little more tomorrow 🙂

even only pre-hatching our shell friends are wiser than we are. Rest, relax, and do a little more tomorrow. #thatsthewaytolive 

jovski:

Hatching is a tiring business! Nora is having a lie in today. She’ll sit, absorb that yolk sac and relax. We’ll try breaking out a little more tomorrow 🙂

even only pre-hatching our shell friends are wiser than we are. Rest, relax, and do a little more tomorrow. #thatsthewaytolive 

jovski:

Hatching is a tiring business! Nora is having a lie in today. She’ll sit, absorb that yolk sac and relax. We’ll try breaking out a little more tomorrow 🙂

even only pre-hatching our shell friends are wiser than we are. Rest, relax, and do a little more tomorrow. #thatsthewaytolive 

Zoya is climbing out of her enclosure to give her humom a snuggle and apologize to you all for the late responses to asks. Humom is so silly and wants to respond in detail, but its not happing on time cause she has had a really rough week. As usual, it takes a wise and agile shell to set her straight. 

She’s drawn up some enclosure schematics and promises to get posting them as soon as she gets a good night sleep (hopefully in her bed and not on the couch, cause she snores, and this spidey shell needs her beauty rest! Best guess on timing is tomorrow or Wednesday… she’s like a tortoise stereotype „, so slow. gaw. ) 

Oh, and she says thanks to all who send aks and submissions. They make Tort-time extra awesome. 

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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Nothing better than hangin’ by the pool on a summers day. Hydration is important for staying healthy and maintaining your good looks (it also lends itself to quality photos for the paparazzi)

bgboydphoto:

#desert #tortoise #soak #reptile #herping #turtleworld #insta_turtle_addicts #turtlegram #reptilesofig #instateptile #igerstucson #photooftheday #bestoftheday #_iliketurtles

Nothing better than hangin’ by the pool on a summers day. Hydration is important for staying healthy and maintaining your good looks (it also lends itself to quality photos for the paparazzi)

bgboydphoto:

#desert #tortoise #soak #reptile #herping #turtleworld #insta_turtle_addicts #turtlegram #reptilesofig #instateptile #igerstucson #photooftheday #bestoftheday #_iliketurtles

Now that is one comfy desert tortoise! What a nice burrow! I think I saw one like that on Burrow Hunters International. 

bgboydphoto:

One of my desert tortoises in his newly dug burrow. #reptile #herping #burrow #tortoise #turtle #animals #animal #pet #photooftheday #cute #pets #instagood #animales #cute #nature #animallovers #pets_of_instagram #igerstucson #instagramaz

Now that is one comfy desert tortoise! What a nice burrow! I think I saw one like that on Burrow Hunters International. 

bgboydphoto:

One of my desert tortoises in his newly dug burrow. #reptile #herping #burrow #tortoise #turtle #animals #animal #pet #photooftheday #cute #pets #instagood #animales #cute #nature #animallovers #pets_of_instagram #igerstucson #instagramaz

bgboydphoto:

One of my #desert #tortoise didn’t even wait for me to plant this dichondra! #turtle #tortoise #animal #reptile #igerstucson #testudine #herping

HA! zoya did the same thing, I was queueing that up for next week.. but I’d say that tray of plants was about the same size as she is.. This shell has noming confidence!