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...
You may think tortoises are slow, but it can take finesse to get multiple animals to hold on their stations at the same time. Just getting started with this behavior in this session. These sulcatas are learning machines! Eventually these 100lb + animals will learn to wait their turn get on a scale for health checks. #tortoise #tortoises #tortoisetraining #sulcatatortoise #sulcata #sulcatas #sulcatasofinstagram #zooanimal #zooanimalsofinstagram #postivereinforcement #postivereinforcementtraining #targettraining #stationing (at Santa Barbara Zoo)
More research proving we tortoises are smarter than you thought.
Juvenile Loggerhead found swimming behind a rock ledge on Sullivan’s Island. Diagnosed with Debilitated Turtle Syndrome. Had poor bloodwork, was severely emaciated, and had been entangled in fishing line.
Treatments: Antibiotics, vitamins, clean tank water, nutritious food, and time.
(Sully was sleeping; the turtles like to put their heads in enclosed spaces for protection, that tube is there for that and is part of their enrichment!)
Aww sleep well Sully, we hope you’re getting better and will get back to your home in the ocean asap.
of our proudest achievements…hatching the poorly understood Padloper
Tortoise (Homopus areolatus) at our conservation center.
These animals were once imported by
the hundreds but almost all died as these animals are some of the most
fragile in the world and do not make good captives. They are native to
very specific Fynbos and Karoo habitat in South Africa.
(a baby is pictured)
Fragile species with a fierce soul. Congratulations @turtletweets !! You do great work.