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    These little ones survived almost instant hibernation, shock, and me learning how to care for them.
    these are called Marginated tortoises. They're land turtles.

    The biggest one is called, " Centi" (my dh said it looks like it has a centipede shape on its back)

    The 2 biggest one is called, "Bless" (for they're blessed to survived the trip.

    The smallest one is called, "Ari" for my friend Aristotle.
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    I was expecting a quilt....LOL I got a good chuckle.

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    Wow - you saved them from death? Did you already know how to take care of them? I would have had no idea.

    They are adorable little guys.

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    Your tortoise' are gorgeous. Many years ago (abougt 40 years) our neighbors were motorcycling across the Nevada desert and found a land turtle crossing the road. They picked it up, put him in the saddlebag and brought him home. They had him for about 15 years and loved him very much. He died rather suddenly without being sick or acting sick so they did some research on turtles via local vets and the zoo. Apparently they suspect the bagged lettuce they fed him MIGHT have had a chemical used in the washing of the lettuce or ??? that had something to do with his sudden demise. They had never fed him the bagged lettuce until the last day...they had always used fresh leaf lettuce so that was the best answer for the sudden death. Just info. Don't know if it's at all valid. Enjoy your new pets. My neighbors really enjoyed their old boy. Theirs loved to have the top of his head rubbed and he liked his feet and legs gently massaged. He'd slowly follow her from room to room so she was always worried about stepping on him but they said he was a wonderful pet and they missed him when he died.

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    How sweet!! Those are a great species of tortoise because full grown they only get 10-12 inches long compared to the several hundred pounds other species get ... But this species can live for 80+ years so I would definitely prepare for that :)

    I have seven African spur-thigh tortoises and absolutely LOVE them!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by frugalfabrics
    Wow - you saved them from death? Did you already know how to take care of them? I would have had no idea.

    They are adorable little guys.
    There are tons of great websites for people with reptile pets and if you ever have questions you can feel free to PM me! I work at a zoo and my husband has a degree in herpetology so between the two of us and our sources, we would love to help however we can!! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by geckogirl
    How sweet!! Those are a great species of tortoise because full grown they only get 10-12 inches long compared to the several hundred pounds other species get ... But this species can live for 80+ years so I would definitely prepare for that :)

    I have seven African spur-thigh tortoises and absolutely LOVE them!!!
    I have one and 2 Russians, 2 Razor Backs, 1 Painted and 1 Aligator Snapper. Can we see pics of your 7?

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    Quote Originally Posted by turtlerouge
    These little ones survived almost instant hibernation, shock, and me learning how to care for them.
    these are called Marginated tortoises. They're land turtles.

    The biggest one is called, " Centi" (my dh said it looks like it has a centipede shape on its back)

    The 2 biggest one is called, "Bless" (for they're blessed to survived the trip.

    The smallest one is called, "Ari" for my friend Aristotle.
    Beautiful!

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    Really? boy, would I love to have 1 or 2 of the Sulcatas. but, my dg asked what would happen to them after we die?

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    Cute! Are they tiny?!

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    Oh man, do I have questions of how to care for these little ones. The breeder shipped them from Va to me Dec. 30, when the temps were freezing, she didn't put on the outside of the box, "Live animals" via Fedex, so when they reached Pitts Airport, they were delayed by freezing rain for 8 hrs. By the time I picked them up and they were pretty cold, so i soaked them in lukewarm water on a lid, they showed signs of life by opening their tiny mouths.
    I took them home, soaked them again, and again they were opening their mouths. I thought they were hungry, I put some marzuri mush on my finger & they wouldn't eat it, I put them under a heat lamp, but not directly over top of them and again, they opened their mouths. I emailed the breeder and told her what I did, but she said that I was killing them. She told me that I was worse than Fedex and it any care instructions before I got them nor after. She demanded me not to contact her again, she blackballed me as a person who is cruel to animals and that I should seek med. attention for mental disease. I was fuming. I'm doing the best that I know how to care for them from reading the internet.

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    Aww they are so cute :D:D:D

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    Turtlerouge, there are fanatics out there for any species. YOu rock so don't be befundled. LOL. Love the cuties. HOw fun. I had a very large Iguana for a while and even took him to the doctor to have an absessesed tooth removed. He charges 10.0 if the iguana bit hiom or slapped him with his 7 ft tail. LOL. So I know exotic pets asre wonderful. Thanks for sharing them. Forget whatshername!!!! Her bad, not yours. *H*U*G*S*

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    Yes, they are approx 2 -3 months old. About 2 or 2 1/2" at least Centi may be.

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    Wow, thank you for your confidence in me! I have to try and find a herptologist in my state. So, I'm enjoying the tiny creatures that God has made. He sure does great work, doesn't He?

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    I was just thinking, did you know you can actually buy a skunk that is fixed? And when I applied to get one the sent me a "book" on their care and it was so technical and strict. Go figure. Enjoy your babies, they look so fun. I would be watching them daily to figure out their individual personalities. Have fun with them.

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    I will and thank you for your response Deb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feathers
    Your tortoise' are gorgeous. Many years ago (abougt 40 years) our neighbors were motorcycling across the Nevada desert and found a land turtle crossing the road. They picked it up, put him in the saddlebag and brought him home. They had him for about 15 years and loved him very much. He died rather suddenly without being sick or acting sick so they did some research on turtles via local vets and the zoo. Apparently they suspect the bagged lettuce they fed him MIGHT have had a chemical used in the washing of the lettuce or ??? that had something to do with his sudden demise. They had never fed him the bagged lettuce until the last day...they had always used fresh leaf lettuce so that was the best answer for the sudden death. Just info. Don't know if it's at all valid. Enjoy your new pets. My neighbors really enjoyed their old boy. Theirs loved to have the top of his head rubbed and he liked his feet and legs gently massaged. He'd slowly follow her from room to room so she was always worried about stepping on him but they said he was a wonderful pet and they missed him when he died.
    That's sad about the lettuce. Your kitten is too cute! Pics like this usually get me in trouble because I start looking for one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by turtlerouge
    Wow, thank you for your confidence in me! I have to try and find a herptologist in my state. So, I'm enjoying the tiny creatures that God has made. He sure does great work, doesn't He?
    I think you're awesome and it was an honest mistake. I've made them with my rescues. It just happens. Keep up the good work!

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    I have a red ear slider that is almost 4 years old. I picked her up out of the road when she was just a tiny baby. Her shell was about the size of a quarter! She lives in a 125 gallon aquarium with a Pleco for company. It's amazing how much personality these things have!

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    HI Melinda, I've 2 red-earred sliders & I got them from the pet store when they were a quarter size last Nov. 23 rd for my birthday. Now, a yr later, on my birthday this yr. I measured the female and she is 8 1/2" long and the male is 6 1/2" long.

    She grew 8" in 1 yr. I feed them goldfish, guppies, waxworms, mealworms, nightcrawlers, and dried shrimp.

    I just love watching them swim and now, the babies movements. I keep saying, ooh, they are moving around.

    Id love to get a Sulcata someday.

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    How large did she grow in that size tank? Man, my Cecil would be a HUGE monster in there.

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    Wow! Your's is much bigger than mine! I just feed her turtle bites. Maybe I need to get her some live food. Her shell is maybe 6 inches long, front to rear, at almost 4 years old.

    Here in Oklahoma, every spring, they are just everywhere! I live on the Arkansas River, so that may have something to do with it. You see them crossing the road frequently that time of year. I can't save them all tho!

    She started out in a 20 gallon tank with just a little water in it, and in the summer I moved her to an outdoor 90 gallon fish pond. When the 20 gallon got a little small for winter time use, I moved her to the 125 gallon tank in the house where she now lives year round. I would really prefer she not get huge! Yes, she has a wonderfully big tank but I don't dare put tropical fish in it anymore, I'm afraid she would eat them, :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by turtlerouge
    These little ones survived almost instant hibernation, shock, and me learning how to care for them.
    these are called Marginated tortoises. They're land turtles.

    The biggest one is called, " Centi" (my dh said it looks like it has a centipede shape on its back)

    The 2 biggest one is called, "Bless" (for they're blessed to survived the trip.

    The smallest one is called, "Ari" for my friend Aristotle.
    They are so cute and sweet!!

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    i would love to have one, have wanted one for a long time, but my husband said they would dig up the drip system lines, i hope you have them for a long time.

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