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Arielluria
10-16-2007, 04:37 PM
I rescued this little guy off a major road today, cars going by at 55 mph.

He's the smallest one I've seen around these parts......I have an area with trees just off my patio which I would like to make a little habitat for him/her..............I'm calling her Fiona for now :teehee:........DH doesn't agree with name, so is trying to come up with a better one.

So now what??????????? Any tortoise owners out there???? Tips please!

MellieThePooh
10-16-2007, 04:38 PM
I rescued this little guy off a major road today, cars going by at 55 mph.

He's the smallest one I've seen around these parts......I have an area with trees just off my patio which I would like to make a little habitat for him/her..............I'm calling her Fiona for now :teehee:........DH doesn't agree with name, so is trying to come up with a better one.

So now what??????????? Any tortoise owners out there???? Tips please!

Wait...are you planning on keeping him? Reptiles are hardy things, you could probably just turn him loose if you wanted.

rachejm
10-16-2007, 04:48 PM
So now what??????????? Any tortoise owners out there???? Tips please!

I'd google it!

ecb
10-16-2007, 05:12 PM
kingsnake.com (http://forums.kingsnake.com/)
The tortoise forum is lower right on the page
OR
if you are willing to look through till you ind the right breed/kind
a BAZILLION care sheets (http://www.tortoise.org/cttc1.html)on tortoises

stitchwitch
10-16-2007, 05:32 PM
Check to see if it's legal to keep it. I know around here there's a few tortoise varieties that are illegal to have. I'd just let it go, he'll be more happy in his own little world doing what he does best.

Arielluria
10-16-2007, 05:41 PM
I'm considering it. Although I'd like to do it somewhere where there is less traffic.......I'm ALWAYS stopping to save these little guys.

newamy
10-16-2007, 06:03 PM
Check with your local animal rescue-to make sure it is indiginous and not an import-that's where the legal thing come in. Maybe someone lost their turtle. Or maybe there is a turtle rescue program.

bellium
10-16-2007, 06:18 PM
someone once left a red-eared slider on my doorstep (and i know it didn't get up there on its own, turtles don't climb stairs), and i was able to locate a turtle rescue organization - one of its members came and took the turtle. i would check first to see if that tortoise is native to your area - if it is, find a good spot and let it go - if not, try a turtle rescue - even if you decide not to give it to them, but to keep it, they will have good advice on diet and housing.

stitchwitch
10-16-2007, 06:38 PM
Here's some info about the three types of tortoises in the US. It does say that the Texas tortoise cannot be removed from it's habitat if that's indeed what it is.
http://www.sdturtle.org/CALIF%20DESERT_TEXAS%20TORTOISE_CARE_SHEET.htm

stitchwitch
10-16-2007, 06:40 PM
more info http://chelonia.org/Articles/PDFS/Texas%20tortoise.pdf

Arielluria
10-16-2007, 06:51 PM
Thanks. I have contacted the Gulf Coast turtle rescue.
Considering I live in the country, and even on the side of the street from which came the turtle, it cannot be considered that I moved it out of its habitat...........:teehee:

stitchwitch
10-16-2007, 06:55 PM
It could be a box turtle also, supposedly there are a couple varieties in your area. I tried to do a match by the picture you posted and none of the guys I found seem to match it that well. I'm curious now, at least it's not one of those alligator snapping turtles that we have. :teehee: I doubt you'll do any prison time for removing him from a busy road and preventing him from being squished. If so, I'll bail you out. :roflhard:

Arielluria
10-16-2007, 07:10 PM
Thanks ;) Nice to know you got my back!
:muah:

I've rescued MANY turtles/tortoises before....I always feel guilty about keeping them........even though I want to build a LARGE area for one or two........and I always end up letting them go.:shock: BUT with all the development around my area, all the animal life is dying away, the deer, even snakes and squirrels are almost non-existent now. I even miss the raccoons!

figaro
10-16-2007, 07:49 PM
http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/%5BIMG%5Dhttp://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i25/hum39/Nov603_edited.jpg%5B/IMG%5DI once found a box turtle in my yard, my local reptile store told me it was a Eastern ox turtle and they are native to the east coast. Hubby and I built a large pen with wood sides in the back yard, I put a little "pond" in there and researched food. I think I had him for about a year or so before he escaped somehow :??.

stitchwitch
10-16-2007, 10:38 PM
We came across an Eastern Box turtle in the road by our mountain house. Mind you, this is something like 4000 feet above sea level up a mountain. We drove over it (not on it) and both of us guys just looked at each other and said "was that a turtle?????". Sure enough. I got out and went back to make sure he got off of the road, he thanked me by peeing all over me. :teehee: I have no idea how he got up there, all I can imagine is his family over the past few hundred years must have slowly crawled further up the mountain until they got to the top. That or somebody let it go up there.

AnnaT
10-16-2007, 11:42 PM
That's a cute one! Here's my two cents: I think you should take him way out somewhere and let him go. I've rescued three big tortoises this year and took them to a protected wildlife area near my home.

Now! Having said that, my MIL has a Hermann's Tortoise in her garden which just appeared one day several years ago. We are quite attached to Agnes, and feed her salad and occasionally a small amount of fruit for a treat. She also eats grasses and other things growing in the garden. She is quite spoiled and will bite your toe if you don't bring her cucumbers. :mrgreen: The wildlife control officer we called said it's illegal here to deal in or possess the eggs, but not the tortoises themselves. She's energetic and successfully hibernates every winter. As a matter of fact, she's pretty groggy now and will probably not be awake for more than another couple of weeks. She always wakes up around the first week of April.

jjminarcik
10-17-2007, 01:16 AM
Lu! I know nothing about tortoises, but Fiona is adorable!!!

Sharly
10-17-2007, 09:25 AM
Can't help you with your question, but here's a funny story: The last time I stopped to move a turtle from the road, we were on the way home from work and I was in a skirt and heels. We passed the little guy, and hubby turned around to go back, stopping just behind it. I got out of the car and when I reached for the turtle, it ran! I mean, really ran! But, it was going further into the road. So, I went after it, and didn't realize how much the road banked (it was in a curve), and down I went! I rolled like an egg across the pavement, but managed to jump back up, somehow! By then, the turtle had turned and was going the other way! (I've always heard to put them on the side of the road they were headed to, so now I was a little confused). At this point I was determined this turtle wasn't going to outrun me, and I eventually did scoop it up and take it to the side of the road where it was initally headed! When I got back in the car, hubby was in a fit of laughter! Thank goodness no one else was around to see my display of grace!

Arielluria
10-17-2007, 05:59 PM
:roflhard::roflhard::roflhard:

Arielluria
10-17-2007, 06:02 PM
Turns out he's just a box turtle, called a 3 Toed Box Turtle like this:
http://www.gctts.org/database-ro/adoption/images/99.jpg
(that's not the one I found, but the head markings look just like it).........

We renamed it "Hilts" for now............after Hilts, Steve McQueen's character the "Cooler King" in the movie (true life story): The Great Escape (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057115/) because he escaped 3 times yesterday afternoon. :teehee:

Arielluria
10-18-2007, 02:51 PM
Here's a hilarious turtle/cat video on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul0gfCyeiyM)
:roflhard: