Today is World Turtle Day, and at my request some readers have sent in their pet turtles (and two furry “turtles”). Here are their photos and notes (indented):
Reader Divy Figueroa sent several turtles:
My husband and I house many turtles from all over the world. Here are some pics of some of the species we currently keep and are hoping to breed.I labeled them with their common name and scientific name.And since it is World Cat day everyday for us cat lovers, I also attached a pic of my two furry rascals, Jango and Boba Fett.
Adult male Flat-shell turtle (Notochelys platynota); Indonesia:
Baby Red-headed Amazon Side Neck Turtles (Podocnemis erythrocephala):
Male Forest Hingeback Tortoise (Kinixys erosa); Togo:
Jango and Boba Fett:
I might have mentioned our turtle Gimpy before. Gimpy is not a pet, but rather a free and unfettered Terrapene carolina who visits the house from time to time. He hasn’t shown up yet this year and we are getting a bit concerned. Gimpy has gone two years without coming to the patio before. We’re always glad to see him.
Gimpy got his name from a damaged hindlimb. He lost a claw somehow, but the stump was completely healed when we first saw him. It doesn’t seem to slow him down at all, but he’s a tortoise, so who knows. You see that scar on his carapace? I did that by accident a few years ago. I was running the weed whacker and stuck it under the edge of a rhododendron and heard a “whop, whop.” I thought it was a plastic bucket, but it was Gimpy. I apologized and set him up with a gimpburger and a mojito.
From reader Christopher, who sent three:
Wednesday is World Turtle Day, so here are two box turtles (ok, tortoises) I recently found inhabiting my field next to a creek in Missouri, an hour south of KC. The first is Terrepene ornata and the second is Terrepene carolina triunguis.
And another Missouri turtle, Chelydra serpentina [snapping turtle], with a funky front foot, that I picked up from a busy road.
A quick note about turtles and tortoises. According to www.turtleconservancy.org/trouble, more than half of the 356 species are threatened with extinction, for usual reasons (poaching, pet trade, habitat destruction) including Rafetus swinhoei (2 males, 1 female left), the ploughshare tortoise, Astrochelys yniphira of Madagascar, and nearly every member of the genus Cuora in Asia and the genus Batagur in Southeast Asia, just to name a few.
From reader Lee Beringsmith:
My two photos for Turtle day.
These are our pet Red-Footed Tortoises (Chelonoidis carbonaria) enjoying their breakfast.
This is our cement garden decoration that survived a terrible fire we had at our ranch last summer. Lost the beautiful paint job in the flames but has earned a place in our future landscape (Chelonoidis Concretia).
And from reader Mark Richardson:
Here’s a couple of Red-Eared Slider pics (Trachemys scripta elegans). She’s named “Big Mama”.