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 Post subject: Tortoise rescue, advice needed.
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:06 pm 
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I have just come across a tortoise close to my home while walking my dogs. I have brought it home with me and want to keep it safe for a few days until all the veld burning is over. Once the burning is done, I'll put it back in the veld. (last year I found a burnt dead tortoise close to this area). :cry:

Can anyone give me advice on what to feed it and what kind of shelter it would need. This morning the temperature was -5 degrees. Any input would be much appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: Tortoise rescue, advice needed.
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MM my late father had a beeeeg tortoise, he provided shelter for it by putting out a wooden box with an opening for it to get in and out. If I can remember correctly, he fed it lettuce and veggie peels .it seemed very happy and lived there for many years, It also ate grass and leaves from some of the plants in the garden

Those were the years when one was allowed to keep them, I don't think you are allowed to anymore, I'm sure you will be doing the poor thing a favour so when you release it again don't be surprised it it comes back to your place :D

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I have filled an old cat box with leaves and bush. I hope that keeps it from dying of frost bite. I'll see what I can find tomorrow in the food line.

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 Post subject: Re: Tortoise rescue, advice needed.
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I agree wit Carol g, MM :thumbs_up: .

I also had a tortoise when I was still a young guy and also fed him lettuce and veggie peels. I had a little camp that I kept him in and he ate the grass as well :D .

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I have a confession to make. The blighter is not a tortoise but a terrapin. :redface: :redface: :redface: I did suspect it might be one, but could not be 100% sure. When he escaped from the enclosure and went for my cats... :hmz: that a eat eating predator.

He has been taken down to the river and set free. They are burning here tomorrow, so he would probably have died on his way to water.

Goodness, they are aggressive. :big_eyes: I have never seen a terrapin that size in Kruger.

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 Post subject: Re: Tortoise rescue, advice needed.
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Oops MM, didn't know they were so aggressive :big_eyes: just as well you took him to the river, your poor cats would not have been impressed being attacked by him :doh:

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Carol, I once picked one up crossing a busy road. He really gave me quite a nip. So much for ''thanks for saving my life''. :roll: We have quite a few here.

In Kobie Kruger's one book she speaks about her experience with terrapins and you really do need to keep your fingers out the way.

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No going off to save that Mole Snake now :naughty:

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Carol, I once picked one up crossing a busy road. He really gave me quite a nip. So much for ''thanks for saving my life''. :roll: We have quite a few here.

In Kobie Kruger's one book she speaks about her experience with terrapins and you really do need to keep your fingers out the way.


:big_eyes: one pretty unthankful terrapin you saved MM :doh:

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 Post subject: Re: Tortoise rescue, advice needed.
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Scottm wrote:
No going off to save that Mole Snake now :naughty:


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Terrapins are like cats, gratitude is not a natural instinct. :wink: I have a feral living in my house and he does exactly the same.

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