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Photo Wednesday: Box turtle inside its shell

Box turtle inside its shell

Box turtle inside its shell

I find box turtle shell patterns to be pretty. You can appreciate them more when the turtle is hiding in its shell.

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Art Monday: Yellow-Spotted Amazon River Turtle in Balbina Lake

This Art Monday piece called my attention because of the ripples in the water. Found it interesting. Hope you do, too:

Yellow-Spotted Amazon River Turtle in Balbina Lake

Yellow-Spotted Amazon River Turtle in Balbina Lake

Yellow-Spotted Amazon River Turtle in Balbina Lake – Photographic Print







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Friday Finds: Caring For Your Pet Turtle DVD

Just in case any parents out there are planning on getting your kids turtles for Christmas, here is a last minute Friday Find – a care DVD you can order to gift with the turtle!

Caring For Your Pet Turtle DVD

Caring For Your Pet Turtle DVD

Caring For Your Pet Turtle DVD







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Art Monday: Patchwork

I seem to have run out of videos for the time being. As it turns out, turtle videos tend to be more popular during the summers months. (I’m sure you can imagine why.) So for now, I’m converting this column into an art column to feature turtle art I find on the internet. If you know anyone who creates turtle art or if you yourself create turtle art, please let me know!

Without further ado, here is the first piece of featured art!

Patchwork Patchwork

Michela Galassi Patchwork – Art Print


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Friday Finds: Turtle Bean Bag Doorstop

Sorry for the lack of Friday Finds columns! It’s been a little crazy around here as we sleep train our little one… Didn’t realize I missed getting a few new posts up.

This week, I love this Friday Find! How cute is this turtle doorstop? Definitely need one in my stocking!

Turtle Bean Bag Doorstop by tag® Turtle Bean Bag Doorstop by tag®

Hold your door open with this Turtle Bean Bag Doorstop by tag. Filled with mini stones and poly fill, this printed design turtle doorstop adds a little character to the old fashion stopper. Features: • Filled with mini stones & poly fill • Printed designs • THIS IS NOT A TOY • Spot cleanSize: 3 1/2″ tall x 10 3/4″ long x 8 1/4″ wide









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Baby musk turtle

Common Musk Turtle, baby. Sternotherus odoratus

Common Musk Turtle, baby. Sternotherus odoratus

I just cannot pass up photos of baby turtles. Their tiny-ness makes them too cute.

Photo via Silver City Serpentarium.

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Turtle Navigators Video

Back to Video Monday’s, this turtle video describes how turtles navigate their way to the ocean by looking at the stars. Another hatching video, it has some nice shots of the hatchlings swimming in the water.

Also, sadly, I believe this will be my last Video Monday post for a while. Seems I have exhausted quite a bit of my video resources and now I’m getting a bunch of repeat film. Hopefully I can bring the column back this summer with new vids.

Don’t fret! I have plans for a new column to take its place next week! Make sure to check back!

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Attack of the Sea Turtle

Attack of the Sea Turtle

Attack of the Sea Turtle

This photo came attached to an interesting article regarding the masses of jellyfish that are swarming to a national park on the small island of Cabrera. (That’s to the south of Majorca, Spain, for those who didn’t know, like me.) Apparently, there are too many of them to clear and the environmentalists are losing the battle.

Photo via MyTelegraph.co.uk

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Advice Column: Select a Healthy Reptile – Part IV

If you’ve been following the post series on selecting a healthy reptile, you’ve reached the final list!  With the holidays fast approaching, many parents will be looking at giving their kids pets as gifts and turtles are a very popular first pet. I hope this guide will help those out there as a guideline of what to look for when picking up a new reptile for the house.

So far, we’ve covered what to look for in the body of the reptile, in the head, eyes, ears, nose and mouth and the general appearance and movement of the reptile before purchasing.  Lastly, we’ll look at things you should check related to the  head, eyes, ears, nose and mouth of the reptile:

Behavior

  • A healthy reptile may try to avoid being caught when you or the pet store employee/vendor go into the enclosure. Once in hand, it may try to escape from you. It may musk or defecate on you. It may try to bite your fingers. It will be alert to its surroundings, checking you out as much as you are checking it out, and looking around. This is all normal behavior. A reptile who lays there, unresisting, uninterested in what is going on around it, is sick. While some pre-owned reptiles may relax when being held, they will still appear alert and responsive, to you and to activity going on around you. Apathy and lethargy should not be confused with tameness.
  • A sick baby, juvenile, or adult may still try to avoid being caught and held, and may still try to flee, but will do so with less strength, noticeable once you have them in hand. Once you have held healthy reptiles, the weak muscle tone of a sick one will be hard to miss. A diurnal lizard whose leg or toe muscles tremor or twitch in the absence of any other movement has metabolic bone disease.
  • A possible exception to the “lethargy = sick” rule is if the store or vendor has kept the reptile too cold. They will naturally be sluggish, slow moving and very slowly or non-responsive. Some stores keep them too cold because they don’t know or care. Others do it to keep wild, untamed animals quiet, making them easier to sell to customers who don’t know any better. If the reptile is cold, ask the employee/vendor to warm it up, or skip the store and go elsewhere. If the reptiles have been kept too cold for too long, they are very likely sicker than ones kept properly.
I hope this post series helps you find the right turtle for you and your family!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you have much to be thankful for!

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