Tortoise & Turtle Rescues: Finding Homes for These & Other Herps

bronxzoofrank

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Hi, Frank Indiviglio here. I’m a herpetologist, zoologist, and book author, recently retired from a career spent at several zoos, aquariums, and museums, including over 20 years with the Bronx Zoo.
Turtles and Tortoises are the most popular of all reptilian pets, but first-time owners are often misled by the small size and irresistible cuteness common to hatchlings. Even after a lifetime of working with hundreds of species, I’m shocked by the growth rates exhibited by Red Eared Sliders, African Spurred Tortoises and other hardy turtles. Many keepers are not able to provide the space that these commonly-available species need. It’s also easy to underestimate the time and expense involved in meeting specific needs for diets, mineral supplementation, heat, ultraviolet radiation, vet care and so on. In this article, I’ll highlight some organizations that may be able to help those who cannot provide a 75 gallon tank for their adult Slider or a ½ acre yard for the Spurred Tortoise that ballooned to 80 pounds in 5 years…or who need to find homes for “less extreme” turtles. And those readers who wish to adopt turtles in need – often a better option than purchasing – will learn how to do so. Read the rest of this article here Tortoise Rescue: Finding Homes for Turtles | That Reptile Blog
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My Bio, with photos of animals I’ve been lucky enough to work with: That Pet Place welcomes Zoologist/Herpetologist Frank Indiviglio to That Reptile Blog | That Reptile Blog
 

lisa127

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Thanks for the article! I keep both lizards and box turtles. And years ago kept a couple of snakes. I have to say, the box turtles have been more challenging of captives than any of the species of lizards. But they are a joy as well!
 

bronxzoofrank

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Thanks for the article! I keep both lizards and box turtles. And years ago kept a couple of snakes. I have to say, the box turtles have been more challenging of captives than any of the species of lizards. But they are a joy as well!
Thanks for your interest, glad you enjoyed..I agree, they are worth the trouble, and impt to breed as populations are declining. You might enjoy this article on care/nat history. Best, Frank
 
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