Author Topic: OD's Thread O'Tortoise  (Read 9125 times)

Re: OD's Thread O'Tortoise
« Reply #25 on: September 22, 2012, 09:51:53 pm »
Eddie is great  ;D

Re: OD's Thread O'Tortoise
« Reply #26 on: September 23, 2012, 11:19:08 pm »
he may be great, but he's not bright.Eddie seems once more to have absconded, this time from the front garden, which gives rise to the possibility that he is roaming the streets of Portobello dodging the foxes, buses and general viscissitudes of life. Not good: me and Mrs m are jointly horrified that we can, sort of, keep 3 childer safe but not a little tortoise.
Fingers crossed that the frosts don't suddenly descend.

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Re: OD's Thread O'Tortoise
« Reply #27 on: September 26, 2012, 12:54:15 pm »
I expect he's got hacked off with the weather and got a 26 into town to get a bus to the airport to go to a country with a reasonable climate. I hope he comes back soon.
My feminist marxist dialectic brings all the boys to the yard.


Re: OD's Thread O'Tortoise
« Reply #28 on: September 27, 2012, 09:49:15 am »
Thanks - your hopes have helped!
Mrs m has just found the beast, still in the garden. Knackered and cold after being out through the whole of the perfect storm.
He'll be kept on a short leash now until we get him hibernated - the next emotional trauma, if we're able to go through with it!

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Re: OD's Thread O'Tortoise
« Reply #29 on: September 27, 2012, 12:47:23 pm »
You need to get him a bus pass.
My feminist marxist dialectic brings all the boys to the yard.


Re: OD's Thread O'Tortoise
« Reply #30 on: September 27, 2012, 08:31:40 pm »
I think he needs to be 8 to go himself.


And I'm not taking him.

Re: OD's Thread O'Tortoise
« Reply #31 on: September 27, 2012, 11:30:12 pm »
Pleased to hear you found him and he's not eloped with the croc.

Re: OD's Thread O'Tortoise
« Reply #32 on: October 01, 2012, 05:31:07 pm »
We've had a prang with a tortoise, this one,

and a bike, this one.


The tortoise got himself between the biike and a wall. To extricate himself he pushed the bike over, aided by a high centre of gravity due to both basket being on the handlebars. The result is this!



Re: OD's Thread O'Tortoise
« Reply #33 on: October 08, 2012, 10:22:39 pm »
Eddie celebrates life:
(Dad, eddies mating with your crocs again.
Oh, I think he's finished)
 http://pbckt.com/pu.O1I3yr

The boy is a beast. Bit disconcerting making the Childers packed lunches with Mrs m, to the sound of eddies, er, activities.

LindaG

Re: OD's Thread O'Tortoise
« Reply #34 on: October 20, 2012, 02:37:55 pm »
Aw you should get Eddie a girlfriend! 

We met a giant Galapagos tortoise a couple of years ago, he was supposedly about 350 years old, and he was so massive that he just did what he wanted.  If you don't get out of his way, apparently he just walks over you.  He was extraordinary.

Re: OD's Thread O'Tortoise
« Reply #35 on: December 26, 2012, 09:30:51 pm »
Eddie is giving us peace just now by hibernating. I've just disturbed him long enough to reassure ourselves that he is still alive. Nervous days...

Re: OD's Thread O'Tortoise
« Reply #36 on: January 29, 2013, 08:48:44 pm »
He's back, and 9 weeks fasting and abstinence has left him more determined than ever...
 http://pbckt.com/pu.J53bAl

Re: OD's Thread O'Tortoise
« Reply #37 on: April 10, 2013, 02:26:26 pm »
Two out of three are moving.
I've built a temporary pen for them so they don't wander into the impending excavations and drown in wet concrete! Indi demolished part of it to get the spring greens I hid in one of the hutches for Harry. So the fence is now tied with zip ties and wedged in place with various garden ornaments.
Harry is outside and sunning himself and there is a plate of food, that the dog can't get to, in another hutch with a locking lid.
When they're all out they will get a bath and a lube job!  :thumbsup:

ETA: pics
Harry enjoys this Spring day!


The Pen! It's built high so the don't jump out.  :thumbsup: Lookout towers go in next week. Work details and visitation rights will be worked out in due course.  ::-)



Re: OD's Thread O'Tortoise
« Reply #38 on: March 02, 2014, 10:49:06 am »
Spring has sprung early in Eddie's house and we are getting him out due to girls fears of to much hibernation:
http://pbckt.com/pu.2nbCOF

Ruth

Re: OD's Thread O'Tortoise
« Reply #39 on: March 02, 2014, 06:18:21 pm »
Eddie's a handsome chap, isn't he?  Lovely shell.

'Morning, Eddie!

Re: OD's Thread O'Tortoise
« Reply #40 on: March 09, 2014, 04:48:24 pm »
We thought Harry had escaped or been taken, possibly by an eagle, but he'd buried himself mid October. Today he emerged like a fugly butterfly.


A bit of a scrub and some olive oil for a quick buff up and he'll twinkle again.


His winter retreat.


The other two have yet to get out of the straw bed they're in.

Re: OD's Thread O'Tortoise
« Reply #41 on: March 16, 2014, 10:49:57 am »
Nice. We've not seen an eagle since we got Eddie.
 I suspect tortoises are scarier than we think.

Re: OD's Thread O'Tortoise
« Reply #42 on: March 17, 2014, 03:46:38 pm »
Group shot in the weeds, settling down for the night.

Re: OD's Thread O'Tortoise
« Reply #43 on: June 09, 2014, 09:05:14 pm »
I WANT OUT!


Re: OD's Thread O'Tortoise
« Reply #44 on: July 27, 2014, 05:05:16 pm »
I WANT OUT!
They have no sense of size!  :facepalm:

Free range tortoise eggs. Quite a haul so far.

Re: OD's Thread O'Tortoise
« Reply #45 on: August 08, 2014, 01:27:31 pm »
I WANT OUT!
They have no sense of size!  :facepalm:

Free range tortoise eggs. Quite a haul so far.

Are those from your crocs?
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Re: OD's Thread O'Tortoise
« Reply #46 on: August 08, 2014, 01:57:50 pm »
Are those from your crocs?
Just the one female. When the temperature feels right she'll lay eggs all over the place.

Re: OD's Thread O'Tortoise
« Reply #47 on: October 03, 2014, 02:15:35 pm »
Harry, our vicious killer attack tortoise, has a nasty looking lump on the end of his tail! Veterinary services are being sought.


Scary!

Re: OD's Thread O'Tortoise
« Reply #48 on: October 06, 2014, 07:59:51 pm »
A sample has been taken and Harry's going to stay indoors.
It seems info on tortoises hibernation has changed somewhat from what we've been doing the last 45 years. They go in an insulated box and into a fridge for three months, @2-5 C. Then kept indoors until it's warm enough for outside.

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Re: OD's Thread O'Tortoise
« Reply #49 on: October 10, 2014, 12:12:28 pm »


Isn't that lump his head, Del?
Basses lower the tone.