06 Jun 17 About a year after retiring and moving back to the PNW we attended a herp show where Jan became enamored with a small tortoise, actually a hatchling, and felt that she just had to have it so I thought she might as well get two so they could keep each other company. Now we knew absolutely nothing about the critters and common sense would have said no, you don't need more critters. But common sense did not prevail that day and we brought home two baby African Clawed (or Spurred) Torti, more commonly known by the name sulcata tortoise although that is the species name, their full name being Centrochelys sulcata. The two hatchlings were perhaps an inch in diameter and weighed maybe 3 oz. We were told what to feed them ( turned out to be incorrect) and to keep them warm, clean, and weighed regularly to make sure they were growing properly. Jan kept a log of their weight for perhaps 18 months before she decided they were doing all right. Over the past year it was becoming apparent that these guys were starting to outgrow our quarters for them and that we either needed to start thinking about building them a large permanent enclosure or finding them a good home. Jan was in favor of the former and I the latter. Today we accomplished the latter and re-homed them with the Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society. The location was not far from where Jan's parents lived at the time we left for active duty so it was not hard to find but it was a considerable drive. We met with the director for perhaps a hour chatting about these guys - turns out they are gals - and several more of his stable of torti. One of them whose name I've forgotten and weighed in the neighborhood of 70 pounds took quite a liking to me and literally wouldn't leave me alone. That was sorta neat!! I must admit that if our two had showed the attention to us that he showed me I would likely have caved in and built them a big enclosure. Truthfully I'm glad it didn't happen considering how much they eat and what it would cost to heat such an enclosure! Another member of the group was Tico, now around 25 years of age and weighing over 150 pounds on his way to 250 pounds. He was found wandering around one of the islands in Puget Sound (they don't swim) in 2001 and has been with the Society since. He is expected to live for another 100 - 125 years. He is very friendly and loved having his head and neck scratched. Not something that is an everyday occurrence for most of us. I thought you might like to meet him and so he is the image for today. There is a cute song called All God's Creatures Have a Place in the Choir (if you are not familiar with it the group The Celtic Thunder have a great version available on the web); Tico sings base!
This is straight from the camera. D500; 18 - 200; Aperture priority; ISO 200; 1/640 sec @ f /10.
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