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Frances wrote at 2013-05-28 18:37:40
Interesting that you saw the turtle make nest and lay eggs.  I saw the same thing on Wed., May 22.  The crows disturbed her the first time and hurried back to the pond.  Thirty minutes later she came back and began digging dirt and squatting to lay her eggs, so exciting!!  I am living on a beautiful pond, having moved from a much larger home in downtown Madison,  filled with noise traffic and chattering people walking day and night.  What a peaceful blessing to share nature in such a way.  I did put garden flags and pinwheels to scare away the crow.  Crows will eat the little ones when they are moving to the water.  Please stay in touch and we hopefully will share the joy of our new babies.  


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Questions regarding husbandry of Russian tortoises and other Mediterranean species, sulcata, and redfoot tortoises; general tortoise and turtle care; box turtle care. If I can't answer a specific question, I can provide sources for further research. Disclaimer: My advice is not a substitute for vet care. If I think your tortoise/turtle has a specific medical condition or injury that warrants a vet visit, I'll tell you so, and if possible I'll help you locate a vet. It is neither legal nor ethical for me to provide veterinary advice.


I have kept and bred Russian tortoises for over ten years and have other Mediterranean species plus redfoots and box turtles. I've worked with other tortoise and turtle species while doing volunteer rescue work; mostly sulcata but some leopards, California desert tortoises, yellowfoots, all box turtle species, red-eared sliders, etc. I don't personally keep aquatic species, but have access to a wealth of information and research to help you with any questions you might have.

My knowledge is based on hands-on experience keeping, breeding, and working with tortoises and turtles.

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