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« Reply #50 on: 09/06/2008 15:01:50 »


AWWWWWWWWWW Seany... THats adorable.. I love polar bears! AWWWW!
 

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« Reply #51 on: 09/06/2008 15:04:45 »
I took these with my little digital camera 6 miles over at the marsh in Arcata!















Arcata Marsh.. Humboldt county, Arcata, California

These are mud ducks and Egrets and sun going down.. overcast day!
 

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« Reply #53 on: 12/07/2008 18:47:14 »
Is that picture of the Blackbird an the Hawk really true? or is it just a montage?... its really unbelievable!

This ist a baby european red fox called Didi, so cute!


and thats a young bussard called "Horst" (its the german Name for a nest of an eagle...the eyry, but its also a german mans name)
 

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« Reply #54 on: 06/10/2008 11:27:02 »
hey guys where u get this all stuff.....its soooooo cute and nice to watch and to keep them at home too......

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« Reply #55 on: 08/10/2008 04:50:09 »
One of my favorites. Grey tree frog
 

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« Reply #56 on: 28/10/2008 05:58:49 »
cool frog!

Check this critter out.. a Pangolin

I have never seen such a critter.. has anyone else ever seen one... tell me about it eh?

Picture from Wiki!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Pangolin_borneo.jpg



 

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« Reply #57 on: 15/02/2009 17:39:03 »
I got this baby land turtle, no clue what species it is but its not eating any fruits i give it...(i had a bigger one a long time before so i am doing the exact same things food wise). I have it in a section of my garden where i've placed water for it and everything. Please help its loosing body mass! :(

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« Reply #58 on: 17/02/2009 08:47:49 »
You really do need to identify the exact species of tortoise you have there. It may be a Redfoot or a Russian.

Tortoises may take some time to settle into new surroundings.

Ensure your tortoise has access to good daylight and somewhere to get out of the sun. He/she needs to be able to find shade as much as sunlight in order to regulate body temperature.

Get a good supply of broadleaf weeds, such as dandelion, hedgemustard, chickweed, hawkbits, hawks beard and sow thistle. Your tortoise needs high fibre, high calcium food. A little fruit is OK, but until you have identified the species, you will not know it's nutritional requirements. In all cases avoid brassicas such as kale, cabbage and spinach. These are high in oxalic acid, which prevents calcium absorption.

You might try tempting your tortoise with a little Romain (Cos) Lettuce and some cucumber.

I suggest you visit the Tortoise Trust website for the best possible information. Go to www.tortoisetrust.org They can help you identify your tortoise and have very good care sheets to download.

Other useful sites are http://www.tortoise-protection-group.org.uk/site/1.asp - http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/TortoiseNutrition/ - www.tortoisefirst.com
 

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« Reply #59 on: 18/02/2009 12:15:57 »
Hi SETF, Glad to have been of some assistance with your new Tortoise. Now that you have been able to establish that it is a Redfoot, you will be able to supply the correct nutritional needs for him/her.

This species is to some extent omnivorous.

You should try to maintain a high calcium diet, with plenty of the weeds I described in my previous post. In addition to these weeds, your Redfoot will eat some fruit and animal protein. Allow your tort to eat worms, slugs or similar, or you can give a little cat food or cooked chicken. This protein should be given once a week.

Typically your torts diet should consist of 65 - 70% weeds, 25 - 30% fruit and 5 - 10% animal protein. You can sprinkle a multivitamin such as 'Nutrobal' on the food two or three times a week and also a calcium supplement is a very good idea, this can be given daily. Always ensure your tort has access to fresh water.

In order to drink, your tort will need a dish he/she can get right in to, with the water level up to the lower edge of the carapace (upper shell). Tortoises do not have an upper pallet in their mouths' so they cannot suck up water, they need to be able to immerse their head into the water right up to and covering their nasal passage.

Sexing your tortoise can be difficult. Tortoises usually reach sexual maturity at around 8 years. On the male the tail will be long and straight and the plastron (lower or underside of the shell) will be slightly concave. The female has a shorter stubbier tail which tends to curl to one side and the plastron will be flat. These signs may not become fully evident until your tort reaches maturity.

I hope this will be of use to you, and wish you & your Redfoot well.

Don't forget HIGH CALCIUM intake. MBD (Metabolic Bone Disease) is a terrible thing for torts. This is the result of calcium deficiency in a California Desert Tortoise:

www.tortoisetrust.org

Your tort has very good healthy shell. Nice even shape and no 'pyramiding' of the scutes as in the picture above.


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It is a common myth that omnivorous turtles do not suffer from nutritional disorders to the same extent as herbivorous species. Not true. This poor box turtle (Terrapene carolina) was raised on a diet of canned dog food without adequate calcium supplementation....
www.tortoisetrust.org

One last point, which so many people neglect; your tort, well looked after, can live for well over 100 years. You need to make provision for him/her, when you are no longer able to care for him/her.
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« Reply #60 on: 18/02/2009 13:41:11 »
hey so thanks again for the further advise, i have been giving it calcium supplements on a chunk of damp bread. Can any other multivitamin work?....uhh as for the weeds I live in the tropics and I'm not sure what other plants besides my neighbor's hibiscus plants is good for it (i haven't been driven to take any lol)
 

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« Reply #61 on: 18/02/2009 14:39:00 »
I would give the calcium on fruit, such as tomato, cucumber, strawberry etc., rather than bread.

I'm not sure which of these grow in your part of the world, but you may find these lists helpful.
http://www.tortoisefirst.com/nutritional-common-weed-pictures-t305.html
http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/feeding_redfoots.html
http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/webdiet.htm
http://www.tlady.clara.net/TortGuide/Diet.htm#plantlist
http://www.shelledwarriors.co.uk/site/Caresheets_and_Articles/Entries/2007/11/27_Redfooted_Tortoise_Caresheet%2C_by_Darren_Langford.html

These tortoises are quite fond of hibiscus (flowers and leaves), papaya, bouganvillea, cactus, aloe vera and many other naturally occurring Caribbean plants.
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« Reply #62 on: 26/03/2009 21:06:50 »
Whist looking for a photo for my reversing snail question I found this..

Do ewe think it is real or a fake ?

I can't seem to locate any proper info about it !



 

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« Reply #63 on: 09/04/2009 08:46:30 »
lol.. truthfully I thought it looked real but all I could find was hoax stuff.... and Jimbobs opinion too. But I thought that Old Rabit you posted was a real rabit too you naughy Sheepy! Lol..
 

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« Reply #64 on: 09/04/2009 08:48:40 »
You have to upload in Picasa
 

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« Reply #65 on: 04/05/2009 20:06:01 »
A Lactrodectus sp.(Black Widow) that I saw last summer while collecting crinoids in Kentucky.

 

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« Reply #66 on: 17/05/2009 21:14:07 »

I was out in the field when they came over.
Deepest droning noise I've heard in a while.
Rather disturbing until you realize they only want to find a place to rest for the night.
 

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« Reply #67 on: 18/05/2009 06:16:41 »
Rather disturbing until you realize they only want to find a place to rest for the night.
Aha! But that's exactly what they want you to think! When you are relaxed they come get you!
 

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« Reply #68 on: 19/05/2009 08:58:35 »
They are still there after about 48 hours.
I would have thought that was a temp nest, that they would look for a hollow in a tree to make a permeant hive.
I wonder if they  will stay.
 

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« Reply #69 on: 28/07/2009 05:41:26 »
This was just beating against the sliding glass door.
It's a regal moth.








Its caterpillar stage is the most impressive.  As a caterpillar it is know as "The Hickory Horned Devil."
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« Reply #70 on: 28/07/2009 06:46:22 »
Wholly moly again! That last one looks grotesque.
 

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« Reply #71 on: 28/07/2009 07:35:43 »
"The Hickory Horned Devil." is impressive and not at all grotesque. Very Handsome specimen actually!
 

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« Reply #72 on: 28/07/2009 07:39:09 »
Maybe it's because I've never seen it in my life.
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« Reply #73 on: 28/07/2009 07:44:04 »
Maybe it's because I've never seen it in my life.

Really??? Wow I have held and seen many You need to come visit me and hang out around here a bit.. My yard, and this area are full of life like that! Amazing is'nt it?
 

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« Reply #74 on: 28/07/2009 08:01:29 »
Yes, maybe I should!
It does look very strange to a newbie.
 

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