Illegal tortoise trade !!!!!

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Illegal tortoise trade !!!!!

Postby Bushviper » Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:22 pm

It has come to my attention that there have been numerous spur thighed tortoises smuggled into South Africa. These are the worse species you could ever smuggle into the country. They freely hybridize with local leopard tortoises and grow very large thus out competing the local tortoises which are already under pressure.

These tortoise are illegal in every single province in South Africa and are also listed as alien invasive species. This means you can be looking at serious fines and all confiscated animals will be euthanased. Zoos are not allowed to keep these unless under special conditions. You can never get a permit for them.

If you are offered these animals please notify Nature Conservation or the Green scorpions because this is a serious threat to our local biodiversity. The smugglers were just out to make a quick buck and need to be punished.
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Re: Illegal tortoise trade !!!!!

Postby Spoon » Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:46 pm

How do you identify a spur thighed tortoise?
Corns : 1.1 Adult Normals het Anery, 0.1 Adult Normal, 1.1 Adult Ghosts (Striped & Aztec), 1.1 Ghost motley het Snow, 1.1 Adult Lavender, 1.1 Adult Opal, 1.1 Adult Amel Motley, 1.1 Bloodreds Het Pewter, Phantom & Hypo; 1.1 Butter; Adult 0.1 Vanishing Stripe; 0.1 Snow. Pythons : 1.1 Ball Pythons
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Re: Illegal tortoise trade !!!!!

Postby iiviii » Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:47 pm

Good question?
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Re: Illegal tortoise trade !!!!!

Postby Carpetpythons » Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:24 pm

From the Internet as follows:

North African Graeca
As already mentioned, this group of North African tortoises - along with most other spur-thighs - displays many different morpholoigical features from one geographical location to another, although it is fair to say that as a whole they are easily distinguishable from the rest of the Spur-thighed group. Furthermore their captive requirements are extremely similar to one-another, although they should only be kept in groups consisting of animals belonging to the same race. The closer the animals are in appearance to each other, then the likelihood of them being genetically compatible increases and thus the chances of disease, injuries and stress are lessened considerably.

All spur-thighed tortoises have a prominent spur on each upper rear thigh, but lack a spur upon the tail. They usually have five claws on the forelimbs and adult female specimens posess a slightly flexible lower plastron. The supracaudal scute can be either divided or undivided (although most are undivided). The head shape of North African Graeca is more elongate and snake-like in appearance than that of Testudo Ibera for example, and their eyes are smaller and more "slit". Another observation made of the North African races is that they posess a rounder frontal vertabral scute, as oppose to a more squarer, angular scute as seen in Ibera and they usually have a higher and more domed overall carapace shape.
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Re: Illegal tortoise trade !!!!!

Postby Carpetpythons » Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:30 pm

Are they spur thighed tortoises or African spurred tortoises Bushviper?
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Re: Illegal tortoise trade !!!!!

Postby Bushviper » Sun Mar 06, 2011 6:47 am

I was told they are the African spurred tortoise (Geochelone sulcata), also called the African spur thigh tortoise or the sulcata tortoise. They are the third largest tortoise in the world as far as I have been told. I was not aware the Mediterranean Testudo group were also called Spur thighed tortoises.
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Re: Illegal tortoise trade !!!!!

Postby froot » Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:04 pm

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Re: Illegal tortoise trade !!!!!

Postby deleray » Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:06 am

They do look cool though!
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