Tortoise??

Nile crocodiles, terrapins, tortoises and turtles.

View gallery

Re: Tortoise??

Postby Archie Bottoms » Sat Feb 13, 2010 3:06 am

I would say some sort of hybred of the 2 suggested
Archie Bottoms
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 178
Joined: Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:08 am

Re: Tortoise??

Postby Bushbaby » Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:36 am

Those photos look a bit photoshopped. Look at the "line" edging on the tortoise. Also look at the size of the tortoise in comparison to the grass it's on. I think someone is trying to take someone for a ride.
http://www.snakebiteassist.co.za
http://www.reptileexpo.co.za
http://www.boaconstrictors.co.za
User avatar
Bushbaby
SA Reptiles Admin
 
Posts: 10591
Joined: Fri Jul 15, 2005 8:04 am
Location: Pretoria

Re: Tortoise??

Postby pigeonboy » Thu Feb 18, 2010 2:45 pm

I took those photos. Say what you will you obviosly dunno what your talking about
pigeonboy
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 16
Joined: Wed Feb 10, 2010 5:30 pm

Re: Tortoise??

Postby Bushviper » Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:24 am

Why does the size change and why do you take such close up pictures. Please go to the effort of taking clear photos with some standard measured object right against the tortoise. A Coke tin or 2 litre bottle would be suitable. Hold still till the tortoise is clear and in focus and then push the button.
It is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

Those who are afraid to ask are ashamed of learning.
User avatar
Bushviper
Founder Member
 
Posts: 17358
Joined: Fri Jul 15, 2005 10:02 am
Location: Pretoria

Re: Tortoise??

Postby pigeonboy » Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:58 pm

I apologise for the rudeness Bushviper. I swear that is a real tortoise will do the coke can thing in the future. I am the type of person who takes what you said as an insult
Those photos look a bit photoshopped. Look at the "line" edging on the tortoise. Also look at the size of the tortoise in comparison to the grass it's on. I think someone is trying to take someone for a ride.
pigeonboy
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 16
Joined: Wed Feb 10, 2010 5:30 pm

Re: Tortoise??

Postby BushSnake » Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:18 pm

That was actually Bushbaby who said that, but lets rather stick to the actual tortoise identification as that is way more interesting! Can you please do me a favour, and photograph the tortoise right from above, and from below, so that we can do scale counts to see if that helps. If it doesn't...we'll have to bring in the big guns and ask one of the professionals :)
We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium - Ansel Adams
User avatar
BushSnake
SA Reptiles Honorary Member
 
Posts: 1678
Joined: Tue Jul 17, 2007 5:18 pm
Location: Johannesburg... and all over SA

Re: Tortoise??

Postby Bushbaby » Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:12 pm

BushSnake wrote:Can you please do me a favour, and photograph the tortoise right from above, and from below, so that we can do scale counts to see if that helps. If it doesn't...we'll have to bring in the big guns and ask one of the professionals :)


As previously requested. Let's take a look!!
http://www.snakebiteassist.co.za
http://www.reptileexpo.co.za
http://www.boaconstrictors.co.za
User avatar
Bushbaby
SA Reptiles Admin
 
Posts: 10591
Joined: Fri Jul 15, 2005 8:04 am
Location: Pretoria

Re: Tortoise??

Postby cynicman » Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:49 am

<sarcasm> take the photos from 50 yards!</sarcasm>
seriesly though guys... this tortie is quite a character. He charges after you and munches at your feet, which in my opinion is hysterically funny. Taking pro photos is not always easy with a camera phone, dunno if p.boy is using a camera phone or not. probably? if you want, I can come round and you can use my wifes 6mp sony.

p.boy and I chatted last night about the apparant "offensive" comments. I told him to lighten up, after all this is the internet. One thing about p.boy I can promise you, he aint in to bs, so if he posts it here it's exactly what he witnessed. I got him to join this site, as I find this site epically awesome to just read. as a n00b he also needs to learn forum rules and nettiequette which I am teaching him now. not really much of an internet user that boy... sorry p.boy, i love you, but facts are facts *grinn*

I am quite interested in the idea that this may be a hybrid. I have always been into lizards, recently got into snakes, and thus started learning about hybrids... that is so exciting as it means that there is more and more variations possible than Darwin imagined :D

as far as tortoises go, until a few years ago, i thought that tortoises where only one species. I thought they lived for 150 years and they grew to the size of old volkswagens. pretty much what I was taught at school. I do know that the giants they have at Michels Park in durban can pick up big speeds at feeding time, so leads me to wonder, are Torties really slow, or do they just move lathargically? Just a question I have always pondered since watching one of those durban giants pound dirt...
Reptiles in my care: 2x Brown House (1x Female, 1x Male - here's hoping), Natal Green Male, 1x Herald, 1x Bearded Dragon Female

Total Pet Count: 26 | Dogs: 4 | Cats: 6 | Rats: 11 | Snakes: 4 | Lizards: 1
And each one is loved!!!
*My wife has lots of patience...

If you love reptiles, you would probably love rodents as well: http://www.sarodents.co.za/
User avatar
cynicman
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 82
Joined: Sat Sep 19, 2009 4:31 pm
Location: Amanzimtoti

Re: Tortoise??

Postby pigeonboy » Mon Mar 01, 2010 3:41 pm

Sorry guys havent been on the site for a while. Will get you those photos
pigeonboy
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 16
Joined: Wed Feb 10, 2010 5:30 pm

Re: Tortoise??

Postby cynicman » Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:56 am

can't help you with camera at the moment dude... wife is in Namibia and she took her camera.
Reptiles in my care: 2x Brown House (1x Female, 1x Male - here's hoping), Natal Green Male, 1x Herald, 1x Bearded Dragon Female

Total Pet Count: 26 | Dogs: 4 | Cats: 6 | Rats: 11 | Snakes: 4 | Lizards: 1
And each one is loved!!!
*My wife has lots of patience...

If you love reptiles, you would probably love rodents as well: http://www.sarodents.co.za/
User avatar
cynicman
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 82
Joined: Sat Sep 19, 2009 4:31 pm
Location: Amanzimtoti

Re: Tortoise??

Postby kinghero » Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:50 am

And nothing cam of this again ?
User avatar
kinghero
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 458
Joined: Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:57 pm
Location: Rooderpoort

Re: Tortoise??

Postby Will » Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:17 pm

The one diagnostic feature that is missing is the gular, those shell extensions just below the head, that originate from the lower shell (plastron). It looks like they are very eroded away, had they been there. If they were present and extended out greater than the top shell, then for sure an angulate would be that animal. I have seen several sizes and shapes of angulate that are not poster perfect animals as depicted in so many field guides. Best guess is an angulate. The reddish hue on the plastron is a strong indicator that it is an angulate.

Will
Will
SA Reptiles Member
 
Posts: 9
Joined: Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:43 pm

Previous

Return to Indigenous chelonians and crocodilians

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

cron