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Postby Patrick » Tue Dec 17, 2013 3:39 pm

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I found this tortoise yesterday afternoon, trying to cross the road and i was worried it was going to the run over. So i stopped and picked it up.
I am not sure what type it is and what to do with it.
any help with be appreciated
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Re: tortoise identification

Postby Westley Price » Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:16 pm

Hi Patrick

That is in fact not a tortoise, but a terrapin, most likely a Marsh Terrapin.

Best to release it in a wet, swampy area nearby and let it be.

They often venture onto the road due to pool forming nest to the road from run-off.
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Re: tortoise identification

Postby Patrick » Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:31 pm

ok thanks
what can i feed it on?
would it be cruel to keep it as a pet ???
as we really look after our animals well.
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Re: tortoise identification

Postby Lillypod » Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:37 pm

It is illegal to keep it, sadly. Best will be to let it go back where it came from.
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Re: tortoise identification

Postby Patrick » Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:41 pm

oh ok thanks
as i would like to get one then, what is a good one to go for.
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Re: tortoise identification

Postby Patrick » Tue Dec 17, 2013 5:12 pm

tortoise wise
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Re: tortoise identification

Postby Lillypod » Tue Dec 17, 2013 5:54 pm

All tortoises/terrapins/turtles are illegal without a permit.
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Re: tortoise identification

Postby Patrick » Tue Dec 17, 2013 5:58 pm

i have seen them for sale at pet shop???
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Re: tortoise identification

Postby Lillypod » Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:12 pm

Yeah, I know.

Apparently they are all illegally imported.
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Re: tortoise identification

Postby Patrick » Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:30 pm

oh ok thanks for your help
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