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That’s Amoure–Turtle Version

Photo of two African sulcata tortoises mating, taken by TurtleWife reader Roberta R. at the San Diego Zoo a few years ago. She says:  “The whole zoo was watching!”

The box turtles at our house have, well, time on their hands. Here’s how they fill some of it.


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Photos from the 2011 NYTTS Turtle Show on June 4

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Husband, Cat, Turtle

A typical Sunday morning at our house, years ago, when we had our leopard tortoise.

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At the Reptile Expo

Reptile Expo Floor

Reptile Expo Floor

Before leaving work on Friday, I mentioned to my boss that Allen and I were going to be selling herp chotchkas at a reptile expo on Sunday.

My boss, a non-herper, looked bemused. What is a reptile expo? she said.

To answer the question:

It’s a convention hall (in this instance the White Plains County Center) where aisle upon aisle of snakes, lizards, frogs and turtles (as well as spiders, hissing cockroaches, and miscellaneous other animals) are sold for sums ranging from $10 to $10,000.

Most of said animals are displayed in plastic takeout containers or cages, like these snakes.

snakes under glass

snakes under glass

Iguanas are kept in wire mesh cages.

Iguana up for adoption

Iguana up for adoption

Chameleons are also usually displayed in cages. But sometimes, they’re allowed to hang out on a tree branch.

Just hanging around

Just hanging around

Bearded dragons, that neither slither nor leap, are shown off for sale in oversized Tupperware tubs or in fish tanks.

Juvenile bearded dragons basking

Juvenile bearded dragons basking

Large beardies happily ride around on an arm, shoulder or other part of the anatomy — before and after purchase.

John from the Long Island Herp Society

John from the Long Island Herp Society

Unconventional traveller

Unconventional traveller

Geckos come in takeout containers.

Not our natural habitat

Not our natural habitat

You’ll find frogs in fish tanks.

Dart frogs

Dart frogs

Turtles in tanks and tubs.

Red eared sliders

Red eared sliders

Then there’s all the paraphernalia necessary to feed –

Snake food

Snake food

Packaged food

Packaged food

House –

Critter cages

Critter cages

And maintain your herp collection:

Mostly, I just enjoy looking at the people and the herps.


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Turtle Pond Envy

I have a bad case of turtle pond envy.

Each time Allen and I visit friends who have a) a backyard, and b) a backyard turtle pond, we find ourselves, apartment dwellers that we are, wishing for a little bit more real estate for our turtles.

This weekend, we visited turtle friends who are blessed with both a backyard and a turtle pond/s.

Who wouldn’t be envious?

Last year, we visited other turtle friends with a similarly resplendent outdoor people-and-turtle set up.



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More Turtle Show Photos

One of the most exciting part of the Turtle Show is taking photos of people and turtles. In fact, it might just be the very best part. And this blog, well, it’s a great forum to show off lots of those photos.

Turtle judging

Above, our turtle judge.

Next we have some of the turtles he judged.

Redfoot tortoise

Above, a red foot tortoise.

Red Eared Slider Turtle

Above, a red-eared slider.

Star and Leopard Tortoises

Star and Leopard tortoises.

Mata Mata

A Mata Mata, or a South American leaf headed turtle. Yes, this really is a turtle!

Juvenile box turtle

Above, a juvenile Eastern Box turtle

Adult Chinese Box Turtle

An adult Chinese box turtle

Common Snapper photoshopped

A common snapping turtle (and “floating” friend). Yes, this was photo manipulated.

Turtle flip-flops

And the only pair of turtle flip-flops I’ve ever seen!

Bet you didn’t know there were this many kinds of turtles in the world!

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The Annual New York Turtle &Tortoise Society (NYTTS) Show

One thing never ceases to amaze me about the annual New York Turtle & Tortoise Society (NYTTS) turtle show – how fast the time goes. Allen and I drive into Manhattan, arrive at the Village Community School at 11 am, and spend the next hour setting up (we don’t bring turtles; we bring turtle chotchkes to sell) in the school yard.

At noon, the “doors” open to people and turtles. What feels like mere minutes later, it’s 5pm – the white, red and blue ribbons are being announced, and the trophy for best turtle is given for health, longevity and breeding success.

And then it’s 6—time to pack up and go home.

How does the day go by so fast?

Many things remain the same from year to year: turtles bask in tanks and tubs and kiddie pools. Umbrellas provide shade for some; pottery shards, newspaper, and plastic tubs shelter others from the heat of the day.

Juvenile Chinese Box Turtle

Water turtles enjoy some shade.

Sulcatas, red foots, yellow foots and leopard tortoises mosey around the school yard, getting under people’s feet, eliciting oohs and ahhs and attracting everyone with a digital camera (including me, of course).

Dr. Roger Wood of the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, New Jersey is on hand with educational displays, adult and hatchling diamondback terrapins, students from Stockton State College and international interns learning about turtle conservation.

A veterinarian, most often Dr. Bill McCord, goes from turtle to turtle, carefully judging each turtle and giving each owner care advice. (How old is your box turtle and what are you feeding it? It’s two years old and you’re giving it fruits and vegetables? Try to give it worms once a week, or a pinky. It needs more protein at this stage of life.)

Dozens of turtle species are exhibited: red-eared sliders, snappers, spotted turtles, eastern box turtles, Chinese box turtles, Greek tortoises, cooters, mata matas, hingback tortoises, Horsefelds tortoises – even some Japanese pond turtles, which won this year’s grand prize.

Juvenile Japanese Pond Turtle

Winners 2008 Turtle Show

One thing is plain: people love their turtles!

Turtle lover and common snapping turtle.

Turtle lover and hingeback tortoise

Turtle lover and African sulcata (spur-thigh) tortoise.

Turtle lover and African sulcata (spur-thigh) tortoise.

When I can get away from our sale table, I walk around, take photos, talk to old friends, and do my own ohhing and ahhing over the turtles.

The day is rarely long enough!

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