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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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New York Turtle & Tortoise Show 2012

Some pics of the turtles and people at the June 2, 2012 NY Turtle & Tortoise Society show.

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Turtles of Central Park

A number of New York Turtle & Tortoise Society members met up this past Saturday in Central Park. Purpose: to look for turtles!

We were led by turtle conservationists Pete Warny and Jay Westerveld, who first took us to Turtle Pond, right by the Delacourte Theater.

  Jay (at left) and Pete.

It was a beautiful, warm day and dozens of turtles were basking right below the observation deck.

Turtles were also hanging out with a friendly cormorant.

Climbing to the top of Belvedere Castle, which overlooks the pond, we saw even more turtles, mostly red-eared sliders.

  

From there we walked over to Bethesda Fountain and Central Park Lake and saw turtles galore.

The sad part of the story is that most of these animals are pets that have been abandoned by their owners when they grew too large, or the owners grew tired of caring for them.  Still, these are NYC survivors!

Short video here: http://youtu.be/naNKy6uNqLY

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Photos from the 2011 NYTTS Turtle Show on June 4

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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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