Want to see my turtle?

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I was cleaning up the ol' hard drive and came across this clip I took six years ago...


The turtle (and the monkey) have grown considerably since. I bet he wishes he had Terra's backyard.

He's an African sulcata tortoise, though he seems pretty fond of snow.

I know there's a few animal lovers in the room and I thought you might enjoy this clip.

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    Lovely turtle ... and child. Pretty strong turtle to carry around a little boy like that.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I think the tortoise was trying to buck him off That's really cute.

      The name "Wrex" caught me. My shephard/dane I had for 13 years was named Wrex.

      When my son and I agreed on a name he was thinking "rex" and I was thinking "wrecks" - so we compromised.
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      He is a strong turtle. It's why we named him Wrex. Can't leave him unattended in the backyard or he'll completely wreck the place, including probably breaking through the sliding doors.

      His old living quarters, I had him fenced in with a 2x4 anchored to a planter I built myself. The planter was about 3'x3'x2'. Must have weighed 200+ lbs filled with dirt. Wrex wedged himself under the 2x4 fence and lifted and smashed the planter to the ground repeatedly until it smashed to pieces and he made his way out climbing over the mountain of dirt.

      He then broke through two fences and camped out in a neighbor's yard two houses down.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        He then broke through two fences and camped out in a neighbor's yard two houses down.
        You shouldn't have said "no" when asked to go camping.


        I can't imagine trying to contain and control a large tortoise. I can tell my dog to sit/stay and she does. I can say "drop it" or "no" and she'll stop what she's doing and look at me.

        I expect you could yell your head off and Wrex would just keep turtling down the street. What do you do - lay a trail of food to get him back home?
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        • Profile picture of the author perryny
          As long as his enclosure is big and strong enough (which it seems to be for the moment), he's perfect.

          When we take him out, which isn't very often, he's actually amazingly easy to control. You just need a person on either side of him and he'll walk exactly where you guide him. We took him to a park once and walked for almost an hour, almost non-stop. We just decided where to make a u-turn at some point and walked him right back to the car.

          It's if he stops and decides he doesn't want to move is when we've got a problem.
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          • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
            He is too cool!

            I'm gonna have to get me one of them after I get my puppy, of course.

            I already have cranes, egrets, ducks, cray fish, frogs and gold fishies, but I need one of those too, lol!


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            • Profile picture of the author positivenegative
              I think If the turtle was meant to have a jockey on his back he'd be in the 8 o'clock at Belmont Park.
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            • Profile picture of the author perryny
              Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post


              I'm gonna have to get me one of them after I get my puppy, of course.

              I already have cranes, egrets, ducks, cray fish, frogs and gold fishies, but I need one of those too, lol!


              Terra
              I hope you get that puppy soon, Terra. We've got a Maltese and I love her like she's one of my kids.

              Interestingly, the wildlife at my place on busy Long Island isn't too different from what's in your backyard.

              Besides Wrex and Pearl (or "Whirly" as she prefers), there's...

              Smokey, our African Grey. About 10 years ago, we found him walking across the street as I almost hit him with the car. I thought he was a pigeon.

              Lenard, our American Tree Frog. Found him in the laundry room of the house we were staying at on vacation in Maryland last year. Since my son's hermit crab, who we took along on the trip just died, and we had an empty carrier with us, Lenard came home with us (and couldn't be happier or fatter.)

              A tropical fish tank and two betta bowls.

              And on any given night, we'll have opossum, raccoons, cats or rabbits swing by the back yard and pay Wrex a visit.

              I wonder... if every animal on earth, insects included, all banded together to take down the humans, who would win?

              Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

              How much does he weigh? He doesn't look too overly huge to pick up and carry with.
              I'm going to get him on the scale this weekend and find out what he weighs. I'd really like to know myself.
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              • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
                Originally Posted by perryny View Post

                I hope you get that puppy soon, Terra. We've got a Maltese and I love her like she's one of my kids.

                Interestingly, the wildlife at my place on busy Long Island isn't too different from what's in your backyard.

                Besides Wrex and Pearl (or "Whirly" as she prefers), there's...

                Smokey, our African Grey. About 10 years ago, we found him walking across the street as I almost hit him with the car. I thought he was a pigeon.

                Lenard, our American Tree Frog. Found him in the laundry room of the house we were staying at on vacation in Maryland last year. Since my son's hermit crab, who we took along on the trip just died, and we had an empty carrier with us, Lenard came home with us (and couldn't be happier or fatter.)

                A tropical fish tank and two betta bowls.

                And on any given night, we'll have opossum, raccoons, cats or rabbits swing by the back yard and pay Wrex a visit.

                I wonder... if every animal on earth, insects included, all banded together to take down the humans, who would win?



                I'm going to get him on the scale this weekend and find out what he weighs. I'd really like to know myself.
                I've had a couple of smaller turtles in the pond.

                We keep discovering new wildlife on the property every day.

                Just this morning right after I woke up, I looked out the window and there were two deer drinking at the edge of the pond. It was really very beautiful to watch.

                And back in the woods, there is some creature that sounds like a monkey, but obviously isn't. My two year old grandson heard it the other day and said, 'Wolf, Nana!" Haha!

                Hubby thinks it's a pilated woodpecker because after those "Hoots and Whoops", he insists he hears pecking.

                I'm thinking we have our own Sasquatch, lol!


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                • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
                  Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

                  I've had a couple of smaller turtles in the pond.

                  We keep discovering new wildlife on the property every day.

                  Just this morning right after I woke up, I looked out the window and there were two deer drinking at the edge of the pond. It was really very beautiful to watch.

                  And back in the woods, there is some creature that sounds like a monkey, but obviously isn't. My two year old grandson heard it the other day and said, 'Wolf, Nana!" Haha!

                  Hubby thinks it's a pilated woodpecker because after those "Hoots and Whoops", he insists he hears pecking.

                  I'm thinking we have our own Sasquatch, lol!


                  Terra
                  Claude would love to meet you but he's just too shy to come out of the woods, have you tried putting out some high saturated fat snacks or doughnuts?
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                  • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
                    Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

                    Claude would love to meet you but he's just too shy to come out of the woods, have you tried putting out some high saturated fat snacks or doughnuts?
                    Bacon...Don't forget bacon. And if you rub my belly, as you feed me bacon? I'll purr.
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                Originally Posted by perryny View Post

                I hope you get that puppy soon, Terra. We've got a Maltese and I love her like she's one of my kids.

                Interestingly, the wildlife at my place on busy Long Island isn't too different from what's in your backyard.

                Besides Wrex and Pearl (or "Whirly" as she prefers), there's...

                Smokey, our African Grey. About 10 years ago, we found him walking across the street as I almost hit him with the car. I thought he was a pigeon.

                Lenard, our American Tree Frog. Found him in the laundry room of the house we were staying at on vacation in Maryland last year. Since my son's hermit crab, who we took along on the trip just died, and we had an empty carrier with us, Lenard came home with us (and couldn't be happier or fatter.)

                A tropical fish tank and two betta bowls.

                And on any given night, we'll have opossum, raccoons, cats or rabbits swing by the back yard and pay Wrex a visit.

                I wonder... if every animal on earth, insects included, all banded together to take down the humans, who would win?



                I'm going to get him on the scale this weekend and find out what he weighs. I'd really like to know myself.
                That's my kind of paradise. You missed my last question - about how much do you think Wrex weighs?

                Here in NV the wild life is K9 (coyotes mostly), small animals like rabbits, ground squirrels, a variety of rodents, and

                lizards --- a LOT of lizards all over the place...a few deer, and we have a lot of wild horses that like to come up and graze on lawns this time of year. I've heard we have bobcats, and it's the right terrain, but I haven't seen one yet.

                Serious? How long could we last against a planet of animals? We wouldn't make it past the insects.
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                • Profile picture of the author Kay King
                  Every time I see the title of this thread...I think "that would be a great pick up line..."
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                  • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
                    Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

                    Wever time I see the title of this thread...I think "that would be a great pick up line..."
                    I've been holding back a similar thought. Every time I see the title, my brain itches.
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                      Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

                      I've been holding back a similar thought. Every time I see the title, my brain itches.
                      I imagine that most of your body itches.
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                  • Profile picture of the author perryny
                    Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

                    Every time I see the title of this thread...I think "that would be a great pick up line..."
                    I guess it's a good thing I don't have a pet rooster.
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                    Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

                    Every time I see the title of this thread...I think "that would be a great pick up line..."
                    Posted by a woman I respect. I think I shall give it a try and report back.
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                  Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

                  about how much do you think Wrex weighs?
                  Wrex weighs 67 lbs. Not an easy task getting this info. Whew...

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                  • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
                    You sure were a stickler for detail when you made that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle outfit for the fancy dress party.
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                  • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
                    Originally Posted by perryny View Post

                    Wrex weighs 67 lbs. Not an easy task getting this info. Whew...


                    What a magnificent, healthy looking pet.

                    Shane wants to race him.
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            Originally Posted by perryny View Post


            It's if he stops and decides he doesn't want to move is when we've got a problem.
            So, your tortoise and Claude have something else in common other than complexion...
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    Kewl pet. I hope as the "monkey" got bigger he quit trying to ride poor little Rex.
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    I guess when the turtles leg breaks the passengers have exceeded the recommended weight limit?
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    How much does he weigh? He doesn't look too overly huge to pick up and carry with.
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      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      How much does he weigh? He doesn't look too overly huge to pick up and carry with.
      Claude or the turtle?
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        Originally Posted by yukon View Post

        Claude or the turtle?
        Right. Seriously, how badly demented do you think I am? Some turtles get fairly big and aren't as heavy as they look. We already know Claude is full of balloon juice and is only grounded by cables.
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          Another thread that became quickly about Claude, the power that this man wields! He carries a lot of weight on this forum. Even his Avatar is 100 megabytes.
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            Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

            Another thread that became quickly about Claude, the power that this man wields! He carries a lot of weight on this forum. Even his Avatar is 100 megabytes.
            Well Claude is all knowing, and won't take any nonsence, so even WC has to bow down, in his presence!

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            Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

            Another thread that became quickly about Claude, the power that this man wields! He carries a lot of weight on this forum. Even his Avatar is 100 megabytes.

            Nobody loves me. I'm just fat. Now, I'm going to waddle back into my cave...my turtle cave.
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            • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
              Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

              Nobody loves me. I'm just fat. Now, I'm going to waddle back into my cave...my turtle cave.
              There you go, bragging again!
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              • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
                Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

                There you go, bragging again!
                My turtle cave was just foreclosed on. Now...I'm only a shell of my former self.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    We have to have something to talk about during intermission until Perry gets back to tell us more about Wrex. Might as well be Claude. I don't think he carries much weight anywhere -- unless it's groceries.
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    Once some bald freak comes upto me in a public toilet in the middle of the night and says the same thing. But he meant something else.
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    Wow ! It must taken so much time to feed a turtle big like that right ? I'm little bit scary to feed this animal because we believe that if it died when we was feeding, that would be very bad luck.
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  • how adorable. i used to have a turtle as a kid back in El Salvador.
    she was like 3 inches though lol.. i love animals. i always wanted to have a Monkey. maybe one day
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    Originally Posted by perryny View Post

    I was cleaning up the ol' hard drive and came across this clip I took six years ago...

    Riding Wrex - YouTube

    The turtle (and the monkey) have grown considerably since. I bet he wishes he had Terra's backyard.

    He's an African sulcata tortoise, though he seems pretty fond of snow.

    I know there's a few animal lovers in the room and I thought you might enjoy this clip.

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    Not that it is not cute.. but as a new member I would like to know how warriorform minimizes the unrelated topics? Is not this topic unrelated ??
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      Is not this topic unrelated ??
      Of course - 'unrelated' is what goes on in this section...that's why it's called "off topic forum".
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      Originally Posted by woopshop View Post

      Not that it is not cute.. but as a new member I would like to know how warriorform minimizes the unrelated topics? Is not this topic unrelated ??
      You somehow made it to the Off Topic forum without realizing that it meant it was for Off Topic posts. All the spam and barely coherent posts are in the other forums. I'm sure you must have noticed that there are other forums?
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        Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

        You somehow made it to the Off Topic forum without realizing that it meant it was for Off Topic posts. All the spam and barely coherent posts are in the other forums. I'm sure you must have noticed that there are other forums?
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    Oh gee - he looks a lot sturdier than he did in the first pic. I used to have a couple turtles when I was a kid. They are great pets. Wrex is awesome!
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    He is huge. lol. What a pet!
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