It’s day two at the Turtle Survival Center. I may never leave. Yesterday we scrubbed 40 turtle enclosures and did water changes, and I fell in love with a water buffalo named Cappuccino. Today, we prepared all the food for both veggie eaters and carnivores for some of the most endangered turtles in the world. I didn’t include any pics of the meat-based diet. Let’s just say I cleaned some blood off the walls when we were done and leave it at that.
This is a Leucocephalon yuwonoi, a name that is really fun to say! The boys have bright white heads. They have the best feet!
I have better pictures of the animals, but we have to wait until I am home because I am on my computer that has the screen that is pixelated and pink. You get my phone pictures. I put them in gallery form to make for easier viewing. Click to enlarge and read the caption.
Chop, chop, chopping. Fruit, veggies, greens, browse. And I still have all my fingers
The greenhouse which not only houses critically endangered turtles, but also grows bananas, hibiscus, and other delicious things for them to eat!
I took this photo of a rose while making a list of edible plants on our walkabout. I failed to notice the anole in the lower right until I looked at the picture!
All the chopping created THIS beautiful bounty! Check out the lovely knofe work!
On our second walkabout, we discovered these aloles, shall we say, inflagrante. The male bites the female on the neck to hold her in place, then he wiggles around to position his tail next to hers. If she doesn’t like him, she tells him to buzz off by scurrying away. This girl has been swept off her feet by his feat of strength.
One of our customers waiting for his grub. This is a Coura galbinifrons, a flower-backed box turtle.
Arakan Forest Turtle in a yoga pose I like to call “Downward Facing Hungry Tortoise.”
Feeding an elderly and visually-impaired Asian Forest Tortoise by hand.
I’ll try to have photos of the water buffalo tomorrow. What’s new in your world?