Re: Turtles & Tortoise Identification

Mon Aug 08, 2016 5:06 pm

Wow! is he/she pretty ^Q^ ^Q^

Is it a tent Tortoise?

Re: Turtles & Tortoise Identification

Mon Aug 08, 2016 5:35 pm

Lisbeth , no , you are thinking of Psammobates tentorius tentorius , which looks somewhat similar . Their shields on the carapace are raised , looking like tents . There are 3 subspecies - Afrikaans - Knoppiesdop skilpadLiterally translated as Knobshell tortoise .

This is Psammobates geometricus - geometric tortoise - Afrikaans - suurpootjie ( sourfoot ) . It is the only endemic tortoise in the winterrainfall areas in the South Western Cape , restricted to low-lying areas of the Swartland , Breede Valley , and Ceres .
It is the only tortoise for which there are sanctuaries , specifically founded for them , the first one was in Paarl area , set aside on private land around 1972 . Another important sanctuary is in the Elandsberg area . There is also a very small sanctuary ( about 8 or 10 hectares ) , run by students of University of Cape Town , near me . ( And they are very very secretive about it too - nobody allowed ) .

Re: Turtles & Tortoise Identification

Mon Aug 08, 2016 6:07 pm

In fact I thought that it could not be :yes: Can you keep it there until February, please O** --00-- lol

Re: Turtles & Tortoise Identification

Mon Aug 08, 2016 6:10 pm

^Q^ ^Q^ Beautiful indeed!

Re: Turtles & Tortoise Identification

Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:36 pm

Lisbeth wrote:In fact I thought that it could not be :yes: Can you keep it there until February, please O** --00-- lol



:no: :no: :no: :no: Hmmmmm ... maybe -O-

Re: Turtles & Tortoise Identification

Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:39 pm

what a beauty O/\ ^Q^

Re: Turtles & Tortoise Identification

Tue Aug 09, 2016 12:23 pm

Beautiful!! Well done okie! ^Q^ ^Q^

Re: Turtles & Tortoise Identification

Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:37 am

Beautiful indeed! O:V Such a pity that it is so seriously endangered though. O/