|This is what you see when you try to visit with Boo while he is soaking...|
The owner was adamant that it was a 'Tahitian' tortoise, and that she purchased it from the breeder in Seattle at a reptile show 6 years ago as a yearling, hatched 2005. She just wanted to find a good home for it, because her son lost interest. I asked her for some pictures, which she sent. The owner bragged that the tort had a metal ring drilled into the back of his shell (yikes!). He was being kept in a tiny 20 gal aquarium without UV light. He didn't seem to have much pyramiding though, which is probably due to the fact that they kept him tethered by his ring outside in the yard during the Summer, so at least he was getting UVB then. The rest of the year they fed him romaine lettuce and carrots.
|This is the first pic the previous owner sent me. Can you see how overgrown the beak is?!|
Once I was home, the first thing I did was to run a warm soaking bath for the little mystery tort. The owner told me that this kind of tortoise doesn't need water, and that she soaked it once every week or so... so I just assumed it was probably dehydrated.
|Boo soaking. He still had his ring. Isn't he pretty though?!|
|Back view - this was still during the first bath, so the ring is still in.|
|Top view of Boo's carapace, still with the ring. |
I took this to help folks on the forum identify what kind of tortoise we had.
After his bath, I placed Boo into his little tank, and placed a ceramic heat lamp on one end. Since the floodlight the owner sent along with him was burnt out, I wasn't sure if he'd been kept warm enough, so I wanted to make sure he had the option to bask if he wanted to. The next day I 'borrowed' the UVB light from Mo, and ordered a new UVB fixture and tube light for Boo, as well as a new basking light. Until those arrived, I just moved the UVB back and forth between Mo's table and Boo's tank.
|I took this pic of the bottom of Boo's shell to help identify him.|
|Boo bathing. No more ring!|
|Boo eating. I had to use the zoom on my camera to get this shot. Yes, Boo still has an overgrown beak.|