ID #37725

Name: Maëva
Age: 25
Country: France

I live in Southwestern France with my girlfriend and I’m currently studying cinema. I’m obsessed with turtles and Virginia Woolf and I hate cheese more than everything. Like, really. One day, I broke a rib by coughing. I have a cat named Charlie.

Here is a non exhaustive list of what I like : I like cinema, LGBT+ community and culture, music, tea, arts in general, travelling, food, animals, Tumblr, tattoos, tv shows, postcrossing, gender studies, literature, owls, snow, movie posters, photography, stickers, christmas sweaters, staying in bed all day long, writing, vinyls, video games (Zelda ftw), documentaries, board games, sleeping, otters, and Kate Winslet.

Preferences: I’m a lesbian, a feminist, and a supporter of the LGBTQIA+ community. So if you have a problem with these stuffs, don’t bother :)

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Japan Railways Build Turtle Tunnels

Japanese railroad companies recently installed a wonderful way to keep turtles safe when they try to cross their train tracks – a turtle tunnel that passes under the tracks.

When crossing tracks, turtles can get crushed by trains or get stuck in track switches, causing delays. These tunnels solve problems for humans and turtles alike. They were developed in a partnership between Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe and the West Japan Railway Company. (Source)

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Mark Hamill and Carrie Fischer being precious cuties and handling animals during a BBC interview.
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Other points of interest:

Mark Hamill feeds a dog stew with his spoon.

Mark Hamill eats from the same spoon while Carrie Fischer offers him a bite of her stew.

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Are you shellebrating World Turtle Day? The yearly event aims to raise awareness about turtles and tortoises, along with the harmful impact human action can have on them. We have many resources on turtles, including some of the following sources of these wonderful turtle images:

1, 3: Naturgeschichte der SchildkötenFull title, D. Johann David Schöpfs königl. Preuss. hofraths … Naturgeschichte der Schildkröten : mit Abbildungen erläutert. (1792) by Johann David Schöpf. 

2.  North American herpetology. Full title, North American herpetology, or, A description of the reptiles inhabiting the United States, v.1 (1836) by John Edwards Holbrook.

4. Reptiles and birds. Full title,  Reptiles and birds. A popular account of the various orders; with a description of the habits and economy of the most interesting. (1873) by Louis Figuier. 

5. Gemeinnüzzige Naturgeschichte des Thierreichs. Full title,  Gemeinnüzzige Naturgeschichte des Thierreichs : darinn die merkwürdigsten und nüzlichsten Thiere in systematischer Ordnung beschrieben und alle Geschlechter in Abbildungen nach der Natur vorgestellet werden, bd. 4 (1788) by Georg Heinrich Borowski.

6. Thesaurus rerum naturaliumFull title, Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, et iconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physices historiam : opus, cui, in hoc rerum genere, nullum par exstitit. (1734) by Albertus Seba.

More excellent scientific illustrations of turtles in the Biodiversity Heritage Library’s Flickr album, Turtles!

Turtles can breathe through their butts and pee through their mouths. Source Source 2

Happy World Turtle Day!

Turtle habitats are rapidly disappearing, and both turtles and tortoises are endangered due to many global threats. World Turtle Day was founded to spread awareness and encourage learning about how to help protect these animals and help them thrive.

Originally posted by georgetakei

They are adorable, after all.

Originally posted by stephstuff

I mean, how many other animals do you know that can grow a green mohawk?

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[Photos: @that-tanzanianguy enjoying one of Zanzibar’s hidden gems, summer 2015]

The Zanzibar Archipelago, located in the Indian Ocean 15 miles off the coast of Tanzania, is a breathtaking spot to escape from the world. You’ll enjoy clear, turquoise-blue water; shallow sandbars perfect for wading; and many small, nearly deserted islands virtually unvisited by tourists. Explore the World Heritage Site of Stone Town, Zanzibar City’s old quarter. Or just go beach to beach between tiny fishing villages—each one’s better than the next.

The opportunity to experience Zanzibar and it’s beautiful beaches is one of the key highlights of our trip. 

To learn more about our trip, including how you can join us click here: http://www.ourafricablog.com/post/131109458068/curious-on-tanzania-travel-trip-2016-we-have

Destination: Tanzania (& Zanzibar) 

Departing from: United States  (If you will be departing from another country, let us know!)

Duration: 2 – 2 ½ Weeks (10-15days)

Date: July 7-22nd, 2016

  • Cultural tour in Moshi
  • Kilimanjaro ( Climbing Mt.Kilimanjaro)
  • Serengeti (Tour of National park and Safari Game Drive)
  • Ngorongoro (Tour of National Park, Crater)
  • Maasai Cultural tour in Ngorongoro
  • Zanzibar Island/ Culture/ Historic Tours ( City and Spice Tour, Spa Day)
  • Experience Zanzibar Film Festival 2016
  • Dar es Salaam Day/Night Tour
  • Home-Stay

Trip Inclusive of: Most meals, Local transportation, all accommodation and activities

* Extra services available include: Bike Tour, Traditional Cooking Class, Beach Day, Traditional Dance Class, Traditional Fashion Tour

To learn more about this trip or to reserve your spot please email us at info@ourAfricaBlog.com

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I had three slider turtles surrendered today - three. Two are babies, like the little one shown up top. Yes, they were each surrendered in one of those. One is an adult female, pictured below with the turtle “habitat” on her back for comparison. All are in neglected condition with poor shell health.

SO…

This is what you need to understand when getting a turtle.
1. The little baby turtles sold on the beach, the fair, at flea markets, in little hole-in-the-wall shops? Are illegal. Turtles under 4″ in general are not being legally sold. This has been a federal law since about the mid-70′s due to salmonella outbreaks linked to the turtles (google it if you don’t believe me). Anyplace selling these turtles for any reason other that research or education is doing so illegally and, if they come in a little “habitat” like the one shown here, unscrupulously.
2. Turtles can not survive in tiny critter keepers. They should live 30+ years but most will only make it a few months in such containers. Why? Well:
3. Turtles need 5-10g of water (not tank, water) per inch of shell length to keep clean and happy. What’s more, they need:
4. Heat and UVB to digest, absorb calcium, and grow. Both of the tiny turtles we got in today have severely soft shells from calcium deficiency, and one has a mild respiratory infection from inadequate heat.
5. They also need filtration to help keep clean, or they can develop shell rot, bacterial infections, eye infections, etc. Even with a filter, expect large WEEKLY water changes.
6. A dry area to get totally out of the water to bask. Lacking a basking spot can lead to shell rot, which can go bone deep and be lethal.
7. A nutritious, fortified diet, PLUS fresh foods. Baby turtles need plenty of protein items while adult (sliders) will need a good portion of their diet to be vegetation. Those crappy oversized pellets baby turtles are sold with are not complete nutrition in and of themselves.
8. Finally, turtles need educated owners committed to a high-maintenance, long lived, LARGE pet with significant space requirements. Slider turtles and cooters, the most common species sold in those horrid little boxes, can grow to over a foot in length. The big girl pictured could still easily put on another 5″ or more in size and will need to live in a good hundred gallon tank (at least) to be happy and healthy.

Don’t be an impulsive, uneducated, crummy pet owner. Only get a turtle if you’re ready to provide everything - I mean everything - they need to grow, survive, and thrive. 

And yes, the turtles pictured are now all living in spacious, filtered, heated, UVB’d environments to recover from their negligent care.