"True Russian" Tortoises ;)

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Re: "True Russian" Tortoises ;)

Postby Bigjoe » Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:51 pm

Beautiful pics Alex,yes the pleasure on finding Tortoises/ Turtles in the wild is priceless ..keep the pictures coming
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Re: "True Russian" Tortoises ;)

Postby Tortoise Trust » Tue Jul 26, 2016 6:27 am

Excellent... that is extremely stony for a nesting site, by any standards!
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Re: "True Russian" Tortoises ;)

Postby Tracy33 » Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:54 pm

What fantastic pics Alex !!!... :D
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Re: "True Russian" Tortoises ;)

Postby Clara » Tue Jul 26, 2016 10:00 pm

Amazing. Can't believe she would choose such a stony spot to lay.

Pictures are stunning.
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Re: "True Russian" Tortoises ;)

Postby O`Donnell » Wed Jul 27, 2016 9:32 pm

Tortoise Trust wrote:Excellent... that is extremely stony for a nesting site, by any standards!


Thank You, I`m so sorry of my absence. only in cases of work could be online


Andy, it's still pure marl, softer ground compared to stone in the landscapes that You have shown for the nominative Greek tortoise. It's like a half-clay, soften after the rain, and drying and cracking in the gravel in the heat.
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Re: "True Russian" Tortoises ;)

Postby O`Donnell » Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:31 pm

Bigjoe wrote:Beautiful pics Alex,yes the pleasure on finding Tortoises/ Turtles in the wild is priceless ...


Thank You Joe, it`s a real post of hope! One of the rarest subspecies of ibera group, in Russian Federation Red List classified as Category 1 -- "Under the threat of extinction", with the status: "Species with steadily decreasing livestock, some populations of which are on the verge of extinction" One of the last nature reserves:
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Re: "True Russian" Tortoises ;)

Postby Avatar » Thu Jul 28, 2016 10:57 am

Very nice pics! Thank you for posting! Can't believe the nesting site could be that stony :o :o :o
No wonder it's a real post of hope! :shock: :shock: :shock: What are you going to do with the eggs? leave them there and closely monitoring or any interventions needed like artificial incubation and then release the hatchings back to the wild?
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Re: "True Russian" Tortoises ;)

Postby O`Donnell » Tue Aug 23, 2016 1:13 am

Thank You, Gloria! I even hadn`t in mind digging up the clutch, the habitat is not under an explicit threat.But as for visiting this place - I will, whenever possible ;)
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Re: "True Russian" Tortoises ;)

Postby O`Donnell » Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:58 am

It is sort of offtopic: not Russia but Azerbaijan. one of the former Soviet republics. But I couldn`t resist sharing, so interesting behavior of the taxonomically enigmatic tortoise of ibera complex -- bathing in a salse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFKZ31h ... e=youtu.be
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Re: "True Russian" Tortoises ;)

Postby Bigjoe » Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:08 pm

Very interesting footage Alex...can you translate if possible the commentary
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