Aldabra Island Tortoises at the zoo today

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Aldabra Island Tortoises at the zoo today

Post by herpseeker1978 » May 9th, 2011, 3:00 pm


Be sure to have your sound for two reasons: (1) The male makes noise! and (2) what people were saying about it, there were a ton of kids there today due to field trips!
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Post by monklet » May 10th, 2011, 6:53 am

Fun stuff man. Interesting how the female's carapace is so different than the males.

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Post by monklet » May 10th, 2011, 6:53 am

Fun stuff man. Interesting how the female's carapace is so different than the males.

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Re: Aldabra Island Tortoises at the zoo today

Post by Saunders » May 10th, 2011, 7:16 pm

Dang, that male looks more like a sulcata than an Aldabra.
I like how the female just keeps on eating grass.

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Re: Aldabra Island Tortoises at the zoo today

Post by Paul White » May 11th, 2011, 12:20 pm

I was going to say...you sure the male was aldabra?

The female just looked like "eh, get it over with already" :)

Piggybacking *snort*

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Re: Aldabra Island Tortoises at the zoo today

Post by Geqqo » May 11th, 2011, 1:27 pm

hahaha, great stuff, I love the vocalizations. Male sulcata all the way. They don't call em spur thighs for nothing. Were there anymore sulcatas in the enclosure, or maybe in an enclosure next door and he dug and found his way into the aldabra enclosure? They are notoriously wonderful escape artists for such a large animal. Being a zoological institution I really hope they know that is a sulcata, especially with the state of aldabras in the wild you would think they would be more careful in the inter species relationships, not that anything viable could come of this. That female is a beaut and hopefully she will have some pure babies incubating in her soon. :beer:

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Re: Aldabra Island Tortoises at the zoo today

Post by hellihooks » May 11th, 2011, 4:47 pm

Ehhh... didn't watch the vid. Seen it in person when I cared for Galapagos’s at the Honalulu Zoo... :thumb: Before that, I cared for a huge male Aldabra (180?) tort for like 6 years, working for Jetts petting Zoo. AWESOME animals... :D jim

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Re: Aldabra Island Tortoises at the zoo today

Post by Paul White » May 11th, 2011, 9:42 pm

I've seen spur thighs go at it...I'd love to have 1/2 that endurance...they can take all damn day.

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