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SweetGreekTorts 28-09-2018 03:19 PM

Hello From the Arizona Desert
 
Good Morning! I'm new to this Forum and wanted to introduce myself.

My name is Kitty (yes, real first name) and I live in Arizona. I've had various species of tortoises and turtles for most of my life. After many years of raising my personal ones as pets, I have moved forward to include rescuing tortoises in need, and have now advanced toward breeding tortoises.

My personal favorites are the Testudo graeca, which are the species I want to specialize in with my breeding program. I've been acquiring hatchlings that I am raising to adulthood and will then breed. I am also working on my own website that will provide information and pictures of each Greek subspecies so I can teach others and provide the guidance needed to take the best care.

Here is a handful of my graeca hatchlings!
https://img1.wsimg.com/isteam/ip/ac6...900,h:660,a:cc
(pictured: Testudo graeca ibera - Northern Turkey, Testudo graeca ibera - Ankara Turkey, Testudo graeca terrestris -Mesopotamian/Jordan, and Testudo graeca marokkensis).

This morning I am receiving Testudo graeca cyrenaica hatchlings.

I will be adding five more subspecies next season (Testudo graeca graeca - Moorish, Testudo graeca terrestris - Lebanon, Testudo graeca terrestris - Bodenheimer's Floweri/Gaza, Testudo graeca soussensis, and Testudo graeca nabeulensis). Still a few more after all this to "complete the collection."

All of my unrelated Greek hatchlings come from pure bloodlines, from adults that were imported directly from the site of natural origin and then raised and bred in the United States. Most of my stock is from Chris Leone at Garden State Tortoise.

I am also breeding the Russian Tortoise - my effort to provide more captive-breds and reduce the market need for "wild caught."

I look forward to getting to know other members, learning from them, and also sharing what I have learned from my own experiences and research.

Thank you!

Kitty
"Sweet Greek Torts"

Suze65 28-09-2018 07:03 PM

Hi Kitty and welcome. Oh my word, I think you will have quite a few fans on here with your collection of graeca’s. it would be lovely to see more pictures of your different sub species.

emma_mcraf 28-09-2018 09:03 PM

Welcome Kitty!
What a wonderful introduction and I think you can certainly share your experience as it sounds like you have a lot. I know there’s a few of us who are fans of Chris Leone too.
As Suze says, it’ll be lovely to admire further photos. :-)

SweetGreekTorts 28-09-2018 09:14 PM

Thank you! I will work on a post to share more photos of my graeca hatchlings. May have to do it by subspecies, which may be best anyway to share an exclusive view of each and provide plenty of good photos.

SweetGreekTorts 28-09-2018 09:43 PM

Here are my Testudo graeca terrestris (Mesopotamian/Jordan) hatchlings.

*You will have to excuse my use of actual names. Because I desire to be as knowledgeable and skilled with these subspecies, I feel it's important to be as accurate about them as possible, including the use of their official names.

"Apollo" hatched on June 15, 2018, and was not incubated to encourage a specific gender, so I'm just hoping it turns out male.

"Theia" hatched July 16, 2018, and was incubated to encourage female gender.

I will be getting a second female next season. Raising my groups as "1.2 trio" for now.

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SweetGreekTorts 28-09-2018 09:54 PM

Here are my Testudo graeca ibera (Asia Minor/Northern Turkey) hatchlings.

"Orion" hatched on July 9, 2018, and was incubated to encourage male gender.

"Selene" hatched July 13, 2018, and was incubated to encourage female gender.

"Demeter" hatched July 28, 2018, and was incubated to encourage female gender.

https://img1.wsimg.com/isteam/ip/ac6...900,h:660,a:cc
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SweetGreekTorts 28-09-2018 10:08 PM

Here are my Testudo graeca ibera (Asia Minor/Ankara Turkey) hatchlings. This is a rare subspecies, directly from the heart of Ankara, Turkey.

"Hermes" hatched on August 9, 2018, and was incubated to encourage male gender.

"Athena" hatched August 15, 2018, and was incubated to encourage female gender.

"Kleio" hatched August 16, 2018, and was incubated to encourage female gender.

https://img1.wsimg.com/isteam/ip/ac6...900,h:660,a:cc
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SweetGreekTorts 28-09-2018 10:16 PM

Here are my Testudo graeca marokkensis (Northern Moroccan) hatchlings.

"Pandora" hatched June 17, 2018, and was incubated to encourage female gender.

"Rhea" hatched June 23, 2018, and was incubated to encourage female gender.

I am getting an incubated male next season.

https://img1.wsimg.com/isteam/ip/ac6...900,h:660,a:cc
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SweetGreekTorts 28-09-2018 10:31 PM

Here are my Testudo graeca cyrenaica (Libyan) hatchlings.

"Leda" hatched June 23, 2018, and was incubated to encourage female gender.

"Achelois" hatched July 1, 2018, and was incubated to encourage female gender.

I am getting an incubated male next season.

https://img1.wsimg.com/isteam/ip/ac6...900,h:660,a:cc
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https://img1.wsimg.com/isteam/ip/ac6...900,h:660,a:cc

Jan W 29-09-2018 08:46 PM

Hi Kitty
Thank you for a great photo. So sweet!


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