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Old 27-08-2009, 04:19 AM   #1
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Red face Is my Taco the only Chaco in the forum world?

Hi all, I am new to this forum but belong to Tortoiseforum.org in the U.S. I have a 3-year-old Chaco tortoise from Argentina. Due to ignorance, we did not feed or care for her properly (she actually "belonged" to one of my daughters) until this summer, so she has serious pyramiding on her carapace scutes.

I wish I could fine someone else who owns a Chaco so I can get information on that specific breed. I now have her in an outdoor pen most of the time, as we live in sunny Colorado, but bring her in to her tortoise house (36"x24", with hide) at night.

She is a funny little critter and gets a wild hare from time to time and will walk the perimeter of our entire yard, exploring every tree, shrub and brick.

She is an extremely picky eater. We no longer give her the Romaine lettuce that was her sole food for her first three years. I have offered (and she has repeatedly refused to touch): clover, mallow, dandelion, pansies, petunias, moss roses, thistles, geranium, parsnip, broccoli, mustard greens, banana, and apples (peeled, cored and cut into small pieces). She WILL eat endive, grapes and watermelon, and her favorite food grows in my neighbor's garden: a common weed called Euphobia Maculata. Yes, it was on the "poisonous plant list" on this forum, but if it is poisonous to Taco I think she would have gotten sick by now, and she's been eating it voraciously since I became her keeper two months ago. I'd love to feed her something else, and I try new things every day, most recently "spring mix" salad leaves from the grocery store. Even those she only picks at and often ignores.

Sorry this is so long; I will try to post some pictures and would appreciate the input of people on this forum, especially if anyone out there also has a Chaco and knows how to accommodate their idiosyncracies.


Taco in the garden


Here you can see how severely her shell is pyamiding


Taco enjoying her watermelon
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Old 27-08-2009, 02:27 PM   #2
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Great! I hope he sees this post.
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Old 27-08-2009, 07:33 PM   #3
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what a gorgeous tortoise
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Old 27-08-2009, 09:01 PM   #4
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Hi,
Nope your not the only one with Chaco tortoises. Here is my group http://www.shelledwarriors.co.uk/for...ighlight=chaco
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Mine aren't very picky as to what they eat though. What is your set-up like for Taco?

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Old 27-08-2009, 09:35 PM   #5
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what a beautiful tortoise you have!
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Old 27-08-2009, 10:18 PM   #6
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Is that their colour?
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Old 27-08-2009, 11:59 PM   #7
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Drop me an email if you are interested in an article I wrote on these guys. They are my favorite. epirog@comcast.net

You might want to keep your eyes open. There is a guy in Florida who is bringing them in and says they are from Argentina. He is selling them at a very good price.

(did you pick up any of those danny? There were some amazing animals but I don't think they were from Argentina).

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Hi all, I am new to this forum but belong to Tortoiseforum.org in the U.S. I have a 3-year-old Chaco tortoise from Argentina. Due to ignorance, we did not feed or care for her properly (she actually "belonged" to one of my daughters) until this summer, so she has serious pyramiding on her carapace scutes.

I wish I could fine someone else who owns a Chaco so I can get information on that specific breed. I now have her in an outdoor pen most of the time, as we live in sunny Colorado, but bring her in to her tortoise house (36"x24", with hide) at night.

She is a funny little critter and gets a wild hare from time to time and will walk the perimeter of our entire yard, exploring every tree, shrub and brick.

She is an extremely picky eater. We no longer give her the Romaine lettuce that was her sole food for her first three years. I have offered (and she has repeatedly refused to touch): clover, mallow, dandelion, pansies, petunias, moss roses, thistles, geranium, parsnip, broccoli, mustard greens, banana, and apples (peeled, cored and cut into small pieces). She WILL eat endive, grapes and watermelon, and her favorite food grows in my neighbor's garden: a common weed called Euphobia Maculata. Yes, it was on the "poisonous plant list" on this forum, but if it is poisonous to Taco I think she would have gotten sick by now, and she's been eating it voraciously since I became her keeper two months ago. I'd love to feed her something else, and I try new things every day, most recently "spring mix" salad leaves from the grocery store. Even those she only picks at and often ignores.

Sorry this is so long; I will try to post some pictures and would appreciate the input of people on this forum, especially if anyone out there also has a Chaco and knows how to accommodate their idiosyncracies.


Taco in the garden


Here you can see how severely her shell is pyamiding


Taco enjoying her watermelon
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No I didn't get any as they didn't look good to me. He won't though be at the expo next year. Not sure where they are from, but it's possible they are from Argentina.

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Last time I looked Argentina had a zero quota. All those that have come through in the last 10 years have been out of Paraguay. Those that he had looked like the ones out of Paraguay (I personally think they are the same animal... but that's another discussion). He supposedly has a 20 acre farm in Argentina that is run by his partner. He said he was bringing in some next month... want some contact info.

He sold most of the good ones before the show opened. Russ Gurley and Jerry Fife picked up some beautiful females... $250 each.

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Is that their colour?
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Hi Anna,
The color you see on Taco is actually nail polish that I put on her to find her when she disappears among the foliage in the gardens and yard, so we don't spend hours looking for her. I didn't know it was bad for tortoises to paint their shells so I will let the polish wear away.
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