Dear Members and Friends:
Our Spring meeting will
be held on Saturday, April 28 in the park by the Gazebo
next to the Belle Cooledge Library, 5600 South Land Park Drive,
I hope your winter months went by smoothly without any casualties and I'm sure some are still in hibernation as I am writing this newsletter. Most of the Bunker residents are awake now and it is good to see them again. I do hope all of yours woke up and are healthy and hungry and ready for a good long summer of enjoying their lives and us enjoying them!
You'll notice the flyer for our 2018 TURTLERAMA on June 2nd this year. I am hoping the temperature will not soar to 104 or 106 in June as it has been doing in August. PLEASE let me know if you will be able to bring some of your pets to show off to the visitors to the event. Please email or phone me or let me know at the meeting if you can participate. We need displays and definitely need helpers for setting up and breaking down displays altho we don't have that many displays thanks to the library shutting us out. Tracey and Steve will be bringing their fully grown Sulcata, Ben, to the show because it is very important to show people in person how large these tortoises grow. You might want to bring photos of the environments in your own back yards to show people the correct way to house their pets. There will be plenty to talk about at our meeting on April 28. Your ideas will be greatly appreciated and put to good use.
AT THE BUNKER
I decided to delete what I had
first written here because I am sure you are tired of hearing
about rats and raccoons visiting The Bunker and doing a lot of
damage. We'll talk about the fun stuff instead:
The ones living in isolation
are really not 'naughty', they are just doing their thing which
is to mate as often as possible and as aggressively as possible
I might add. Even if the females are willing, the males persist
in shoving them, biting them and even sometimes dumping them
upside down which is not very nice. Many of the females, however,
seem to enjoy the chase and often stop running and turn around
to make sure the male is still there and often encourage this
behavior. I leave everyone alone unless they start biting and
causing harm to one another. Box turtles are usually guilty of
biting and not letting go. Sometimes the Gulf Coast box turtles
may drown their mate.......Be Alert!
The Hermann's tortoises seem to be the most aggressive. They are relentless in their pursuit. They never seem to tire of the 'game'. And it can be very annoying to watch this behavior. But if you watch closely, the females do not seem to mind at all. The Greek tortoises are not quite so bad. The Russians try but they seem to prefer to fight with other males than do anything else. I don't see this behavior in the larger tortoises like the Leopards and Desert tortoises. (I don't have any Sulcatas so I can't report on them). But the larger species seem not to be so violent with the females and will often 'shove' them around but not dump them upside down, but sometimes accidents happen, and then someone will post a video playing soft 'friends' music as one tortoise tries to upright the other. Of course, most people don't realize that the male did this in the first place and is trying to fix things so he can continue this behavior. Those of us who 'know', are very amused by these videos and the public's response to them.
Enjoy your pets and their lifestyle. You are all doing a wonderful job caring for them.
For Sale: Randy will have some spotted hatchlings for sale at our meeting if anyone is interested.