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josh.p.
12-04-2009, 05:05 PM
You are probably going to be bored of these by the end of Summer... but I had the torts out on the lawn today since it is full of weeds for them to eat!!
Here are some of my favourite pics;
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a332/josh7456/DSCF0089.jpg
Yanni
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a332/josh7456/DSCF0134.jpg
Tommy
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a332/josh7456/Tommy.jpg
Tommy
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a332/josh7456/DSCF0110.jpg
'All aboard the tortoise-train'
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a332/josh7456/DSCF0094.jpg
Yanni feelin' a bit shy
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a332/josh7456/DSCF0104.jpg
Smaller tort is Nearly 3... Yanni is about 20
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a332/josh7456/DSCF0152.jpg
(Left to Right) Yanni- (about 20), Gus(7-8), Tommy (7-8)

foreverducky
12-04-2009, 05:09 PM
Wow! Awesome pictures Josh!!! :D

lisaw
12-04-2009, 05:37 PM
Fantastic! They look so wise :yes:

Isafari
12-04-2009, 06:15 PM
Brilliant photos Josh....it must be hard to recognise Gus from Tommy :unsure:
I am thinking they are like giraffe markings and if you spend time with them, you will recognise their patterns. :unsure:

josh.p.
12-04-2009, 06:23 PM
Brilliant photos Josh....it must be hard to recognise Gus from Tommy :unsure:
I am thinking they are like giraffe markings and if you spend time with them, you will recognise their patterns. :unsure:
It is quite easy really.. not so much their patterns but the shape of their shells etc. Gus is bigger too :yes:. Plus, Tommy is a male and the back of their shells take a slightly different shape.

Buzz and Woody are the hardest- but then I can tell the difference easily! Buzz is darker than Woody :yes:

Thanks for all the compliments about the pics... I do think I am getting better at photography. Just need a proper camera now :yes:

foreverducky
12-04-2009, 07:39 PM
i can just imagine you laying in the grass with them trying to get those full on face photos! They are really good Josh, really!

Mags
12-04-2009, 07:47 PM
What great little guys Josh! Lovely photos.

Margaret

josh.p.
12-04-2009, 08:19 PM
i can just imagine you laying in the grass with them trying to get those full on face photos! They are really good Josh, really!
I was covered in soil and grass stains!! Not the good kind of grass stains though :unsure:

Britchick
12-04-2009, 08:33 PM
love them Josh, particularly the first few!

josh.p.
12-04-2009, 09:06 PM
love them Josh, particularly the first few!
Thank you :D I do like close-up pics the best. I find backgrounds distracting

mumof2
12-04-2009, 10:30 PM
they're fabulous photos Josh, the close ups are amazing. i agree with Lisa, they look so wise.....:yes:

Tink
12-04-2009, 11:08 PM
Is it my imagination or is Tommy actually posing? I think he is! :yes:

You know I love your babies, Josh. They are magnificent creatures. Thank you for sharing them with us. :hug2:

Britchick
13-04-2009, 10:05 AM
Thank you :D I do like close-up pics the best. I find backgrounds distracting

and you've got good depth of field on them, i like the composition of the first one particularly too :thumbsup:

josh.p.
13-04-2009, 11:23 AM
Is it my imagination or is Tommy actually posing? I think he is! :yes:

You know I love your babies, Josh. They are magnificent creatures. Thank you for sharing them with us. :hug2:
I secretly think he is posing too :yes: I have 4-5 shots of him all taken at different times where he is 'striking' the same pose :lol:


and you've got good depth of field on them, i like the composition of the first one particularly too :thumbsup:
Thank you :D :hug2: I entered one of Tommy into a reptile photography competition on a forum I go on- fingers crossed!

Beccaberry
13-04-2009, 04:03 PM
:awesome: photos, Josh...the colors are brilliant! Well done :thumbsup:

josh.p.
13-04-2009, 04:48 PM
:awesome: photos, Josh...the colors are brilliant! Well done :thumbsup:
thank you :D I love the colour of the grass! I just wish I could have got some sky in the background too :yes:

Tink
13-04-2009, 06:02 PM
Oh! Meant to ask, did you put the little tort on the back of the big one, or did it crawl there by itself? :unsure:

Also, what is the purpose of the heavy scales on a tort's legs?

If you look quickly at the first photo of Yanni, the shadowing at the neck area makes it look like he's sticking out his tongue! :lol: I said you have to look quickly. :dozey:

josh.p.
13-04-2009, 09:00 PM
Oh! Meant to ask, did you put the little tort on the back of the big one, or did it crawl there by itself? :unsure:

Also, what is the purpose of the heavy scales on a tort's legs?

If you look quickly at the first photo of Yanni, the shadowing at the neck area makes it look like he's sticking out his tongue! :lol: I said you have to look quickly. :dozey:
I put him there :rotfl: I needed a pic for my tort-site to display the size difference, people often buy them thinking that you can just keep them in tiny enclosures all their lives.... 8 years down the line they have a 2 kilo tortoise stomping about in a tiny guinea pig cage :sorry:

The heavy scales are for protection predation is a very big threat to them in the wild and they do not fully go into their shells and shut it like some people think so. They do retract but not to the extent they just look like a lone-shell :yes: They also use them for ripping and tearing their food- I will have to video it to explain it but they put their front paw on the food, and then "pull" on it with their mouth (which contains boney jaws rather than teeth)

I see what you mean about Yanni's tounge! :yes::unsure:

Tink
14-04-2009, 01:08 AM
So it is a paw then on a tortoise, and not a foot? Never knew that!

josh.p.
14-04-2009, 01:12 PM
So it is a paw then on a tortoise, and not a foot? Never knew that!
I think it is a paw :unsure: Not sure if there is a proper scientific name but I call it a paw rather than a foot. I call the front ones paws and the back ones feet.

I think their back legs look like elephant's legs!