Care and Breeding YellowFoot Tortoises – Geochelone

In the Fall of 1997 I decided to start a breeding project to propagate Geochelone denticulata, the Yellowfoot Tortoise from South America. I start with a male specimen I got in Atlanta, a tortoise in captivity for twelve years with no other yellowfoot company. Named “Elmo”, this large male geochelone denticulata is a voracious eater … Read more

Wood Turtles Clemmys insculpta

Name: Wood Turtles Scientific Name: Clemmys insculpta Country of Origin: The wood turtle ranges from Nova Scotia south to northern Virginia and west through southern Ontario and New York to northeastern Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, eastern Minnesota, and northeastern Iowa. What I like best about Wood Turtles is their intelligence. They’re pretty unafraid of people and … Read more

Spotted Turtles – Scientific Name: Clemmys guttata

Country of Origin: In the Northeastern United States, spotted turtles might be found in larger vernal pools, particularly those close to other wetland systems. Spotted turtles move about in search of feeding resources and are apt to feed upon salamander eggs in vernal pools. The spotted turtle is yet another species in decline in North … Read more

Hatching Geochelone Denticulata Breeding Yellow Foot Tortoises

Hatching Geochelone Denticulata (S.A. Yellowfoot Tortoise) This is a pan-shot of the 15 gallon aquarium I modified into an incubator. A thermometer over the water bath shows 82-87 degrees. The eggs are on fluorrescent “egg crate” about two and a half inches above the water’s surface. The water bath is 90 degrees. The airspace the … Read more

How To Trap Turtles

Turtle Trapping For Dummies or How To Trap Turtles This thorough document describes how to trap turtles, including the equipment needed, time of day, where and how to set a trap and what kind of trap to use. Sounds like a lot of fun. Make sure to put the trap in shallow(ish) water. https://drjohnson.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Turtle_Trapping_For_Dummies.pdf