Thursday, August 21, 2008

Tortoise Fieldtrip

We went on a wonderful fieldtrip to see some tortoises yesterday and had a blast!

The kids got to hold...

Box Turtles

Leopard Tortoises

Red Foot Tortoises

Kim, the owner, was wonderful with the kids. She was very knowledgeable and answered all of the kids’ questions. We even learned the difference between boy and girl tortoises. Do you know the difference?

She also had several African Spurred tortoises as well. This tortoise is the largest of the tortoises found on the African mainland. These guys were still somewhat small, with the largest being about 45 lbs. In the wild, they can grow up to 80-110 lbs.

I was surprised that the kids were not adamant on getting their own turtle or tortoise. They haven’t even asked yet. That could mean one of two things…they don’t want one (unlikely) or they know that Justin and I will most likely say no (more likely). I’m not sure how the Navy would feel about transporting a tortoise overseas if we were to ever get stationed away from the US. Probably not very favorably. I think they prefer the four legged creatures and we’ve met our limit (according to military housing and overseas travel).

It was a great trip and if Kim is still in the area I’d love to do it again next year.

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