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In Topic: How Many Species And Sub-Species In The Genus?

30 April 2013 - 05:23 PM

Thanks for increasing my knowledge.  Until very recently I thought there were two types of tortoise.  Big ones and little ones! I also believed they were fed fresh lettuce and greens with the odd bit of fruit as a treat.  I thought substrate was the posh word for gravel in my tropical fish tank and would expect a tortoise to live in a box with plenty of bedding such as hay/straw etc.


Everyday I'm increasing my knowledge - I even had a discussion with my car share on the way home from work today where I got all jumpy about his assumptions re: tort care.  I think this is a good thing.  He even queried why i wouldn't just get one from the petshop and wasn't aware of the ban on importing tortoises and the necessity of home-bred and certification.  Mind you he insisted a tomato was a vegetable, so I guess I had my work cut out lol.


Even offering to take mine in if/when I go on holiday! 

In Topic: Substrate Clarification Please.

29 April 2013 - 06:26 PM

Thanks Sue!

In Topic: How Many Species And Sub-Species In The Genus?

29 April 2013 - 06:25 PM

I think the people that decide on species are called taxonomists. They don't necessarily agree among themselves and sometimes there are debates and arguments. But most people that have any interest in hermanns recognise the 3 subspecies that Sue stated. 


The tortoises that I have are Hermanni Hermanni and someone who knows a lot about them reckoned the first one I had was Corsican. It kept me occupied for a long time trying to find some more that were also being described as Corsican but I eventually did. I have an article that was published in a german reptile magazine in which the author makes an argument for 8 different types of hermanni hermanni! 

Taxonomists - a great word by the way - may be prevalent in a lot of hobbies and walks of life.  I mentioned it briefly that they are at the same game with wild birds and "splitting" species on so-called scientific grounds.  (I am somewhat cynical and believe they are just adding another species to add to their list of birds seen).
  I can say that on here but never on my bird forum ;)

In Topic: Substrate Clarification Please.

28 April 2013 - 01:11 PM

Thanks - will stick to the topsoil (sterilised) and add to the shopping list.  Now is not the time to experiment with substrates.  Sue, are we talking about a proper watering as opposed to merely spraying the surface?

In Topic: How Many Species And Sub-Species In The Genus?

28 April 2013 - 01:06 PM

Can I take it the dwarf species is not "officially" recognised then? T Hermanni sarda as well as T hermanni peleponnesica.

I blame Lance Jepson and his book for mentioning this in such a throwaway fashion lol.