Loudoun County Library Series: Backyards Alive at Sterling Library

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The 2017 Summer Reading theme is “Build a Better World”. Reptiles Alive will be presenting our Backyards Alive show where we will learn what to do when you encounter wild animals and how to help wildlife in your own neighborhood!  Featured animals may include an eastern rat snake, box turtle, snapping turtle, and other amazing native species. Watch this fun and educational video on what to do if you find a turtle in the road near you!

Confused Tortoise

Matt is an African spurred tortoise (Geochelone sulcata).  He visits us for summer camp and enjoys mowing the lawn, eating delicious veggis from the garden, and visiting with the neighbor’s dog through the fence.

Matt must have had too many conversations with the chocolate lab next door.  Could this be defined as an identity crises?

Sulcatas grow quickly, eat constantly, and leave copious amounts of poo in their wake.  An adult Sulcata can easily weight over 100 pounds!  The largest African Spurred tortoise on record lived at the Giza Zoological Gardens weighing in at 232 pounds!

These tortoises are very difficult to care for.  They require constant warm dry temperatures, a very secure enclosure, eat a large variety of food, and are constantly getting into trouble destroying their surroundings.  We fondly call them little reptilian tanks.

I love watching Matt explore the wonderful outdoors and being the silly clown that he is.