The latest addition to our family:
Why Zeus? Well we thought such a majestic creature deserved a flamboyant name. He’s a Serrated Box Turtle (Cuora Serrata) and I’m absolutely thrilled with his arrival. He’s settling in well and thankfully is in good health.
I’m saving all the turtley details that most wouldn’t be interested in for Turtlog, so here’s a quick (probably boring) summary:
- All species in the genus Cuora are listed under CITES Appendix II. This means that they are “not necessarily threatened with extinction, but trade must be controlled in order to avoid utilization incompatible with their survival”.
- Some believe that Serrata is a hybrid between Cuora galbinifrons and Pyxidea mouhotii. Some don’t. I just intend to take care of my turtle and let the experts make a decision about that one.
- I’m ecstatic over finding and adopting him. My whole family (also turtle lovers) is delighted. My boyfriend thinks we’re crazy.