Meet Zeus!

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.

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  • Skye said,
    April 6, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    You are such a turtle fan. Lol. I wonder whether or not my boyfriend would like a turtle .. he’s rejected the rat idea already (I love rats!!). Anyway, he looks gorgeous and I’m sure he’ll stay that way what with the care I know you’ll lavish upon him. Lol.

  • MK said,
    April 6, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    I love animals… Zues is a great name for a turtile …I used to own a whole bunch of hamsters then my mother had me get rid of them as they had reproduced to an uncontrollable state.I have dogs now and I’m happy with little tomo

  • Pia said,
    April 6, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    How about that! I hope he’ll be a good turtle!

  • Laurie said,
    April 6, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    very cute little tutle. i think Zeus is a perfect name for him. i’m a cat, rat and snake fan myself but i wouldnt mind getting a tutle someday. they seem like wonderful pets.

  • navywing said,
    April 7, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    I remember I used to have one really small turtle, but then my neighbours’ kids stole it. So mean. Anyway, I think your turtle is cute, but it’s so big compared to mine. Becareful, my friend once lost his turtle because it climbed out into his deck and fell off. And you know how in Hong Kong all the buildings are so tall, yea it died.

  • mae said,
    April 7, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    hahaha you’re boyfriend thinks you’re crazy eh? hehehe! wow… even though I don’t like scientific names you made me read them haha! ^_^ looks cute! congrats! I know you’ll take care of Zeus very, very well! Good thing your boyfriend doesn’t get jealous over your pets? they have their own site eh hahahaha!

  • Elea said,
    April 7, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    Zeus really is a gorgeous turtle! His colouring is just beautiful.With your love of turtles, I can just picture you as the cool turtle lady later on in life. How many do you think you’ll eventually have? 20? 30?

  • hope said,
    April 8, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    Zeus is lovely, such a sweet turtle, which is odd since i dont normally like things like turtles but Zeus is an exceptionn i love the markings on his little neck

  • Vicki said,
    April 8, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    Congratulations!I know you’ve wanted him for a while. He’s such a lucky turtle, it’s a shame they don’t all end up with such devoted families. Hope he settles in well

  • Chialia said,
    April 8, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    What an awesome turtle!! I love it! That’s a cool rad name for him too!

  • Blanca said,
    April 8, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    lol! cute turtle.. awesome layout too! it’s so formal yet cool

  • cat said,
    April 8, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    your turtle is adorable. i love turtles.. say, how do you go about finding and adopting a turtle? is that a Hong Kong thing? here in Canada we can only seem to get the from pet stores for a crapload of money. and i don’t believe in pet stores…

  • April 9, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    I’m using your theme in my blog.Thank yout ! :-)I’m from Brazil !

  • Brenda said,
    April 9, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    Zeus looks so adorable! He seems to have a slightly ‘dazed’ look from that photo. But very soon he would be used to your camera! Haha.

  • Melissa said,
    April 9, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    I have a turtle too, they are so much fun to have. Mine is a red-eared slider, though. Anyway, I love the name, Zeus.

  • Suzume said,
    April 10, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    Ahh! I used to have a turtle, but it got sick and died x.x I didn’t have any money to take it to a vet. I hope he fits in nicely with your turtle family! He is mega-cute

  • soohk said,
    April 10, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    I love turtle. I had one during my teens…

  • Michelle said,
    April 10, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    Awww, soo adorable. I alway’s wanted a pet turtle, but felt that it would be a bit stressful to care for one. Well, I do have a zoo at my house already as it is… so one more pet is out of the question.

  • Mariah said,
    April 11, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    AWW! I love little turtles, never had one before though

  • Angela said,
    April 11, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    He is so adorable! I absolutely love turtles, as does my boyfriend. I hope you have fun with him! He’s so cute looking!

  • Bubs said,
    April 13, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    Congrats on the turtle! He’s so cute

  • juley said,
    April 13, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    adorable turtle! mine just sleeps all day..sorta like me lol =)

  • Loze said,
    April 17, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    Zeus is gorgeous. I love turtles They are such quiet creatures, I wouldn’t mind one myself

  • morfy said,
    April 17, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    Zeus is lovely…hope u don’t plane on taking an other turtle (female one)…Hera really got on his nerves

  • Suzu said,
    April 17, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    Zeus is a cute turtle! My friend own three turtles too. Turtles are interesting creatures! A pet for the whole life! ^^

  • Kayla said,
    April 18, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    Cute turtle! I used to have a turtle…but then he got to big for his cage and we had to give him away. Now I miss her. She’s prolly still alive though! Perfect name too!

  • Sam said,
    April 18, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    Aww! He’s cute! Turtles are nice pets.

  • Brenda said,
    April 20, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    Aww, where’s Becca? It’s been quite a while.

  • Rich said,
    April 20, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    I was given a baby desert tortoise in 1988, named it Zeus. Sweet little thing, barely an inch and a half long. It takes a few years before you know the sex of a desert tortoise; turned out Zeus was a female. Today, about a foot long, she lives in our Arizona backyard with a male tortoise, Soki, who came to us as a baby about 1993. They have given us several nests of babies; today there are six beautiful babies in our indoor habitat, all hatched last October.

  • Kc said,
    April 20, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    How adorable! Zeus is a perfect name for him.

  • Jessica said,
    April 23, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    I absolutely love Turtles. I want one badly now. I used to own three RES but had to pass them on to someone who had more funds to care for them as they grew and got bigger. Since then though I have more money and have been looking into getting a Greek/Russian/Egyptian tortoise. In either case, I want one terribly bad but they are pretty pricey. Congrats on the awesome find though! I’ll have to research and see if there are any reptile stores around me that I can look through.

  • Ms Muse said,
    April 24, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    Turtles are gorgeous creatures …

  • Nicholas said,
    April 24, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    Aw, he does look majestic. ^^

  • Melissa said,
    April 26, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    Awww, such a cute turtle! I’ve always admired your smilies, by the way

  • Amanda said,
    April 26, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    awww, Zeus is so cute! How lucky of him to have a turtlog! *totally loving turtles right now*

  • kalen said,
    April 30, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    i love your turtle he is adorable. take good care of him! side note: im using an altered version of almost spring on my site, just wanted to say hi!

  • Hellen said,
    May 1, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    Thats a really cute turtle. I have been wanting to get a pet for a while now, i should probably take turtles into consideration

  • Ame said,
    October 28, 2005 9 years, 151 days ago

    Er, are they called tortoise? i thought turtles had flippy legs? >.

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