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Post Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 3:27 pm   Greetings from a California newbie

While driving through our suburb on the way home a month ago we spotted something in the middle of an intersection, perhaps 30 yards from the bank of a city-owned canal. The canal is a good 30 yards wide and "V" shaped down 20+ feet to a flat, cement bottom. This being a dry winter, there's been no water in it. The "something" was what we've learned is a RES, 6" wide and 9" long, as best we could guess by holding a ruler above it. From what we can tell from front claws and rear tail it's a male.

With the canal so dry we brought him home. Almost immediately after putting him down, he made a bee-line for the 10' W x 18' L x 3' deep lily pond, and slid in. He seems comfortable, began climbing up to bask after a week, hasn't gone after the goldfish (all between 6 and 8") and is slowly but surely getting used to humans being nearby and feeding him. So far it's only pellets, lily pads and other greenery in the pond.

Will ask in another area about wintertime concerns, but just thought I'd say hello. LOTS to read here.
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Post Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 10:26 pm   Re: Greetings from a California newbie

Welcome to the forum! Sounds like you might have a female, you will want to try to feel for some eggs. Any pics? The pond sounds pretty nice :)
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Post Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 11:23 pm   Re: Greetings from a California newbie

What part of Cali?
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:31 am   Re: Greetings from a California newbie

In the San Francisco bay area. Will post pictures soon. Thanks for the welcome!
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Post Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 2:16 pm   Re: Greetings from a California newbie

Well, it's taken two months, but here's a picture of Gamera, basking. To save you time thinking I'd misidentified it's gender I was over-ruled during the naming process, so while I'm 99% sure it's a female it has a male name. Pretend it's Michael :wink:
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Post Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:17 pm   Re: Greetings from a California newbie

Were those white patches on her shell there when you found her?
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Post Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:03 am   Re: Greetings from a California newbie

That's a great looking photo (and turtle)!
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