"Emydidae" is the name of a family of turtles. What I want to know is what does the name *mean*. I have exhausted my google-fu and the best I've been able to find is this wiktionary
link that gives a meaning for "-idae" as "appearance". Any reptile/turtle fans care to enlighten me?
posted by moss free
on Mar 26, 2013 -
What's the movie "with the guy and the animals and he rides the turtle home"? Cryptic text message from a 23-year-old who may be slightly inebriated has us wondering.
posted by reren
on Oct 29, 2011 -
A friend of mine came across this
wild tortoise on the road, outside Querétaro, México. She took it to the vet, who patched her up, sowed up the bits that needed sowing and put most of the shell back together, sans a couple of pieces. It's about 10 inches long.
She's going to have to take care of it until it's well enough to go back to the wild and has no clue how to go about it.
Off the top of her head, she'd like to know:
¿What should it eat? ¿Should she place it outside in the garden or in the house? ¿Sun or shade? ¿Water, earth, or both? ¿Will the Labrador retriever be a problem? ¿Should her trio of rambunctious kids be kept away?
Any other interesting fact or recommendation you can share will be most welcome, and will surely net you a beer on your next visit.
posted by Cobalt
on Jul 2, 2011 -
One Hen, Two ducks, radio test/memory trick VS. alternate version - Are you a Turtle? [more inside]
posted by bartleby
on Aug 17, 2010 -
My red-eared slider built a nest in my garden last week, dropped about ten eggs into it, then tamped it all down pretty firmly.
I've looked through the pet forums, but all the ones I've found focus on moving the nest inside and nurturing the eggs myself. I'd rather take a more laissez-faire approach. [more inside]
posted by kanewai
on Jul 9, 2010 -
The youth program I work for has taken in a painted turtle from the wild against my advice. We are very ill-prepared to care for this thing. What advice can you give so I can keep this thing healthy for as long as possible, given the limited resources we have? [more inside]
posted by Think_Long
on Jul 6, 2010 -
What equipment do I need to care for a pet turtle? What are some good practices for making sure that the turtle thrives? [more inside]
posted by jujube
on Jun 19, 2008 -
I'd like to be a snake handler, but live in Chicago and have no professional snake experience. Where could I get some snake related experience? [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44
on Oct 15, 2007 -
(Two part question: part 1 – help me find a reference, part 2 – am I crazy?)
I know I have read somewhere that on rare occasions fish and frogs can be dragged from their watery residences by waterspouts and deposited miles away. There are many references on the web referring to this type of phenomena, but there is a particularly extreme example which I seek… [more inside]
posted by kmadd
on Aug 13, 2007 -