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Posted by Linda on March 23, 1999 at 21:25:08:
In Reply to: Re: Texas Tortoise Found posted by Linda on March 23, 1999 at 21:19:17:
: : : A resident of my neighborhood gave me a Texas Tortoise after finding it walking down his street. It appears to be an older male tortoise and weighs about 15
: : : pounds. He is very active during the day and has been roaming around my large back yard for about a week. I have been making a number of vegetables available
: : : which he has been taking in quantity while he roams. I understand that these creatures are protected in Texas and while I consider myself capable of providing a
: : : decent (car free) backyard environment for him, I am interested in either obtaining any permit required for posession or setting him up with a wildlife reserve. I live in
: : : the Austin, TX area. Any advice?
: : i think you should know that the fine for having a texas tortise is about 10,000 dollars
: : that is what a friend of mine has told me. And to get a permit to keep them is very hard to do.
: : I find them all yhe time here in kingsville and would like to keep them too.
: : but i heard it is very hard to obtain permits. And i would never want to pay such a fine as that.
: I lived in the Lake Travis area and had a friend, a tortoise, a very old tortoise whom I have known since
1973. I was on a business trip when "my friend went walk about". At one time I had permits from the two
necessary places to keep my friend. However, my colleague at a University,
died and I no longer have the permit. I do have proof that I obtained my friend as a teaching project
and got him before the laws were passed. He is possibly unable to live in the wild for long periods of time. Please let me know if you still have the tortoise. If so, I will identify him for you,
if he is indeed my friend. Thank you. Linda