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Posted by Maxx MacLeod on January 27, 2003 at 16:07:27:
In Reply to: geeeez.. posted by mr_phew on January 26, 2003 at 19:58:01:
Mr. Phew-- In Chinese culture, turtles are a symbol for longevity. I've found that any turtle figurine or any living turtle is called a "longevity turtle". If you look on e-bay antiques, you'll find tons of ancient turtle figurines (many of them jage) that are all called "longevity turtles". Some of them have Chinese money attached to or carved into them. These are called "lucky money turtles". Anyway, my experience is that most of the hatchings that come out of Chinatown are farm raised Red Eared Sliders or Chinese Softshells. They probably only live 4 years because they don't know how to take care of them. But I have a pair of "longevity turtle" Chinese Softshells that have been going strong for quite a while! --Maxx