My ex-boyfriend is now a turtle farmer

Nothing like having that piece of news greet you via email, first thing in the morning, to make you go, "Whuh ... ?"

No, really, he is a turtle farmer. And not any old turtles, certanly not the timid little terrapins I used to keep as a kid (do kids still do that anymore?), but diamondback turtles. Apparently, you can make a decent living off that where he is.

Originally uploaded by Tym; taken by Adam.

I suppose in a country as big as the US, anything is possible. And his aunt and uncle were buffalo farmers (again, not kidding, I have pictures to prove it), so it's possible husbandry runs in the genes.

If anyone wants diamondback turtles from the US, let me know.




At 7/07/2005 10:14 pm , Blogger Abigael said...


This coincides with the creepy story on terrapins and turtles that Bryan covered a couple of days ago. Something about this dude who is in the Gusiness book of record for collecting the most types of terrapins or turtles or something like that.

At 7/08/2005 1:42 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

diamondbacks.. hmm... banned in singapore.

At 7/08/2005 6:01 am , Blogger Piggydives said...

why are Diamondbacks Banned in singapore?

At 7/09/2005 5:11 am , Blogger Tym said...

Google didn't throw up anything on why diamondbacks are banned in Singapore (if they are), nor did the AVA website. The species isn't on the CITES list of endangered animals, either.

Terz speculates that maybe the diamondbacks pose a risk to our local ecosystem because they'd be more aggressive than our local species, if they were inadvertently released into the wild.

Does anyone know?

At 7/15/2005 8:31 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd agree. it's most likely a local ecosystem issue. Europe and Japan had big problems with people releasing North American red eared sliders (about the cheapest turtle you can get). this in many cases destroyed their native turtle populations.

It's likely diamondback terrapins will be back in CITES in the next 5 years.

-adam the turtle farmer ;)


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