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Turtle Power

Forest Park has been called the heart of St. Louis. The huge public park was dedicated in 1876. It was the site of the World’s Fair and several Olympic events in 1904. For the past year-and-a-half, Forest Park has been … Continue reading

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Dry Tortuga

“It’s the real muscle, the real skeleton, the brain is all still with the pet,” said taxidermist Anthony Eddy in a news report on KDSK-TV. The St. Louis station ran a story about freeze-dried pets near the end of February … Continue reading

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Dialog Box

Box turtles have been my favorite reptiles since I was a boy. They were plentiful in the woods around my grandparents’ home in Noyac, New York. I’m happy that there are box turtles in my suburban Knoxville neighborhood. In fact, … Continue reading

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States of Mind – Part 6

For the past ten years I have been making an effort to visit all 50 states. As my personal quest nears its completion, I decided to write down recollections of the 46 I’ve seen so far, listed roughly in chronological … Continue reading

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Abrac-aldabra

Tortoise fans like me should make plans to visit the Knoxville Zoo soon. The male Aldabran Tortoises are “socializing” with the Fun Girls from Mount Pilot Zoo Atlanta. With luck, the sexagenarian females could become mothers to a clutch of … Continue reading

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TNT: The Neglected Tortoise

A Twitter message from a fellow Body Farm fan got my hopes up that TNT had a new show about a crime-fighting tortoise named Bass. The heavily promoted series is called “Rizzoli & Isles.” One is a cop, the other … Continue reading

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Turtle-jacked

Tortoise stories in the news almost always grab my attention despite the fact that they are often very similar. Usually it’s something along the lines of “Missing Tortoise Returned to Local Family.” The headline in the L.A. Unleashed column on … Continue reading

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Shell Games

The torrential rain today meant that my wife and I had to suggest an indoor activity for our house-guests. My wife’s sister and four of her kids are here on their spring break. We drove to tourist-friendly Sevier County and … Continue reading

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