Three Tortoises Three Tortoises
From left to right, a Red-foot, an Egyptian and a Russian Tortoise

Feb. 18, 2020
A Potpourri of Tortoise Topics
CTTC - Valley Meeting: Feb. 21, 2020
A Potpourri of Tortoise Topics
CTTC - Valley Meeting: Feb. 21, 2020
A Potpourri of Tortoise Topics
CTTC - Valley Meeting: Feb. 21, 2020

This month, we will cover a variety of topics of interest. With Spring around the corner, most tortoises will be coming out of brumation.

Brumation Ending

We'll share some good practices as to how to ensure your tortoises have a healthy transition from their winter slumber to a healthful spring. Some Russian tortoises are coming out now, with Box turtles soon to follow. Desert tortoises usually emerge in mid-March. The key word here is hydration.

Non-Brumating Tortoises

Some tortoise keepers have non-brumating tortoises like Sulcatas, Leopards, Red and Yellow-foot tortoises. We'll all share experiences to keep these chelonians healthy, also.

Brainstorming Session

We want to hear from you  as to what topics you want to hear and see in the coming year. In the last year, we covered Box turtles, Russian tortoises, Red-Eared Sliders, Sulcatas, pond turtle habitats along with presentations on coexisting with wildlife, and reptiles and amphibians in the surrounding mountains. In the spring, we will have Dr. Michael Tuma give us a very interesting presentation on the Pancake tortoise from East Africa. He has some amazing photos from his recent research trip to Tanzania!

In our brainstorming session, we have some topics on the whiteboard and will welcome your ideas for more. We will then vote on the topics. Each of you will get to pick your top five which will provide the chapter with a priority list of 15-20 topics that you want to see. Bring your ideas!


Our annual turtle & tortoise show is coming up in May. We'll be covering some more planning for it. The Friends of the Condor, Southwest Herpetologists, and a biologist from the California Fish and Wildlife Department have committed so far to participate.


We have plenty of tortoises available for adoption. We also have some adoption flyers available at the meeting that you can take home and share with friends and family.

The California Turtle & Tortoise Club - Valley Chapter meets at Woodland Hills Christian Church, 5920 Shoup Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.

Map and Directions

Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 at 7:30 pm.

Meetings are open to the public, and guests are always welcome.

CTTC - Valley Chapter Info

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