Effort is being made to recreate its natural habitat.
Cooling water, various types of plants & bugs are available at all times.
It's home is non-gated nor guarded so that visitors are free to visit and more importantly, Batu is free to leave if he wishes to.
Batu's Dining Room
Batu devouring his favourite kangkung. He loves banana peels and water lettuce too but does not fancy cucumber.
A quiet place that allows Batu to camoulage. Soft bedding complete with optimised temperature and humidity. Batu resigns to the messy compost behind the dining area after meals. Sometimes he enjoys his dessert in the bedroom. Fruits and bugs are available here.
Turtle mean different things to different cultures at different period of times. Some see it as Heaven, some look at it as Devilish. I like this one below:
Turtles remind us that the way to heaven is through the earth. In Mother Earth is all that we need. She will care for us, protect us, and nurture us, as long as we do the same for her. For that to happen, we must slow down and heighten our sensibilities. We must see the connection to all things. Just as the turtle cannot separate itself from its shell, neither can we separate ourselves from what we do to the earth.
It is believed that turtles will often leave a pool or pond before a draught arrives. This may be a warning of a change in climate.
What are orbs? Specks of moisture, dust, energy or could they be spirits? Maybe it could be all of them depending on which orb we look at.
From my experience, orbs appear very frequently in the photos taken in the evening. Some are quite beautiful especially the gold one below. Could the Gold Orb be a yellow colour pollen floating near the camera lense?
This is Archangels Uriel, Gabriel and Raphael merged together. They are bringing peace and calm to the area. This Orb is specially helpful for those lightworkers who are feeling the stresses, strains and pressures of the energy shifts as we move towards 2012.
This Orb bathes you in peace and relaxation and is a reward from Source for your efforts. You are reminded that you are important and the spiritual hierarchy is pleased with you. (Diana Cooper and Kathy Crosswell)
This is an angel of love with a fairy and energy from Archangel Chamuel. (Diana Cooper and Kathy Crosswell)
Diana Cooper and Kathy Crosswell have been very kind to offer their view. It is nice to know there are love energies and fairies around. However, could it be possible that the light at the top of the photo may have been caused by a camera strap?
Whatever these orbs are, there is definitely the presence of love energies around. One of the main sources may be from these affectionate dogs.
Found these beautiful red flowers beneath Mani Cai or Pucuk Manis. Snapped a photo before I cooked it with chicken liver and added into dog kibbles. They loved the combination. No clue how it tasted but I suppose it is quite a balanced meal.
The Malayan Box Turtle is disappearing across Malaysia despite a ban on its export, finds a new report by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network. The turtles are in high demand in East Asia for their meat and for use in traditional Chinese medicine.
Batu's shell is not as flat as the turtles I used to rear. It's carapace (upper shell) is dome-shaped.
The plastron (bottom shell) is hinged, allowing it to withdraw into its shell and ”box” itself in completely, leaving no body part exposed.
Turtles that I had encountered before cannot pull their legs in completely like Batu. As such, I deduced that Batu is not a turtle and therefore must be a tortoise.
One Big Mistake! Only turtles have webbed feet!
Batu's webbed feet above.
The webbed feet can be seen only when the photo is cropped and enlarged.
After a bit of research, Batu should be a Malayan Box Turtle. Only Malayan Box Turtle has 3 unique yellow stripes on each side of its head. It grows to 7.5" only. So Batu has reached its adult size. It has a docile temperament unlike snapping turtles which are very aggressive.
A male has a thick tail as well as a slight plastral concavity. A female has a short stubby tail as well as a completely flat plastron. Batu has a slightly concave plaston and look at his thick long tail below.
Clear information on differentiating male and female were found here.
There is definitely insufficient water feature in my garden for Batu at the moment since I had made the assumption that it's a tortoise. I am thankful that it has rained daily since Batu arrived. Fortunately, we had also been wetting him when the weather was hot to prevent dehydration.
'Batu', our new found tortoise is hiding inside the compost during this rainy season. We thought it left but it is just enjoying the heat given out from the compost. Animals are very clever, aren't they? There is no need to bring it into the house when temperature drops. They just know what to do if given enough freedom. Then again, it could be rummaging for food in the compost.
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