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Posted by Sue on January 23, 2019 at 12:40 AM

The meeting started at 7:30 p.m. with eight people in attendance.

Treasurer’s Report: The club currently has a total of $5,700 in its account.  Club members voted to reimburse the Parkers for veterinarian fees & postage.

Discussion: Many of us braved the heavy rains tonight to attend the meeting. Bob mentioned that the tortoises probably enjoy this rainy weather.

The Parkers & Montynne attended the quarterly Executive Board Meeting Saturday the 12th at the Arboretum in Arcadia. CTTC will be giving each chapter $1,000. The number of desert tortoises that all of the CTTC clubs are holding is down from last year, 248. There are 11 Russian tortoises & 3 Sulcatas. If anyone is interested in adopting any of these, please contact the clubs.

Please share ideas for programs with Bob. A possibility for an activity at one of our meetings might be for everyone to participate in a lecture with a specific topic. Also, we might invite local biologists Peter Woodman or Rachel W. to give a lecture & possibly a demonstration on measuring & assessing the health of tortoises in the wild. They conduct the Tortoise Survey Workshops, offered in November. Our club has provided tortoises for this workshop for several years, gaining health information on those we are holding for adoption at the time.

Concerning the tortoise enclosure at the museum, we would like to start a list of volunteers for those interested in feeding the tortoises in the summer. Also, we need to plant more shade for the tortoises. We might plant a desert willow. Bob went ahead & bought & planted some vegetation a Girl Scout troop had promised to acquire & plant, then were unable to follow through.

Returning! The Orange County & Chino Chapters are combining to host the “Live Turtle and Tortoise Show” on Sunday, August 25, 2019, located at the La Habra Community Center at 101 W. La Habra Blvd., La Habra, CA 90631. The past shows have been a fun & educational event on turtles & tortoises, & very well attended. There will be vendors/sellers of turtle & tortoise related items (Absolutely no live tortoises will be for sale). Our club has always attended with a table & willing hands to help with set-up, etc. Those that volunteer to help in advance will get a T-shirt. 

Program: “Our Desert Reptiles”: Bob presented a very interesting power point about mostly local lizards, snakes & tortoises. Some of the wildlife discussed were chuckwallas (largest lizards we have here), rattlesnakes, desert-banded geckos, scorpions, leopard lizards, zebra-tailed lizards, yellow-backed spiny lizards, side-blotched lizards, Southern Desert horned lizards (who appear fierce!), Great Basin whiptail lizards, gopher snakes, rosy boas, red racers & many types of tortoises. It was amazing to see slides of how many lizards appear illuminated under UV light!

Interesting myths have been told about snakes (there are no Mojave Reds). The Green Mojave’s name is just an indication of their color which can vary. Also, there are no 6-foot Mojave rattlesnakes. These snakes have a neurotoxic venom. Eighty percent of snakes are not venomous.

Biologists have discovered that tortoise eggs that develop in colder temperatures (78-87 degrees F) produce more male tortoises. When the weather is warmer (91-95.4 degrees F), then more females tend to be produced. How tortoises deal with the weather & brumation were also topics of the power point. 

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm

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