"That is "Tankie". She is about 77+ years old. Pure C. Becki imported from the Galapagos Islands in 1945"
I have been a chelonian enthusiast all my life, well there was ages 0 to 3 when I did not have any chelonian pets. I have had a few collections counting over 100 individuals of dozens of species, the first as a pre-teen/young teen. Again right after getting a Bachelor’s degree in Production Agriculture, which slid into an even larger collection when I moved from California to Pennsylvania to work at the Philadelphia Zoo. I went back to school for a graduate degree in Ecology and Evolution (yeah, I focused on chelonians) and again parted with many animals to others’ collections in order to work and complete school.
Most recently while living in southern California I have become more focused on just terrestrial chelonians, also called Tortoises. Past collections I gave away, species or animal by animal, to others who I hoped would take the addition with a keen interest to breed or at least maintain long term. I am pretty sure very few have ended up with that hope being realized.
I have become more selective in species I will keep, thinking more of making a lifetime commitment to them. Now instead of giving away what is produced in my collection I sell them. I also have found myself wanting better foods for tortoises so I have found and selected high quality food items that I use and offer for sale.