Eric Triplett The Pond Digger here, today we are on a little excursion, we’re in Upland California, we’re at the home of Mike LaComb our aquatic plant specialist. Now Mike has a huge affinity for pond turtles, so I figured what better place to take you since today our focus is going to be on quot;The 5 most important things you need to consider when building habitat for Pond turtlesquot; Now the pond we’re about to checkout is really unique it’s about four foot deep, has a land bridge, multiple levels so there’s different areas for the turtles to hangout, there’s multiple waterfalls and the list goes on of the cool things were.
About to show. Let’s go have a look. Hey Mike, my god your yard looks insane. Good morning Eric, how are you doing. Excellent, thanks for having us out today. Oh no problem. Obviously you know why we’re here today, we want to cover the five most important things that you should consider when building a habitat for turtles and since you got this awesome habitat I figured now better place to be. Can you tell us what you done to your yard to keep it secure so that turtles don’t take off.
First of all, the only gate that i have coming into my yard I made sure that it was secured to about a quarter of an inch gap underneath it so baby turtles, big turtles can’t crawl out If they can find a way to dig out or crawl under something or even climbed they will. I never realized turtles can climb as well as they can until i built all this and had my turtles. What have you done to your pond to protect them.
From predators. Well why don’t we come over the bridge here and I’ll show you what i’ve done. First of all Eric, in every part of my pond I’ve got what I call turtle tunnels and there places where the turtles can go down and hide and also the ledge doesn’t gradually go in like this it drops down really deep, so if.
Raccoons come over the wall, possums whatever, cats there deep enough where the predator cannot fish them out and eat them. So I see these fish swimming up vertically like this, the pond’s pretty deep, tell us how deep it is. Well actually I’ve maid it 4 feet deep, because having a small yard like I have I wanted the most out of my pond so I can get the most turtles, most fish that I could have. So fourfoot deep, it’s not critical to have a 4 foot depth, is it?.
No it’s not Eric but the only thing that that’s mainly critical is that the turtles have somewhere to go hide to get away from predators if they need to. Tell us a little bit about the basking behavior of your turtles, because lot of people don’t realize that the turtles need to climb out of the water and completely dry off each day, so I noticed you have a lot of spots around your pond for basking. Well actually there is, they usually only wanna hang out.
Anywhere along the edge of the pond where they could slide into the water really fast in case a predator, hawk, raccoon or whatever comes to get them, they feel more secure by being on the edge to be able to slip right in right away. So they’re more basking like on this stone and not out in this gravel. Yeah Eric, they go here they go on the rock there, rock over there um. anywhere where the sun hits right on the edge of the pond.
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CONVICTIONS. MERCY BECERRA PLEADED GUILTY TO DRUG CHARGES IN THE 90s. JEFF: FIRE RIPS THROUGH HISTORIC HOMES LEAVING PEOPLE HOMELESS SOME HAVING TO RUN JUMP OUT OF WINDOWS TO ESCAPE. Reporter: JEFF, 41 PEOPLE,.
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OLIVER SLOAN HAS LIVED ACROSS THE STREET AND SAID HE HEARD THE FIRE START. WE HEARD EXPLOSIONS COME FROM THIS BACK ALLEY. HE SAYS HE RAN INTO A BURNING HOME TO GET PEOPLE OUT. WENT TO THE TOP OF THE.
STAIRS. AFTER THAT IT WAS TOO HOT. FIREFIGHTERS SAY THE FIRE STARTED IN THIS HOME AND QUICKLY SPREAD NEXT DOOR. BOTH WERE BUILT IN THE EARLY 1900’S. BECAUSE OF OLD CONSTRUCTION,.
NEITHER HAD FIRE STOPS, MAKING IT HARDER TO FIGHT. THE FIRE ALSO SPREAD TO AN APARTMENT BUILDING IN THE BACK. INTO HUMANS WERE HURT BUT A DOG DID DIE. TWO OTHER DOGS WERE RESCUED. THIS VIDEO SHOWS A FIREFIGHTER.