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Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Protein

Figuring out what to feed a newly rescued box turtle is not a job for the faint of heart (or mind). When Bruce first joined our little flock in May 2015, I figured he would probably like whatever Malti liked. Boy was I wrong. To this day, Bruce has never deigned to even sniff Malti's … Continue reading Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Protein

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Eye Contact

When my Bruce came to me, he had been out wandering the dangerously busy urban streets around our neighborhood. I didn't know anything about his history, except that he had at one time been plucked out of a wild area and transported to a neighbor's backyard (the perpetrator in this case was the neighbor's grandson). … Continue reading Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Eye Contact

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Earthworms

Sometimes I feel like I literally couldn't have chosen two more opposite shelled beings to welcome into our little flock. Where Malti is slow, Bruce is quick. Where Malti is always one nap away from her next nap, Bruce is up and raring to go before most roosters are awake. And where Malti prefers her … Continue reading Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Earthworms

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Edible Grasses

From time to time, I work with an animal communicator just to check in with each one of my interspecies flock members to make sure I'm doing a good job as their mama. Every time we have a session together, I always learn so much! Each flock member always has plenty to say and expresses … Continue reading Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Edible Grasses

Pearl, Malti & Bruce Say Happy Mother’s Day!

When you have feathers or a shell and you hit the luck jackpot and get the greatest grandma on the planet, you always want to wish her "Happy Mother's Day" first thing on her special morning! (Of course if she wants to thank you for your thoughtfulness by preparing you some fresh crispy waffles with … Continue reading Pearl, Malti & Bruce Say Happy Mother’s Day!

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Beards

Bruce is such a character! He is truly one-of-a-kind - both the only and the BEST (mama's bias here) box turtle I have ever known. One day not long after Bruce emerged from hibernation this spring, I noticed what looked like black fungus growing around the edges of his beak (turtles and tortoises have beaks … Continue reading Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Beards

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Camo

When Bruce was first rescued to us nearly two years ago, he was both very self-assured and very shy. He was self-assured in that he seemed to know exactly what he wanted and needed. For his first week with us, he refused to stay in his temporary tub, but lived underneath a rolling file cabinet … Continue reading Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Camo

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Hand Feeding

Sometimes it feels like the only thing Bruce and Malti really have in common is that they are both shelled. Malti was raised in captivity from the time she was born. She is used to being hand-fed, to having her shell scratched, to getting bathed in her little red tub, to making herself at home … Continue reading Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Hand Feeding

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Making an Exit

When you are blessed with snazzy orange cheek patches and stunning red eyes, you don't worry about making an entrance. The entrance will make itself. Let's say, for instance, that you are sitting on top of your hay pile. All of a sudden the paparazzi happens along carrying that annoying small rectangular flashing device. Wearied … Continue reading Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Making an Exit

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Making Hay

When a boy turtle wakes up from his long winter hibernation, believe it or not, food is not the first thing on his mind. He is thinking about one thing and one thing only - finding a lady box turtle to make eggs with. While it can be a pretty big deal to a lady … Continue reading Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Making Hay

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