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
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 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
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
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
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
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
Both shelled members of our little flock love blueberries. Perhaps it is the shape - so round, so soft, such a satisfying mouth-feel. Or maybe it is the overall "hunt-ability" (a technical term) - whereas a mango chunk or lettuce leaf will just lay there helplessly, the blueberry can be a wiley roly-poly adversary indeed! … Continue reading Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Blueberries
Having two shells from two different reptile species in our little family flock really brings up some interesting contrasts. Take dinnertime, for instance. Malti clearly prefers her dinner to stay still while she chows, and sometimes even sits down on top of it just to make sure. Bruce, on the other hand, has no problem … Continue reading Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Hunting
Guess who is awake!!!!!! Yup, after another long winter's sleep, the box turtle member of the flock has finally decided to put in an appearance! Two flock members were fairly un-moved....but the large featherless flock member was over the moon to see her boy again! This is the second year Bruce has been with us, … Continue reading Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Waking UP!
Box turtles are amazing at camouflage. No matter how colorful they may appear to be (for example, Bruce has bright orange cheek patches set against a white face with black and brown accents), put them practically anywhere and watch them disappear. I can't tell you how many times I have looked....and looked and looked and … Continue reading Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Camouflage
Too lightweight and streamlined to be a tortoise, yet too land-bound to be a true water turtle, box turtles have had to carve out their own niche in the world of shelled beings. As a result, they have developed into serious shelled athletes. Climbing? No problem. Swimming? Sure thing. Digging? Already on it. Digging can be … Continue reading Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Digging