Day 336: Box Turtle Gets a Lift

Being a box turtle means you can carry your home with you wherever you decide to go. But it isn’t just any home you are carrying. Your home is extra-secure. Once you decide to head indoors, you can use your super-strong shell muscles to close up tight on both sides – so tight that predatorsContinue reading “Day 336: Box Turtle Gets a Lift”

Day 333: Box Turtle Hibernation Habits

In a box turtle’s world, there are no advantages that come from being born little and cute. It is basically the difference between being appetizer-sized and entree-sized. Otherwise, your responsibilities remain the same right from day one. Foraging? Your job. Finding a mate? Your job. Evading predators? Your job. Hibernating? Yup, you guessed it….your job.Continue reading “Day 333: Box Turtle Hibernation Habits”

Day 330: Box Turtle Social Skills

Being a hibernating species is a big commitment. From preparing to hibernate, to actually hibernating, to coming out of hibernation again, you can count on spending a good chunk out of every year just on this one project. That doesn’t leave a lot of time left for socializing. In fact, snooze for a lengthy enoughContinue reading “Day 330: Box Turtle Social Skills”

Day 327: The Box Turtle and the Broom

Living life in an interspecies flock really wakes you up to all the variety in the beings of this world. Some are quite short – like you – and have a shell, but they still look very different. Some are quite short, but are very long and covered in fur. Some are small and soContinue reading “Day 327: The Box Turtle and the Broom”

Day 324: Happiest Holidays From Our Flock to Yours!

To YOU, our dearest treasured VIP extended flock member, So much has transpired during this last year we have shared together! For starters, we have all nearly completed another whole year on this round blue planet. Wow. If that wasn’t already enough of an accomplishment in itself, some of us have also come out ofContinue reading “Day 324: Happiest Holidays From Our Flock to Yours!”

Day 321: Big Box Turtle Stretch

Coming out of hibernation – even if just for a day – is guaranteed to make you notice your (adorably cute) box turtle legs, tail and head at a whole new level. After all, you haven’t see one another in awhile. As you are catching up again, you may also find yourself fielding a complaintContinue reading “Day 321: Big Box Turtle Stretch”

Day 318: Happy Happy Double Flock Birthday!

Life itself is precious….there is no doubt about it. But what makes life extra precious is the chance to live with an interspecies flock. Your family is all colors, all genders, all shapes and sizes. Some are little and loud while others are little and not so loud. And some are always growing bigger (mostlyContinue reading “Day 318: Happy Happy Double Flock Birthday!”

Day 315: Box Turtle Wake-Up Call

When you are born “on the half shell,” literally, you really don’t have time to ponder life’s more esoteric topics. All you know is everyone seems to want a piece of you, whether figuratively or otherwise. So long as you are super-healthy and fit and feeling fine, it is a slam-dunk decision to spend theContinue reading “Day 315: Box Turtle Wake-Up Call”

Day 312: The Hibernating Box Turtle & the MommyGuard

If there is anything even less pleasant than being suddenly awakened out of the most restful long winter sleep, it is being awakened and then PICKED UP and checked out all over. Thanks, Mom. She says they are vital, critical, un-skippable “hibernating box turtle safety checks.” And that it is her job as the officialContinue reading “Day 312: The Hibernating Box Turtle & the MommyGuard”

Day 309: Box Turtle Hibernation Safety Checks

Before choosing to hire a large shell-less assistant, it is worth noting they can be somewhat….anxious. Just try going into hibernation and see what happens next. So there you are, resting deeply, enjoying the heck out of some long-overdue “me-time,” binging on restorative zzzzzz’s, when all of a sudden…..

Day 306: Weatherproofing the Box Turtle Hibernation Habitat

After verifying your newly constructed, cutting-edge box turtle hibernation hay tunnel is a perfect fit, it is time to pull the trigger and start snoozing. So you crawl inside your hay tunnel and commence to napping. This, in turn, alerts your doting large shell-less assistant to insulate and weatherproof your habitat itself (if you’ve everContinue reading “Day 306: Weatherproofing the Box Turtle Hibernation Habitat”

Day 303: The Hibernating Box Turtle

One great thing about being a hibernating species is that you get to nap and nap and nap – totally guilt-free! But before your long winter nap can be stress-free – a very important component to getting the most restful extended nap – you have to make sure you are “set up for success” (aContinue reading “Day 303: The Hibernating Box Turtle”

Day 300: Box Turtle Brumation Hay Tunnel

Every species hibernates in their own way. Heck, even every being within every species has their own special way they like to brumate. No matter how experienced you are, every new hibernation season can be nerve-wracking – after all, you are about to dial down your metabolism and you want to be sure your sleepingContinue reading “Day 300: Box Turtle Brumation Hay Tunnel”

Day 297: Gratitude with Feathers and Shells

Here in our little flock, every member has their own reasons to be grateful. Pearl is grateful for his fine and fetching grey and white feathers. (One glance at his flock mates and it is easy to see how lucky he got in this department.) He is also very grateful for his tuneful voice. HisContinue reading “Day 297: Gratitude with Feathers and Shells”

Day 294: Box Turtle Makes Eye Contact

No matter how brightly colored and visible you might be as a manly male box turtle on the prowl, you can’t count on crossing paths with an eligible lady box turtle all that often. So when you do, you really want to be ready to put your best foot forward! You already know you lookContinue reading “Day 294: Box Turtle Makes Eye Contact”

Day 291: Box Turtle Shell Pats

As a not-so-newly-rescued-anymore 3-toed Texas box turtle, you are slowly starting to feel more at home in your new casa and interspecies flock. You decide you want to become a bit more social and get involved in some new activities. Maybe first you try “head pats” and “shell scratches” and those are very lovely andContinue reading “Day 291: Box Turtle Shell Pats”

Day 288: Head Pats for Box Turtles

Getting rescued can be a pretty big deal. Suddenly, your whole life turns upside down. True, you are no longer at high risk for becoming a road pancake. But still, it can take some time to get used to all the changes and settle in. In some cases, it may even take a lot ofContinue reading “Day 288: Head Pats for Box Turtles”

Day 285: Shell Scratches for Box Turtles

Just because you are small and round and low to the ground doesn’t mean you aren’t very observant. As a newcomer to flock life, it doesn’t take long to realize you are the shyest member of your new family. For example, there is your small and (extremely) loud feathery brother who demands neck feather scratchesContinue reading “Day 285: Shell Scratches for Box Turtles”

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