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”

Day 282: Box Turtle Loves the Camera

It doesn’t take much time living in an interspecies flock to realize how important the small rectangular flashing thing is to flock life. Every flock member wants to get as close to it as possible. They compete to stand on it, shriek into it, sample it, stand in front of it, stare at it, singContinue reading “Day 282: Box Turtle Loves the Camera”

Day 279: Box Turtle Social Skills

Being born very cute can quickly become problematic when you are also very shy. Sure, there is your precious curved shell, your adorable orange cheek patches, your expressive red whirling eyes, your stunning white neck. It’s no surprise why other beings like you so much. Some of those beings can be quite patient, too, waitingContinue reading “Day 279: Box Turtle Social Skills”

Day 276: Box Turtle Hay Fest

As a cold-blooded shelled being, you can expect that as temperatures turn cooler, so will you. As this process continues, your mind may quite naturally turn towards thoughts of….hay. When it is still warm during the day, a fresh and comfy pile of hay can give you an excellent vantage point for scouting victuals andContinue reading “Day 276: Box Turtle Hay Fest”

Day 273: Box Turtle Breakfast

When you have a shell and you join an interspecies family, one thing you will learn really quickly is that not everyone likes the same thing for breakfast. Happily, this means there will always be more of your favorites just for you! Take mealworms, for example. Plump, wriggling, juicy and delicious – rich and satisfyingContinue reading “Day 273: Box Turtle Breakfast”

Day 270: Box Turtle Wants UP

Only a small percentage of beings get lucky enough to emerge from the small round escape pods wearing shells. The moment you notice you have one, this is how you know you are very cute. It is also how you can know you are very short. Sure, you will eventually “grow up”….at least by anContinue reading “Day 270: Box Turtle Wants UP”

Day 267: Those Box Turtle Toes

Walking around with a shell on your back is guaranteed to get you noticed. You can’t seem to go anywhere without somebody wanting to pick you up, check you out all over, shove their small rectangular flashing devices at you to pose for “selfies”….it just comes with the territory, so to speak. Even pulling allContinue reading “Day 267: Those Box Turtle Toes”


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