You don’t have to be out of your small round white escape pod for very long before it becomes clear that the planet can be a dangerous place. Predators both enormous and infinitesimal are roaming about night and day, and no matter where you go and who you meet, everyone looks hungry. You would justContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Me and My MommyGuard”
In the world of the large shell-less beings, when someone is facing a big obstacle, there is such a thing as “raising the bar.” Taking it to the next level. Bringing your “A” game. Being in it to win it. Upping the ante (whatever an “ante” is). Of course, this is easier when your opponentContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Moving the Brick”
Being born with a shell on your back can look like being born on easy street….and for good reason. Winded after a long hike? You can be enjoying all the comforts of home in the time it takes to sit down. No worries about getting lost, either – not when true north sits right aboveContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Bask Your Troubles Away”
After you have been resting in place for some time, it can be easy to let certain aspects of personal appearance, well…..go. In other words, if you keep bathing, you do it because you love it, not because those around you demand it. But sometimes it can also feel good to get decked out, justContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Accessorizing with Hibiscus”
After an extended period of time resting in place, you might understandably begin to get tired of the same ol’, same ol’. Same scenery. Same household furnishings. Same art. Same flock mates (SIGH). This is always the right time to bust out your “inner redecorator.” You might not think you have an inner redecorator. WhileContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Redecorating with Watercress”
Learning how to rest in place with ease is harder than it looks. Would you believe some beings actually get, well, restless after they’ve been sitting still for some time? When you see this, it is a dead giveaway you are looking at an amateur rester (a technical term). Serious professional resters who are inContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: A Basking Redfoot Tortoise”
When you rest in place for a long enough period of time, you might notice you are feeling peckish….or even developing cravings. (Although frankly, spend long enough cooped up with only your over-solicitous large shell-less mama and your small shrieking feathery brother for company and cravings will be the least of your worries.) Even so,Continue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Redfoot Tortoise Munches Clover”
In times when big, long, hard to pronounce (not to mention hard to spell) words that start with letters like “P” and “C” are suddenly added to nearly every sentence, it can be hard to slow down. To simply stop, even. To settle in. Get comfortable. Take a load off. Take a rest. There areContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Redfoot Tortoise Eats a Carrot”
Boy has this last collection of days felt strange. Some of us are feeling too much togetherness. Others of us are feeling too much aloneness. All of us are feeling too much anxiousness, which also means too little comfort. Luckily, our little flock happens to know an easy way to get a lot more ofContinue reading “Craving Comfort and Cuteness? Pearl, Malti and Bruce to the Rescue!”
The large shell-less assistant here…. When Malti first joined our little flock as a five-week-old hatchling redfoot tortoise, my approach to her feeding and care was basically the wrong approach. I had the initial thought – “Well, how hard could it be? I kept water turtles as a child and they were all really healthy!”Continue reading “Redfoot Tortoise Diet: Calcium, Phosphorus, Oxalates and More”
Growing up can be itchy business. While many other beings may not look at your redfoot tortoise shell and see a living organism, you know differently. Your keratin-covered, bony shell, which is attached to your spinal column and skeleton, is literally what holds you up. When it grows, you grow….whether you were particularly wanting toContinue reading “Redfoot Tortoise Gets Shell Scratches”
Out in the big wild world, it’s always lunchtime somewhere. The only question is, which side of the lunch plate will you be on? In other words, when there are only two options on the menu, “eat or get eaten,” you want to make sure you are the one doing the eating. Like so.
Everyone loves the tropics. The sun, the warmth, the lush green – it looks as good as it feels and feels as good as it looks. And yet there are parts of living the tropical life that don’t get their fair share of praise. Take mud, for instance. It is so refreshing. So restorative. SoContinue reading “Redfoot Tortoise Makes an Epic Mud Wallow”
In our little flock, we have a saying. Plant it and she will come. And then she will eat it. And then it will be no more. So I guess the saying is more like a poem. Or a requiem. Zucchini plant, you will be missed. Especially by a certain redfooted someone.
Many beings today are not fans of “supersizing.” But the redfoot tortoise will never join their misguided little club. After all, if small and delicious is good, large and delicious is better. Following the logic, then, enormous and delicious is – in a word – fantastic. Obviously.
When you have a face that loves the camera, you can absolutely expect the camera will love you back. It might even start following you around. Reason being….”cuteness.” You have it and every other being wants it. Luckily, the more attention you get (see “cuteness”) the more snacks you are likely to get. Even justContinue reading “Redfoot Tortoise Closeup With the Camera”
Redfoot tortoises are roamers. Wild redfoots will freely wander searching for snacks. Pet redfoots will also freely wander searching for snacks. You never know when a snack may appear, so if you don’t see one right away, just keep walking. Sooner or later, or for however long it may take, you will eventually wander rightContinue reading “Redfoot Tortoise Takes a Walk”
Can redfoot tortoises climb? Do redfoot tortoises climb? Yup. And yup. Right from hatchling-hood, Malti has tried to climb anything and everything. She especially loathes fences and barriers of any kind. (Anything can be a barrier, by the way, if it stands between her and something she wants, like any item that looks delicious.) NothingContinue reading “Redfoot Tortoise Climbs the Mountain”