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”
Just like that, another 365 days of flock adventures is now in our rearview mirror. Wow. The official large featherless typing assistant, creative director, biographer and activities planner is wiped but happy. 🙂 At this point, you might understandably be wondering “what’s up next?” We are so glad you asked! For these next few monthsContinue reading “Pearl, Malti, Bruce and Their Mama Want to Hear from YOU”
Relaxation looks simple but it really isn’t. Plenty of amateurs think all you have to do to relax is drape a leg on something and – voila. Check that off the list. As if. These pretenders wouldn’t know real relaxation if they fell into it. Real relaxation is an art. First, you want to doContinue reading “Day 364: A Very Relaxed Redfoot”
Learning the art of snack sweeping takes dedication. Focus. Determination. Most of all, perseverance. After all, the turtle snacks aren’t going to sweep themselves. Being built for low-to-the-ground surveillance gives you certain natural advantages. The snacks can hide, but when they run you will certainly see them! The key is to lurk in absolute stillnessContinue reading “Day 361: Sweeping for Snacks”
There are some great perks to living an indoor/outdoor lifestyle as a redfoot tortoise. Your daily life is definitely more posh and personalized than most others of your kind. But cohabitating with the large shell-less beings (not to mention the small shrieking feathered species) can take some getting used to. Sometimes, you just need toContinue reading “Day 359: The Tortoise and the Sea Turtle”
Living in close quarters with beings of others species can require an ongoing commitment to education. Or, rather, re-education. Sure, it is true you enjoy a good refreshing outdoor mud wallow as much as the next being. After all, who doesn’t? But that doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate other comforts as well. Take snuggles, forContinue reading “Day 356: Snuggles With Shells”
There is a reason chefs love the color red. It stimulates the appetite. Sometimes snack shop owners like to cover their whole establishment in red to ensure guests know what kind of enterprise they are running. Of course, when you are born literally covered in red dots, you don’t need those kinds of obvious cluesContinue reading “Day 353: The Red Dotted Snack Attractor”