Resting in Place with Malti: A Basking Redfoot Tortoise

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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 in it to win it know something the others don’t know – the key to extended resting is switching it up.

In other words, since you have to move at least every once in awhile anyway to keep the ol’ circulatory system flowing, you might as well opt for a change of scene while you’re at it.

Let’s say you start out your morning resting in place in your outdoor tortoise habitat. It is cool and calm. You are resting quite comfortably on your ferns (although they don’t look quite so comfortable as you, if you are being completely honest).

But then your large shell-less transportation assistant happens by to change out the water in your private swimming pool. By this time the sun has come out, and you decide this is a good time to perambulate (see “circulatory system” above here for more on this) to a new resting location.

So you request a change of venue.

Once comfortably re-situated on your assistant’s padded lawn blanket, you can bask to your heart’s content under the warm sun – just basking and basking as passersby marvel at your stamina and serenity.

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By stringing together brief moments of required perambulation between longer periods of rejuvenating rest and basking, you can “wow” and amaze passersby (not to mention your flock mates) with your stamina and serenity.

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Published by Shannon Cutts

Cockatiel, redfoot tortoise and box turtle mama. Author, writer, pet & people blogger.

3 thoughts on “Resting in Place with Malti: A Basking Redfoot Tortoise

    1. It is so I can see her easily when we are out on the lawn together. There is a long lead attached to it that helps me track her movements. We have nesting hawks next door so this MommyGuard is extra careful!!

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