Day 134: Itchy Scratchy Tortoise Shell

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It is pretty cool to be born with your home right on your back.

But then again, sometimes it is not so cool, especially when your home goes through a growth spurt and starts to….itch.

Beings without shells often don’t realize that your shell is a living entity – it is as much alive as your skin or your nostrils or your adorable red-dotted feet.

So you have to let your large shell-less assistant know you are itchy using the only common language you share – “non-verbal communication.”

Malti uses “nonverbal communication” to let her large shell-less assistant know her shell is itchy….again.

Luckily, by throwing in a dash of “cuteness” here and there, it is easy to get your large shell-less assistant’s attention whenever a new shell scratching session is in order.

(If you’ve just polished off your enormous hibiscus flower lunch and can use the time to digest, even better.)

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Published by Shannon Cutts

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

4 thoughts on “Day 134: Itchy Scratchy Tortoise Shell

    1. I found out myself by accident when I noticed her trying to use the side of her enclosure to reach an itchy spot – always something new and extra-cute to learn!:)

    1. She’s hanging in there. I’m still seeking other opinions and options for helping her. We have a long road ahead. Thank you for asking about her. <3

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