Day 203: Tortoise Shell Scratches

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Growing up fast has its advantages.

It also has its disadvantages.

Among the advantages – you are no longer “appetizer sized,” you are finally able to “throw your weight around” (in a manner of speaking) and you get growing up over with.

Among the disadvantages – growing up can be itchy business when you are a tortoise!

A little-known tortugan factoid: a growing shell itches – a lot!

This is where hiring a large shell-less assistant can be a smart decision. For starters, they have small hard keratin structures on the end of each finger and these are just perfect for scratching your keratin-based shell.

Also, they are highly susceptible to “cuteness.” So whenever you need your growing shell scratched, you can count on them to be chomping at the bit to do the honors.

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2 comments

  1. Fascinating. I didn’t know their shells got itchy. I assumed since they were keratin based they wouldn’t get itchy. How do you know when they need you to scratch their shell?

    • Malti will sometimes sidle up to something and start pushing against it and that lets me know she is itchy. But I actually discovered it by accident – I just tried it one day and she clearly liked it!

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