Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Adventure

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I’ve always been worried about tortoise enrichment. Before I became Malti’s mommy, my only other experience caring for reptiles was from when I had five water turtles as a girl.

Those active little shells swam and congregated, basked and splashed, staying active for most of the day, every day.

Malti was quite different. Her favorite activities, right from the start, appeared to be resting, sitting, napping and eating. I worried all the time that she was bored.

As it turns out, both she and Bruce, her box turtle brother, do a lot of sitting in an average day. They both need to bask to help regulate their body temperature (turtles and tortoises are cold blooded like other reptiles, which means they rely on the heat from the sun to stay warm).

But they are both very smart and curious too. If I change anything in her habitat, Malti immediately wants to go check it out. If she sees me doing something in the casa, she comes over to investigate.

Most of the time, we stay in the back yard for her lawn time. But recently I decided to take her to the front yard because it was sunnier there. She immediately headed for the garden beds, with their interesting ferns and brown mulch and palm fronds.

She had never seen anything like this greenery before and had a fabulous time exploring and playing and taste-testing everything. Her eyes were bright and glowing from all the new and intriguing things she was finding, and she was as active as one of my girlhood water turtles running around and playing!

Malti eagerly checking out the intriguing new greenery in the front lawn flowerbed.

And remember…..

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Published by Shannon Cutts

Animal sensitive and intuitive with Animal Love Languages. Parrot, tortoise and box turtle mama. Dachshund auntie.

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