Box Turtle Takes a Hay Ride

Getting ready for hibernation can be intense….even grueling. But there is no reason it can’t be fun too! For example, let’s say your large shell-less brumation assistant brings home some particularly groovy new hibernation material. From the start you know you are going to like it – as it turns out, hay’s natural coloration setsContinue reading “Box Turtle Takes a Hay Ride”

Pearl, Malti, Bruce and Their Mama Want to Hear from YOU

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”

Day 365: Rescued Box Turtle Goes on Safari

Being rescued into an interspecies flock gives you opportunities you might never come across otherwise. Rather than observing the strange large shell-less species from afar, you now get to watch them right up close. If you want to, you can even interact with one face to face! Like going on a personalized wildlife safari (completeContinue reading “Day 365: Rescued Box Turtle Goes on Safari”

Day 362: A Box Turtle In His Hibernaculum

It is true “hibernaculum” is a bit of a mouthful. It might be just as easy to call your winter slumber chambers the “nap zone.” But this isn’t just any nap zone. It is especially constructed for big leaguers, power nappers that think catnaps are for cats (and good riddance while they’re at it). IfContinue reading “Day 362: A Box Turtle In His Hibernaculum”

Day 357: A Rescued Box Turtle Meets His Munchies

When you have just been rescued and are very very hungry, it might seem natural you would gobble down everything in sight. But that would be evolutionarily unwise. After all, you’ve been on your own in the (relative) wild since you popped out of your small round white escape pod. Not everyone you hatched withContinue reading “Day 357: A Rescued Box Turtle Meets His Munchies”

Day 354: Sir Snores a Lot Makes a Move

Some species with shells know how to take resting to a whole new level. Being cold-blooded, it just makes sense that you want to make hay while the sun shines (so to speak) and crawl into that hay when it doesn’t. Smart, smart, smart. But then what happens when your large shell-less hibernation assistant decidesContinue reading “Day 354: Sir Snores a Lot Makes a Move”

Day 351: A Brumating Boy

Cold temperatures and cold blood definitely do not mix. When it gets chilly on the outside, it is going to get chilly on the inside – guaranteed. This is always the right time to do something called “brumating.” Here, there is some (lots of) confusion amongst the large shell-less beings about the difference between hibernationContinue reading “Day 351: A Brumating Boy”

Day 348: The Box Is Closed

There are basically two kinds of beings in this world: those who wear their box on the outside and those who wear their box on the inside. Clearly, it is far more advantageous to be in the former group. This is obvious for many reasons, chief among which is how few beings belong in thisContinue reading “Day 348: The Box Is Closed”

Day 345: Box Turtle Nap Time

One of the biggest things to get used to after being rescued is the nonstop attention. Your rescue mama really wants you to feel at home, safe, cared for….so much so that she checks on you one or a hundred times a day (hour). It is great to know you are loved, wanted, adored. ButContinue reading “Day 345: Box Turtle Nap Time”

Day 342: Box Turtle Brunch

Being rescued can take some getting used to. After being so long on your own, never sure what a day may bring, just you against the world, suddenly you are part of a flock. They do things quite differently than anything you have ever experienced before. For instance, whereas before the only way you everContinue reading “Day 342: Box Turtle Brunch”

Day 339: Box Turtle Blends In

There are lots of evolutionary advantages to being colorful. For example, having different colors on different body parts helps you artfully camouflage yourself in different environments. Of course, there is also an art to showing the right part with the right color combination in the right place. Let’s say you are in a grassland area.Continue reading “Day 339: Box Turtle Blends In”

Day 336: Box Turtle Gets a Lift

Being a box turtle means you can carry your home with you wherever you decide to go. But it isn’t just any home you are carrying. Your home is extra-secure. Once you decide to head indoors, you can use your super-strong shell muscles to close up tight on both sides – so tight that predatorsContinue reading “Day 336: Box Turtle Gets a Lift”

Day 333: Box Turtle Hibernation Habits

In a box turtle’s world, there are no advantages that come from being born little and cute. It is basically the difference between being appetizer-sized and entree-sized. Otherwise, your responsibilities remain the same right from day one. Foraging? Your job. Finding a mate? Your job. Evading predators? Your job. Hibernating? Yup, you guessed it….your job.Continue reading “Day 333: Box Turtle Hibernation Habits”

Day 330: Box Turtle Social Skills

Being a hibernating species is a big commitment. From preparing to hibernate, to actually hibernating, to coming out of hibernation again, you can count on spending a good chunk out of every year just on this one project. That doesn’t leave a lot of time left for socializing. In fact, snooze for a lengthy enoughContinue reading “Day 330: Box Turtle Social Skills”

Day 327: The Box Turtle and the Broom

Living life in an interspecies flock really wakes you up to all the variety in the beings of this world. Some are quite short – like you – and have a shell, but they still look very different. Some are quite short, but are very long and covered in fur. Some are small and soContinue reading “Day 327: The Box Turtle and the Broom”

Day 324: Happiest Holidays From Our Flock to Yours!

To YOU, our dearest treasured VIP extended flock member, So much has transpired during this last year we have shared together! For starters, we have all nearly completed another whole year on this round blue planet. Wow. If that wasn’t already enough of an accomplishment in itself, some of us have also come out ofContinue reading “Day 324: Happiest Holidays From Our Flock to Yours!”

Day 321: Big Box Turtle Stretch

Coming out of hibernation – even if just for a day – is guaranteed to make you notice your (adorably cute) box turtle legs, tail and head at a whole new level. After all, you haven’t see one another in awhile. As you are catching up again, you may also find yourself fielding a complaintContinue reading “Day 321: Big Box Turtle Stretch”

Day 318: Happy Happy Double Flock Birthday!

Life itself is precious….there is no doubt about it. But what makes life extra precious is the chance to live with an interspecies flock. Your family is all colors, all genders, all shapes and sizes. Some are little and loud while others are little and not so loud. And some are always growing bigger (mostlyContinue reading “Day 318: Happy Happy Double Flock Birthday!”

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