Being Brave with Bruce: Two Shells Is Better

There is no doubt that “the shell” is a very good design. It is lightweight, attractive, sleek and stealthy. Tired? Take a snooze inside your shell. Looking for lunch? Hunker down in your shell to scope for snacks. Looking like lunch? Snap shut and send the predator packing for greener (well, browner) pastures. Depending onContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Two Shells Is Better”

Being Brave with Bruce: Good Luck Box Turtle

Moving into an interspecies flock means getting a crash course in how other species see the world. For example, you might notice that your large shell-less rescue mama really has a thing for these small round red creatures with dots and antennae. She seems to feel better – luckier – when they are around. You,Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Good Luck Box Turtle”

Resting in Place with Malti: Letting the Grass Grow

You don’t have to be bipedal with a big (and frankly, top-heavy) brain to figure out that sometimes it is good to go slow and let the grass grow under your feet. It is smart to stop and smell the roses (or the hibiscus, or the dandelion greens). It is wise to notice how anyContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Letting the Grass Grow”

Day 361: Sweeping for Snacks

Learning the art of snack sweeping takes dedication. Focus. Determination. Most of all, perseverance. After all, the turtle snacks aren’t going to sweep themselves. Being built for low-to-the-ground surveillance gives you certain natural advantages. The snacks can hide, but when they run you will certainly see them! The key is to lurk in absolute stillnessContinue reading “Day 361: Sweeping for Snacks”

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 251: A Red Dotted Tortoise

Life in an interspecies flock near-guarantees you will soon discover you are more alike than different…and often in some quite startling ways. Take favorite colors, for instance. Everyone in your little flock has one (although in some cases, there is no accounting for taste). Your large shell-less assistant loves anything in blue. Boring. Your smallContinue reading “Day 251: A Red Dotted Tortoise”

Day 234: Those Box Turtle Ears

Keeping company with the large shell-less beings gives you a crash course in interspecies differences. You are just so different! For example (and there is really no nice way to say this) the shell-less beings have no….shell. Poor things. It is hard to look really attractive – not to mention mount an effective defense –Continue reading “Day 234: Those Box Turtle Ears”


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