Day 353: The Red Dotted Snack Attractor

There is a reason chefs love the color red. It stimulates the appetite. Sometimes snack shop owners like to cover their whole establishment in red to ensure guests know what kind of enterprise they are running. Of course, when you are born literally covered in red dots, you don’t need those kinds of obvious cluesContinue reading “Day 353: The Red Dotted Snack Attractor”

Day 332: Redfoot Resting Face

When you are born with a shell on your back, you can look forward to a lot of resting. A LOT of resting. After all, there is no need to work out or exercise – you do that every time you get up! And lugging around that heavy shell while foraging guarantees “calories in, caloriesContinue reading “Day 332: Redfoot Resting Face”

Day 296: Tortoise Cuddles

When you are born cold-blooded with a shell, some beings might not immediately see you as “cuddly.” It is true you enjoy your me-time. You don’t need to be waited on hand and foot (like some of your other high-volume, high-maintenance flock members with feathers we won’t name). But now and then, togetherness-time can beContinue reading “Day 296: Tortoise Cuddles”

Day 239: The Begging Tortoise

There is a reason shelled beings have a reputation for preferring solitary life. When you find choice victuals, you don’t have to share. Flock life has its merits, but sooner or later you are going to find yourself staring down that time-honored flock ritual called “waiting your turn.” Yuck. If tortoises were meant to takeContinue reading “Day 239: The Begging Tortoise”

Day 233: Little Tortoise Crunching

Some beings pop out of the egg and can just sing. Others emerge with a whole repertoire of fancy schmancy dance moves already downloaded and ready to rock. Still others are all about whipping up culinary masterpieces, crafting world-class art, solving immense sums in their head…each feat more remarkable than the last and all seeminglyContinue reading “Day 233: Little Tortoise Crunching”

Day 227: The Tortoise and the Trees

Having a shell on your back usually means you aren’t ever going to win any height contests. Nope. The trees will stay high and you will stay low and that is just fine by you both. Even though you and your cozy shell don’t prefer to do any actual climbing, it can still be niceContinue reading “Day 227: The Tortoise and the Trees”

Day 224: Tortoise Trains An Assistant

While it isn’t necessarily “normal” for shelled beings and shell-less beings to cohabitate, it can be a smart choice under certain circumstances. For example, let’s say you are born particularly cute. This means right from day one, your plate is full with evading paparazzi, posing for fan pics, foraging your meals and (of course) plentyContinue reading “Day 224: Tortoise Trains An Assistant”

Day 218: Tortoise Makes Friends With Cockatiel

“Cuteness” is a great way to make new friends. But when you are born very cute and have so many beings who want to be friends with you, it can take some time to get around to everyone on the waiting list. You do your best, of course, because that is just the kind ofContinue reading “Day 218: Tortoise Makes Friends With Cockatiel”

Day 209: Tortoise Takes the Most Direct Route

For beings who prefer to move at a measured pace, the most direct route tends to be the most expeditious. Let’s say you are happily ambling along when, all of a sudden, you spy a green being up in the distance. Your cute little tortoise tummy rumbles and you realize you are actually in theContinue reading “Day 209: Tortoise Takes the Most Direct Route”

Day 206: Tortoise Has Legs for Days

There is no doubt about it. The faster you can grow, the longer your legs will get. The longer your legs get, the better you will be able to reach previously inaccessible off-limits edibles…and outrun your large shell-less assistant to get to them. In situations where outrunning is not an option, by simply displaying yourContinue reading “Day 206: Tortoise Has Legs for Days”

Day 203: Tortoise Shell Scratches

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 areContinue reading “Day 203: Tortoise Shell Scratches”

Day 200: Tortoise Finds a Very Fashionable Snack

Life as a (shelled) public figure means daily life may never be as private as you might prefer. It just comes with the territory when you are born looking this cute. Add in a sweet-natured mellow tortoise personality and a natural knack for appealing to fellow “foodies” everywhere, and you can just about forget aboutContinue reading “Day 200: Tortoise Finds a Very Fashionable Snack”

Day 197: That Tortoise Tongue

As a card-carrying member of the ancient order of Chelonia (Testudines), you might as well be planetary royalty. Depending on who you ask (and how accurate their research may be), your shelled kind, the “tortoise,”  may even predate the venerated dinosaurs! And yet your large shell-less assistant can’t seem to keep herself from “oohing” andContinue reading “Day 197: That Tortoise Tongue”

Day 194: Tortoise Tucks Into Edible Greens

Being born as a redfoot tortoise who is expected to find her own snacks from day one, it pays to get to know your colors pronto. For instance, those adorable dots all over your legs and face – those are red dots. The slightly larger (and equally adorable) dots on your back – well, those areContinue reading “Day 194: Tortoise Tucks Into Edible Greens”

Day 191: Redfoot Tortoise Is a Standup Girl

No one thinks of tortoises as being “tall.” Nope. If you are born wearing a shell on your back, everything thinks you are short and slow and all they see is a rock on legs. At first. If you have a shell and you want to really give your large shell-less assistant a shock, thereContinue reading “Day 191: Redfoot Tortoise Is a Standup Girl”

Day 188: Tortoise Knows How to Look (& Stay) Cool

When juvenile shell-less beings hang out, they have this tendency to slouch….something about “looking cool.” As a tortoise who has been cohabitating with an interspecies flock for a time, you might find it interesting to try out some of these new mannerisms you are observing. After all, you are a “juvenile” also – and “lookingContinue reading “Day 188: Tortoise Knows How to Look (& Stay) Cool”

Day 185: Tortoise Gets the Ball Rolling

When you are lucky enough to be born a tortoise, “cuteness” can be very useful for getting your large shell-less assistant’s attention. Do something ridiculously easy that she thinks you could never do and voila – the world is your oyster (or your freeze-dried mealworm, preferably). Of course, this can backfire if you do tooContinue reading “Day 185: Tortoise Gets the Ball Rolling”

Day 182: Tortoise Destroys Zucchini

Living your whole life in a natural green space, you begin to develop an instinctive aesthetic about what should go where. As long as you are left to your own devices to garden and cultivate when you like, where you like, things will continue to go smoothly. But then let’s say you decide to takeContinue reading “Day 182: Tortoise Destroys Zucchini”


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