Day 287: A Tortoise’s Favorite Seat

When it comes to seating, it doesn’t really matter what species you are. Everyone has their preferences. For instance, your own personal taste may run to sitting on top of things. Or perhaps you prefer to sit underneath things. Maybe you like your seats more simple and spare….or plush and fluffy. If you aren’t sureContinue reading “Day 287: A Tortoise’s Favorite Seat”

Day 248: The Scent of a Tortoise

If there is one thing shelled beings have in abundance (besides “cuteness” of course) it is self-esteem. After all, when you are born as a cute, smart, compact and remarkably self-sufficient red-footed tortoise, what’s not to love about being you? That fragrance you are emitting? It is the exotic “eau de tortoise,” of course. AndContinue reading “Day 248: The Scent of a Tortoise”

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 176: Tortoises With a (Red Dotted) Face

The large shell-less beings aren’t the only ones who care about fashion. Style is just one of those interests that crosses gender, age and….species. After all, the more stylish you become, the cuter you feel – and look! Let’s say, for instance, after perusing your many style options and choices, you decide to go withContinue reading “Day 176: Tortoises With a (Red Dotted) Face”

Day 155: The Littlest Tortoise Lawnmower

The large shell-less being here…. Having a tortoise in the flock is kind of like having a very specialized lawn mower. It mows alright, but not in the way you might expect. For example, it might leave whole stands of tall fresh grass waving in place and make a beeline for the pricey new sunflowerContinue reading “Day 155: The Littlest Tortoise Lawnmower”

Day 128: For the Best Seat in the House (Move the Tortoise)

There is this saying, “if you want the best seat in the house, you have to move the dog.” As if. If you really want the best seat in the casa, well, good luck. Because chances are good a small, very cute shelled being is already sitting in it. And it is very hard toContinue reading “Day 128: For the Best Seat in the House (Move the Tortoise)”

Day 116: We Eat Them Tasty Books

It is hungry work carrying around a big heavy shell on your back. On the plus side, anytime you are ready to go home, you can just sit down. On the minus side, sometimes wherever you happen to be when you are ready to rest doesn’t offer the best selection of snacks. But, fortification beingContinue reading “Day 116: We Eat Them Tasty Books”

Day 104: Tortoise Creature Comforts

Some beings mildly appreciate so-called “creature comforts” when the opportunity presents itself. Other beings dive in to comfy-ness (a technical term) like an Olympic swimmer dives into a pool. This, of course, is because you were born for comfort. Made for it, in fact. You are so all about getting comfortable and staying that wayContinue reading “Day 104: Tortoise Creature Comforts”

Day 95: Tortoise Is A Leg Giveaway

“Cuteness” is widely considered to be an extremely desirable trait. But there are times it can turn into a liability. For instance, when you are very cute and you want to get away from it all and enjoy a restful nap, you may find that no sooner have you settled your adorable shelled self down,Continue reading “Day 95: Tortoise Is A Leg Giveaway”

Day 92: Tortoise Visits Shelled Support Circle

Living amongst the large shell-less beings has its perks. There are the gourmet hand-fed meals, the shell scratches, the cozy heated seats. But life in an interspecies flock also has its drawbacks….like the continually lurking paparazzi, the needy single box turtle living one habitat over from yours, your small shrieking feathered brother. Sometimes you justContinue reading “Day 92: Tortoise Visits Shelled Support Circle”

Day 80: Tortoise Toys

The large shell-less being here…. Regardless of species, size or even blood temperature, young beings like to play. Play helps improve motor coordination, sensory acuity, learning speed and overall confidence. Play is also fun! Malti came to me when she was just a month old – a true baby tort. She is a juvenile nowContinue reading “Day 80: Tortoise Toys”

Day 77: The Lap Tortoise

When you really, really, really want snacks – and not just any snacks but the GOOD ones – the best thing to do is to climb up into your mama’s lap. She definitely won’t expect it. She will be overcome with cuteness. She will “ooh” and “aah” over you. She will give you lots ofContinue reading “Day 77: The Lap Tortoise”

Day 53: America’s Next Top Tortoise Model

It can be hard to understand the cultural obsession with photographing large shell-less beings once you’ve laid eyes on a particularly photogenic shelled being. Everything a large shell-less being can do on (or off) the runway, shelled beings can do better….and look much better while doing it! Headshots, action shots, close-ups, distance shots, there isn’tContinue reading “Day 53: America’s Next Top Tortoise Model”

Day 20: Alligator Fluffies

Everyone needs a best friend in life. If you are small and appetizer-sized and delicious, it can be wise to choose a bestie that is bigger and ferocious. Of course, if your chosen bestie is too ferocious, you might be afraid to be friends with them, thinking you might end up as lunch instead! ButContinue reading “Day 20: Alligator Fluffies”

Day 8: Shelled Snuggles

When you are little (whether you happen to still look little or not), snuggling just comes naturally. Just because you were born with a shell on your back doesn’t mean you can’t snuggle with the best of them. If you have a shell and happen to live with one of the large shell-less beings, snugglingContinue reading “Day 8: Shelled Snuggles”

Day 5: Tortoise Twins!

When you are (sort of) small and cute with a shell, you will very naturally begin to attract admirers. Some of those admirers may start to send you fan mail. Other beings may want to know all kinds of things about you – like what you eat and what your home looks like and whoContinue reading “Day 5: Tortoise Twins!”


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