Day 2: Little Turtle, Big Turtle

You just never know when you are going to wake up and discover you are bigger. For example, let’s say all of your life you have been a little tortoise. But then one day, the sun comes up and suddenly you notice you are not so little anymore. Unfortunately, it seems you are the onlyContinue reading “Day 2: Little Turtle, Big Turtle”

Malti Explains Redfooted Tortoises: Tortoise Tunnels

Often when someone meets Malti for the first time, their biggest curiosity is about her personality. Is she friendly? Does she know me? Does she like to play? Does she bite? From my limited experience with pet tortoises, I can say the answers to these questions (as best I can tell) are yes, yes, yesContinue reading “Malti Explains Redfooted Tortoises: Tortoise Tunnels”

Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Hide n Seek

Tortoises like playing games just as much as any other pet. Malti loves games – the scarier the better. For example, let’s say you feel like playing a rousing round of the super-frightening game “hide n seek.” You scour the area and discover an intriguing soft tunnel that is perfectly tortoise-sized. You crawl in…and keepContinue reading “Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Hide n Seek”

Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Alligator

In every household, there is one place where every family member always wants to sit. This is because it is the comfiest, of course. It is also the coziest and the safest and the most fun. And because everyone wants to sit there, whoever gets to it first is kind of like “king of theContinue reading “Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Alligator”

Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Begging

When I first brought Malti home, she was still so wild! At times she seemed nearly feral, looking at me suspiciously out of those tiny intense black eyes. And then she started to grow up. She began to put two and two together on multiple levels. Specifically, she started to catch on that the large,Continue reading “Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Begging”

Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Repurposing

I grew up with parrots. They are small and quick and LOUD. I also cared for a group of rescued water turtles as a child – they weren’t loud, but they were also small and quick. Malti is just the opposite. Malti is large and slow and very, very quiet. Or, she is quiet whenContinue reading “Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Repurposing”

Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: New Things

I can’t remember where I read it, but early on in my journey to learn how to become a tortoise mama, I read somewhere that tortoises don’t like it when you change their environment. Unfortunately, I moved a lot the first couple of years Malti was with me (she is turning three and a halfContinue reading “Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: New Things”

Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Interior Design

As mama and official “enrichment coordinator” to two small shells, I take habitat decor quite seriously indeed. This past winter, both Malti’s and Bruce’s habitats were completely wiped out. Between the rain and the snow (sleet really, but still) and the freezes, each habitat was a total mud ball by the time some warmer daysContinue reading “Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Interior Design”

Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Going IN

I’ve shared in previous posts here how Malti has a thing for fences. If she sees a fence, she wants to go OUT. From the time she was a tiny tort (something she definitely isn’t anymore!), she has had a “zero tolerance” policy for confinement. Even if the fence is totally open-ended – like moreContinue reading “Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Going IN”


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