Day 278: A Very Stealthy Redfoot Tortoise

Being born with cute red dots guarantees you are going to be an original. They broke the mold when you got made. But all those red dots tend to draw attention to you whether you want it or not. It is very hard to hide “cuteness.” Luckily, it is not impossible. One good method isContinue reading “Day 278: A Very Stealthy Redfoot Tortoise”

Day 275: The Big Girl Tortoise Door

Every being is little when they are born. Even very large little beings will get much larger as they grow up. And very small (silver dollar-sized) beings will also get bigger as they get older. Getting bigger comes with lots of perks. For example, you might get a bigger water dish….heck, a whole bowl onceContinue reading “Day 275: The Big Girl Tortoise Door”

Day 266: The Tortoise and the Compliments

When you choose to live in an interspecies flock, you will quickly start to notice key differences between you and some of your flock mates. Take compliments, for example. Your flock mates span the gamut in this department. While your large shell-less assistant becomes visibly uncomfortable upon presentation of the (admittedly rare) compliment, your small featheryContinue reading “Day 266: The Tortoise and the Compliments”

Day 179: Tortoise Does Forest Maintenance

Many large shell-less beings like to visit forests to do something they call “camping.” While they are there, they erect small temporary shells that they crawl into – although oddly, only at night. During the day, they mostly wander about totally unprotected, making lots of noise, climbing things they shouldn’t be climbing, tripping over thingsContinue reading “Day 179: Tortoise Does Forest Maintenance”

Day 173: When It Rains, the Tortoise Wallows

The word “tropical” can mean very different things to different species. To the large shell-less beings, the tropics frequently conjures up images of pina coladas and suntan lotion. But if you have a shell on your back and hail from a tropical location, there is just one thing that comes to mind when you thinkContinue reading “Day 173: When It Rains, the Tortoise Wallows”

Day 158: Tortoise Playground Escapades

All young beings love to play. Youth just seems to bring with it a natural curiosity and drive to explore, plus boundless enthusiasm and energy for both. This holds true regardless of species, which of course means that if you’ve been to the playground with one species, you’ve been to the playground with them all. InContinue reading “Day 158: Tortoise Playground Escapades”

Day 143: The Tortoise & the Dreaded F.E.N.C.E.

It is a fact – if you have a shell on your back, you pretty much hate fences. Whether the fence is there to keep you in or to keep you out, it is never a welcome sight. Even if the grass is so succulent and green on your side of the fence…. ….it isContinue reading “Day 143: The Tortoise & the Dreaded F.E.N.C.E.”

Day 140: Tortoise Home Away from Home

The large shell-less being here…. When I first brought Malti home, I was sufficiently petrified to expect a steep learning curve with daily challenges. And those were just the ones I faced while we were actually at home. It was another matter entirely when I needed to take my little girl somewhere, say, to theContinue reading “Day 140: Tortoise Home Away from Home”

Day 68: The Constant (Shelled) Gardener

Being born with a shell on your back can mean no one takes your gardening skills seriously. You might even be a master craftsmen where landscaping is concerned, but the only way anyone will ever know is if you show them. The arrival of spring when your mommy replants your habitat (on account of howContinue reading “Day 68: The Constant (Shelled) Gardener”

Day 29: Total Tortugan Comfort

When you are born with a hard shell that covers your body, some beings assume you aren’t cuddly. They think you can’t appreciate the finer comforts of life, such as a snuggly plush blanket….or two snuggly plush blankets! That is their loss. And in fact, if they don’t keep a close eye on said blankets,Continue reading “Day 29: Total Tortugan Comfort”

Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Moss

When Malti was just a teensy tort (which seems like forever ago but was really only a scant handful of double-digit months), her favorite hobby was hiding. She liked hiding even more than she liked eating, which is frankly hard to believe now. Her favorite hiding place was anywhere there was a big pile ofContinue reading “Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Moss”

Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Grass

In Malti’s last post here, we talked about her lukewarm interest in the food that should be her main dietary staple – dark leafy greens. But truthfully, that all changes once Malti is out on the lawn, or really in any place where the greenery is designed to be decorative more than edible. Take ryeContinue reading “Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Grass”

Malti Explains Redfooted Tortoises: Environment

One (of many) things I didn’t know when I brought Malti home was that different shelled beings need different types of care. For example, some tortoises thrive in desert environments. They like dry air with low humidity and high heat. Other tortoises, (for instance, red footed tortoises), hail from tropical climates. Wild redfooted tortoises liveContinue reading “Malti Explains Redfooted Tortoises: Environment”

Tortoise Habitat

The topic of tortoise habitats is one that could easily become all-consuming. The websites and books on the Resources page here can help you locate economical, safe habitat materials and supplies (you can also see some great examples of different types of tort habitats). What I have learned thus far is: There is no one “right” way to setContinue reading “Tortoise Habitat”


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