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Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Arugula

If it is possible for a tortoise to be a foodie, then Malti is a foodie. She really loves to eat. During the rare moments when she's gotten her beak on some "people" food, she has reliably gobbled down as much of it as she could before her mama was able to extract it. Not … Continue reading Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Arugula

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 the … Continue 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: Bathing

If you've been following along with our little flock's adventures for some time now, you probably remember that pivotal moment in May 2014 (four years ago now - wow!) when Malti first joined our family. She was so little! She bathed in a tupperware lid at first, and then "graduated" to a teensy tiny tort … Continue reading Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Bathing

Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Pearl

As Malti grows up, she becomes more alert and curious about everything in her surroundings. And I do mean everything. This little girl doesn't miss a beat. If something in her environment changes, she notices right away. If there is an opportunity to check out anything - or anyone - she has only been able … Continue reading Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Pearl

Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Groceries

Redfoot tortoises are very smart. Not only can they go head-to-head on touch screen computer tests with dogs, rats, mice, chimps, black bears and other warm-blooded species, but they can solve mazes with the right motivation (which is always treats, of course). If I ever forget this, all I have to do is wait until … Continue reading Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Groceries

Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Cloaking Device

Even when Malti was 4 weeks old and the size of my palm, she already had the most gorgeous coloring. Her orange and red dots covered her lower face, chin, neck, all four legs and feet and her little tail. As she gets bigger, so do her dots. Her colors seem to change every day! … Continue reading Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Cloaking Device

Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Young, Small and Delicious

In South American where Malti's species hails from, red footed tortoises are considered a...um...delicacy. "Tortoise pie" is said to be a particular favorite on festive occasions. When Malti first joined our little flock, she hid CONSTANTLY. And she was the size of a silver dollar, and her mama had packed her habitat with plenty of … Continue reading Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Young, Small and Delicious

Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Eyesight

Malti's eyes often look black, especially when she is sitting in the sun. It took a long time to realize her eyes are actually brown! But it didn't take me nearly so long to learn that her eyes work really well. For example, she can see in the ultraviolet light spectrum, just like her parrot … Continue reading Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Eyesight

Tuesday Gratefuls: Pearl & Shannon Share

With all the anger, hate and fighting in the world today, every teensy tidbit of love really counts! After all, learning to get along doesn't start at a top-down level. It starts at the bottom up. Sometimes at first a new being may come into your life and you're not so thrilled about it. Maybe … Continue reading Tuesday Gratefuls: Pearl & Shannon Share

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