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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

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Hand Feeding

Sometimes it feels like the only thing Bruce and Malti really have in common is that they are both shelled. Malti was raised in captivity from the time she was born. She is used to being hand-fed, to having her shell scratched, to getting bathed in her little red tub, to making herself at home … Continue reading Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Hand Feeding

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 when … Continue reading Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Repurposing

Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Basking

Malti hails from South America. Redfooted tortoises are native to the country, and they can be found in diverse habitats, including grasslands and deep, lush forests. The forest redfoots don't see a lot of direct sunshine. This is both because they are under so much greenery, from giant trees to bushes and ground-hugging vegetation, and … Continue reading Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Basking

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Making Hay

When a boy turtle wakes up from his long winter hibernation, believe it or not, food is not the first thing on his mind. He is thinking about one thing and one thing only - finding a lady box turtle to make eggs with. While it can be a pretty big deal to a lady … Continue reading Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Making Hay

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 half … Continue reading Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: New Things

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Blueberries

Both shelled members of our little flock love blueberries. Perhaps it is the shape - so round, so soft, such a satisfying mouth-feel. Or maybe it is the overall "hunt-ability" (a technical term) - whereas a mango chunk or lettuce leaf will just lay there helplessly, the blueberry can be a wiley roly-poly adversary indeed! … Continue reading Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Blueberries

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