So amazing to read about expectant tortoise owners so prepared!!
Congrats to you, your daughter, all your family, and Barry of course! I promise they are so very worth it. Give him a few weeks and you’ll be in love.
My daughter turns 7 at the end of the month (SEVEN, God I feel old) and she had one main request…
I’d love a tortoise Mum.
So we’re all pitching in and getting her a tortoise.
We’ve decided to rehome a 4 year old male Horsfield tortoise from a sanctuary not far from where we live rather than get a teeny tiny baby one that you can’t do much with.
I’ve honestly never seen a group of adults so excited over something as simple as a tortoise.
Actually, simple is probably the wrong word to use, I’ve never known anything so complicated to get together.
- No tanks, they now have ‘tortoise tables’ which we’re expecting to arrive tomorrow.
- No substrate, apparently now a mix of top soil and play sand is recommended.
- Cuttlefish bones to ‘soften’ their beaks
- Heat lamps, heat mats and ‘hides’ are now what a tortoise needs, and you can’t just feed them a salad diet, oh no – it’s all ‘edible plants’, weeds with calcium powder and vitamins sprinkled over them.
Goodness me Barry* – you better be worth it 🙂
*Barry is the name she has chosen for him – love it.