Had another unwanted pet given to me. So uh, I guess say hi to my new Mojave Desert Tortoise.

Supposedly what happened was, some parents bought this little guy for their kid but their kid is scared of it and doesn’t want it so now I have it.


There’s one thing I’d like to say about this.

Parents.. Seriously..

If you’re going to buy a pet, make sure your kid or whoever you’re buying it for, is actually cool with the animal and wants one first before ya decide to just come home with one.

This is how animals end up in shelters and that’s probably where this one would have gone.

My house is full of unwanted pets already. Almost all of my current pets were abandoned or not wanted by their previous owners, and I am still getting offers to take pets people either no longer want or for whatever reason cannot keep.

I can’t keep adopting you people’s bad decisions, and I’m not always gonna be around, or have the extra space, to save these animals from going to the shelter.

So please..

Use your brain, before buying a new pet.

Honestly starting to consider opening up a little donation fund to make affording to take care of these animals a little easier. Especially since I’m expecting to take in one more unwanted pet pretty soon.

A serious problem we need to address shell friends! STOP IMPULSE BUYS!!

This is a major problem in the shell world and has lead to so many abandoned abused turtles and tortoises, rescues overwhelmed and unable take in anymore, the depletion of resources for resident shells by shells that don’t even belong in that ecosystem. 

We put our campaign on hold in the wake of tragedies in the human world but now its time to talk. Lets spread the word in our communities #BuyToysNotTurtles  and lets give @o0aquadragon0o a high five for rescuing this adorable shell (and all the others). 

I’m sure you’ve all seen my PSA but you’ll be seeing it a lot this week. Feel free to share it, post it places, and tell your friends with kids 

Buy Toys Not Turtles: https://youtu.be/A2PD3kLfYlA


Mom made a comic of us and it’s finally here! You can read all about me and Mango and our quest for toast. We pawtographed the first 10 copies too! You can order it here:

Waffles and Mango are super heros in their own comic!!! Check it out!


Desert Tortoises: Don’t
Mess With Mama! 

Not all turtles drop their eggs and trundle away. USGS
researchers studying Agassiz’s desert tortoises at a wind farm in the
Sonoran Desert discovered two tortoise mothers who protected their nests
from predators for several days after laying eggs
under the sand at the
entrance to their burrow.

The moms sat over the nest, often turned
sideways to block the burrow’s entrance from
intruders, used their noses to push predators  away (yes, including
researchers!), and even tried to collapse the burrow over the nest when
disturbance continued.

Parental care like this is more widespread in
turtles than most people think. Turtles can be good mothers too!

more about our research on renewable energy and desert tortoises, visit http://bit.ly/1rsZKLT

To read the article about tortoises guarding their nests, vist http://bit.ly/1TiyuWK

Photo: A female Agassiz’s desert tortoise at Joshua Tree National Park
lounges in the entrance of her burrow, wearing a USGS radio.
Shellie Puffer, USGS

(via: U.S. Geological Survey)


It’s turtle breeding season, and yesterday I helped this female red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) across the road. Many turtles and tortoises will be crossing roadways to breed and lay eggs, and it’s important to know what to do if you encounter one that’s in a dangerous area. If you need to pick one up, grasp it firmly behind the front legs and carry it as low to the ground as you can. Turtles can be surprisingly strong and mobile, covered in mud, and may kick at you with their claws, so if you lose your grip, you do not want them to fall very far. For very large or potentially dangerous species like snapping turtles, you are better off escorting them across the road rather than trying to handle them. (Do NOT pick them up by their rear legs or tails!)

Only carry animals as far as absolutely necessary to get them out of the road and over the curb or other obstacles, and carry them in the direction they were heading when you spotted them. They know where they want to go, so if you turn them around they will likely go right back into the road. Do NOT relocate them. While you might think that pond 10 miles away would be turtle heaven, relocation is extremely stressful and puts them in danger as they will have to rediscover food sources and shelter and compete with existing animals. Females are especially vulnerable as they are already taxed by egg-laying. If you find an injured turtle or genuinely believe the animal would be in danger if you left it where it was, contact a local wildlife rescue or licensed rehabilitator and ask for their advice. Though it may be tempting, don’t handle or linger around the animal more than necessary. Finally, remember to wash your hands, because salmonella is no fun!

IMPORTANT!! Please read This wonderful post. 

While our goal is to help turtles and tortoises, it’s important we do it in the right way! Our best intentions can cause harm for the shell! 

  • Always move the turtle or tort in the direction its heading
  • Never pick them up by the back legs or tail
  • Cary them low to the ground in case they wiggle free
  • NEVER relocate a turtle or tortoise. Only take them as far as needed to get them out of immediate danger.

Pass it on! 

Remember! Saving one turtle or tortoise can mean saving the life of a decade of hatchlings to come!