Zoya doesn’t feel strongly about this super bowl, so she’s watching highlights of the #49ers season, especially @SammyKaep7 ‘s dad (her fav). Humom is wondering what kind of NE er she raised. Go Patriots, Zoya! Patriots! 

None of this matters? oh. right. 

Sammy the Sulcata ( @SammyKaep7 ) wished his dad, 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7 ), a happy birthday yesterday. Unlike most teenagers, Sammy isn’t embarrassed to show his dad some love in public. 

Sammy the Sulcata ( @SammyKaep7 ) wished his dad, 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7 ), a happy birthday yesterday. Unlike most teenagers, Sammy isn’t embarrassed to show his dad some love in public. 

Thanks to @sammyKaep7 , this year’s superbowl tweeting sure did include a lot of tortoise mentions! The good, the bad, and the obnoxious! Still pretty great that people are paying attention! hope anyone inspired does their research before adopting.. and hey.. reread my post about Sulcata tortoises, Red Eared Sliders, and remember to adopt a rescue!  

Buck up Sammy! we look forward to your dad kicking ass next year (though we are always #NewEnglandPatriots at hearts over here)

Thanks to @sammyKaep7 , this year’s superbowl tweeting sure did include a lot of tortoise mentions! The good, the bad, and the obnoxious! Still pretty great that people are paying attention! hope anyone inspired does their research before adopting.. and hey.. reread my post about Sulcata tortoises, Red Eared Sliders, and remember to adopt a rescue!  

Buck up Sammy! we look forward to your dad kicking ass next year (though we are always #NewEnglandPatriots at hearts over here)

@SammyKaep7 is A PSA for Niners and Ravens fans alike … who like tortoises and turtles

 we here at tort-time work to spread the love… but we have opinions and this is ours (though we can all get along regardless on monday right? 🙂 ) 

 We  may or may not be annoyed that the Ravens beat the patriots 😉 We may or may not wish we lived on the west coast. We may or may not have personal football related leanings (we don’t hide it.. see last year’s Superbowl post). In this case, however, our support of the 49ers is particularly relevant (though the whole Pats thing really reinforced our opinion haha).  

You all know the sad, yet inspiring, story of Audrey R. Slider who lived in a bucket and because of the incredible work of @littleresq is now educating the world about the importance of proper care and research before adoption. Many other red eared sliders end up even less lucky… abandoned, killed, dying from this kind of poor care / abuse before any rescue is even possible. RES’s make up a large portion of turtle and tortoise rescue population. People don’t realize what their getting into, even with the best intentions. 

Sulcata tortoises are in a similar place. At birth they are small as a quarter, inconspicuous in a way, adorable and all too often sold in pet stores. All too often people who adopt them don’t realize that, sooner than later, this little quarter size tortoise will turn into a 100+ pound beauty. So? They get dumped, returned to pet stores, put in the wild (sometimes contaminating other wild turlte/tortoise populations that are already threatened). These animals are incredible but what people forget is that they also require the same space and light and proper diet any other tortoise does…only if you think about it proportionally? Thats a whole lot of everything and results in too many abandoned tortoises and very full rescues. 

Its sad that every species of tortoises and turtles has so much against it. Being inhumanely removed from habitats  being buried to death during urbanisation, being deliberately hit by people because.. well I still don’t have any idea what to say about that one.. They are up against a lot but in general they persevere. 

Incredible people are out there. Folks at @littleresq ( http://www.littleresq.net/ ), The Long Island Turtle Rescue ( http://turtlerescues.com/ ), Turtle Rescue USA ( http://www.turtlerescueusa.com/wordpress/?page_id=4) and so many more, do all they can to help our shelled friends.. but they can’t do it all. Rescues get full, they cost money. 

So, what does this have to do with the Superbowl? Well, this long rant is to say that..some positive media showing a well cared for adult tortoise is freaking awesome!  People have been writing articles about how Kaepernick showing off his tortoise is about being hip, or cause he’s weird, and whatever the hell else these people are saying. Yeah I understand why people are upset about how he came to play this year. Hate the Niners etc… In the end? I am so excited to see a story about the superbowl that involves the story of a boy getting a small tortoise at 10 years old and raising it properly and heading to the superbowl while also showing off the 115 lb tortoise that he loves to this day. you know what? I think thats cool. hip even. I hope it becomes trendy to care for your animals properly or at the very least? shows a lot of people that don’t know what their getting into what adopting a sulcata is really about. Cause its not hip to adopt a tortoise you know nothing about and, when you realize its growing bigger than you thought, you dump it somewhere or keep it in a home it barely fits in. Thats not cool. 

So thanks sammy! Thank Sammy & Colin for spreading the love! And good luck tonight! 

@SammyKaep7 is A PSA for Niners and Ravens fans alike … who like tortoises and turtles

 we here at tort-time work to spread the love… but we have opinions and this is ours (though we can all get along regardless on monday right? 🙂 ) 

 We  may or may not be annoyed that the Ravens beat the patriots 😉 We may or may not wish we lived on the west coast. We may or may not have personal football related leanings (we don’t hide it.. see last year’s Superbowl post). In this case, however, our support of the 49ers is particularly relevant (though the whole Pats thing really reinforced our opinion haha).  

You all know the sad, yet inspiring, story of Audrey R. Slider who lived in a bucket and because of the incredible work of @littleresq is now educating the world about the importance of proper care and research before adoption. Many other red eared sliders end up even less lucky… abandoned, killed, dying from this kind of poor care / abuse before any rescue is even possible. RES’s make up a large portion of turtle and tortoise rescue population. People don’t realize what their getting into, even with the best intentions. 

Sulcata tortoises are in a similar place. At birth they are small as a quarter, inconspicuous in a way, adorable and all too often sold in pet stores. All too often people who adopt them don’t realize that, sooner than later, this little quarter size tortoise will turn into a 100+ pound beauty. So? They get dumped, returned to pet stores, put in the wild (sometimes contaminating other wild turlte/tortoise populations that are already threatened). These animals are incredible but what people forget is that they also require the same space and light and proper diet any other tortoise does…only if you think about it proportionally? Thats a whole lot of everything and results in too many abandoned tortoises and very full rescues. 

Its sad that every species of tortoises and turtles has so much against it. Being inhumanely removed from habitats  being buried to death during urbanisation, being deliberately hit by people because.. well I still don’t have any idea what to say about that one.. They are up against a lot but in general they persevere. 

Incredible people are out there. Folks at @littleresq ( http://www.littleresq.net/ ), The Long Island Turtle Rescue ( http://turtlerescues.com/ ), Turtle Rescue USA ( http://www.turtlerescueusa.com/wordpress/?page_id=4) and so many more, do all they can to help our shelled friends.. but they can’t do it all. Rescues get full, they cost money. 

So, what does this have to do with the Superbowl? Well, this long rant is to say that..some positive media showing a well cared for adult tortoise is freaking awesome!  People have been writing articles about how Kaepernick showing off his tortoise is about being hip, or cause he’s weird, and whatever the hell else these people are saying. Yeah I understand why people are upset about how he came to play this year. Hate the Niners etc… In the end? I am so excited to see a story about the superbowl that involves the story of a boy getting a small tortoise at 10 years old and raising it properly and heading to the superbowl while also showing off the 115 lb tortoise that he loves to this day. you know what? I think thats cool. hip even. I hope it becomes trendy to care for your animals properly or at the very least? shows a lot of people that don’t know what their getting into what adopting a sulcata is really about. Cause its not hip to adopt a tortoise you know nothing about and, when you realize its growing bigger than you thought, you dump it somewhere or keep it in a home it barely fits in. Thats not cool. 

So thanks sammy! Thank Sammy & Colin for spreading the love! And good luck tonight! 

Silly Kaepernick putting his helmet on Sammy! Don’t you know he’s got a permanent helmet? He’s probably as anxious to avoid a tackle as you and your teammates are

We here are tort-time are trying not to focus on the article itself (SHAME on you USA today! ) and instead focus on how awesome Sammy is. Unlike USA today and the commenters on the San Francisco Chronicle article, we think its awesome that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has a pet tortoise.  I bet he’s got a nice yard to graze and love that Kaepernick shared his love for his tortoise with the media. 

Don’t listen to those journalists, this isn’t a fad.. owning a tortoise or turtle takes effort, and these animals are just as worthy of attention as any of your celebs/athletes cats or dogs. 

you can click on this caption to read the obnoxious article if you like. 

 San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has a pet tortoise named Sammy. It weighs over 100 pounds and “eats the backyard” according to The San Francisco Chronicle. 

Silly Kaepernick putting his helmet on Sammy! Don’t you know he’s got a permanent helmet? He’s probably as anxious to avoid a tackle as you and your teammates are

We here are tort-time are trying not to focus on the article itself (SHAME on you USA today! ) and instead focus on how awesome Sammy is. Unlike USA today and the commenters on the San Francisco Chronicle article, we think its awesome that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has a pet tortoise.  I bet he’s got a nice yard to graze and love that Kaepernick shared his love for his tortoise with the media. 

Don’t listen to those journalists, this isn’t a fad.. owning a tortoise or turtle takes effort, and these animals are just as worthy of attention as any of your celebs/athletes cats or dogs. 

you can click on this caption to read the obnoxious article if you like. 

 San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has a pet tortoise named Sammy. It weighs over 100 pounds and “eats the backyard” according to The San Francisco Chronicle.