depressionavoidance:

tort-time:

depressionavoidance:

I have a newfound dream of keeping a pet tortoise, but there’s so much research to do before that’s possible. This is the life I lead.

Yes! Do lots and lots of research and prep.. getting the set up right is work but completely worth it when you get a sly side eye from your little shell friend <3

Thanks for the encouragement, tort-time! I’m nowhere near done researching, and there’s so many different facets of information regarding general tortoise care before even considering specific species that it’s a bit overwhelming for a prospective first-timer like myself.

Makes me so happy to read this <3 you are gonna be the best shell human! Theres SO much to take in at first. I definitely feel you on how overwhelming it can be. When I got Ms. Zoya Pants, I was blown away by the amount of bad info out there and embarked on a bit of a crusade for quality information… its ongoing really. I have no doubt you’ll end up with a perfect match and many happy times will follow.

Depending on the level of depth you’re looking for, I highly recommend a book “Health care & Rehabilitation of Turtles and Tortoises” by Amanda Ebenhack. It’s a pretty intense book but has a ton of info from husbandry and diets to potential health issues and their treatment. It’s good to have around, IMHO, when questions come up and just in general. 

Good Luck! 

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darkcuddles:

..I didn’t want to bring this up until I was sure of things.. But the application has been accepted now, and I believe it’s safe to say that my companion and I will be adopting a Sonoran desert tortoise this Saturday!! 

We won’t be sure of its age, sex, or size until tomorrow, and we haven’t come up with any potential names yet. 

CONGRATULATIONS!!! you are doing a wonderful thing adopting a shell in need! Please share pictures! 

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darkcuddles:

..I didn’t want to bring this up until I was sure of things.. But the application has been accepted now, and I believe it’s safe to say that my companion and I will be adopting a Sonoran desert tortoise this Saturday!! 

We won’t be sure of its age, sex, or size until tomorrow, and we haven’t come up with any potential names yet. 

CONGRATULATIONS!!! you are doing a wonderful thing adopting a shell in need! Please share pictures! 

Hope someone adopts these incredible tortoises! I so wish I could. I also hope that who ever does get to care for them, and anyone who adopts a turtle or tortoise, takes some time to do some damn good researcher and prepare the castle they deserve for them before they even arrive.  

PHOENIX (CBS5) –

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering desert tortoises for adoption because holding facilities are at capacity.  

Although it’s illegal to take the tortoises from the wild, the department receives hundreds of unwanted adult and captive-born tortoises every year, said Cristina Jones, Arizona Game and Fish turtle biologist.

“Once captive, desert tortoises can never be released into the wild,” Jones said. “Not only is it illegal, it can jeopardize wild populations through the introduction of disease, or displace wild tortoises.”

Anyone interested in adopting one must have an enclosed yard without potential dangers like an unfenced pool or a dog. Prospective owners will also need to build a burrow so the turtles can hide from the sun.

Owners must also live in the desert tortoise’s native range, which includes Phoenix, Tucson, Bullhead City, Kingman Lake Havasu and Yuma.

Desert tortoises can be interactive and provide companionship without the same demand as other household pets, according to department officials.

The department listed more information about caring for the turtle on their website as well as the adoption application.

Copyright 2012 CBS 5 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Hope someone adopts these incredible tortoises! I so wish I could. I also hope that who ever does get to care for them, and anyone who adopts a turtle or tortoise, takes some time to do some damn good researcher and prepare the castle they deserve for them before they even arrive.  

PHOENIX (CBS5) –

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering desert tortoises for adoption because holding facilities are at capacity.  

Although it’s illegal to take the tortoises from the wild, the department receives hundreds of unwanted adult and captive-born tortoises every year, said Cristina Jones, Arizona Game and Fish turtle biologist.

“Once captive, desert tortoises can never be released into the wild,” Jones said. “Not only is it illegal, it can jeopardize wild populations through the introduction of disease, or displace wild tortoises.”

Anyone interested in adopting one must have an enclosed yard without potential dangers like an unfenced pool or a dog. Prospective owners will also need to build a burrow so the turtles can hide from the sun.

Owners must also live in the desert tortoise’s native range, which includes Phoenix, Tucson, Bullhead City, Kingman Lake Havasu and Yuma.

Desert tortoises can be interactive and provide companionship without the same demand as other household pets, according to department officials.

The department listed more information about caring for the turtle on their website as well as the adoption application.

Copyright 2012 CBS 5 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

A young hippopotamus in Kenya, has formed a bond with a 100 year old tortoise. The story and photos come from a former Panamanian resident now living in Uganda.

The “baby” hippopotamus, less than a year old, survived tsunami waves on the Kenyan coast, and became attached to a giant male century-old tortoise in an animal facility in Mombassa after being rescued from the Indian Ocean.

The hippopotamus, nicknamed Owen, weighs about 300 kilograms (650 pounds),The a male tortoise, about a century old, seems to be very happy with being a ‘mother’,’ said ecologist Paula Kahumbu, who is in charge of Lafarge Park .
The hippo follows the tortoise around, sleeps next to him, and gets aggressive if anyone comes near.

via www.newsroompanama.com

This is one of my favorite stories about tortoises and inter species love. its been cirulating for a while now but is honestly worth a read….They are friends to this day. There is a book about them and they are creating a special pen for the hippo as it grows so it can be with its kind but still come back and hang with its daddy tortoise. Gotta love that.