Anonymous:

cats are dangers to reptiles, snuggling or not their saliva is highly toxic

Hi Anon, these two mostly coexisted in the same space and were never unattended. Zoya had her own enclosure and not being a water turtle the saliva issue was not a direct threat. 

At the time of the photo, I had gone blind and was hospitalized for several weeks. This left me and Zoya homeless.  We were lucky to be given a place to live by our friend and her beautiful boy CM. I created a makeshift enclosure and had a makeshift bed for myself and we made due till we could move. This was a sweet moment captured on film in a terrible time in our lives and I sharing it is just that.. sharing a moment that was unexpected and sweet. 

I have said it before and will say it again that people need to do research and think when owning and handling a reptile. I am not a vet (I can hear you say obviously) but I have done extensive research and have been certified in wildlife rehab. I don’t expect that everyone here is.. but I expect that they can appreciate a moment and not instantly recreate it. We all have brains and an ability to appreciate without replicating.. though I am happy to air on the side of caution in this case so will amend the post. 

I always appreciate your thoughts, please send them from your address as I really honestly want to discuss these things and a better way to communicate caution with appreciation. I do this when face to face with people but its not apparently conveyed well here. Thanks for taking the time to write. I am always grateful for the input. 

So do be clear PLEASE don’t let your cat interact with your tortoise or turtle’s water, food, etc. Do not allow them to lick each other, NEVER let them eat each others food,  and in general, do not leave your shell friend to roam free in your home as it can be VERY dangerous for them. Do your research and remember a photo is just a split second in a greater context and ALWAYS air on the side of caution. 

Thanks again anon! 

Anonymous:

you do know what a tort even is? like do you know what “tort” really means? hint, it’s not a tortoise.

Happy Sunday to you too, Anon! Thanks for your interest in tort-time and how it got its name. You will likely be surprised to know that 
I do, in fact, ‘even know’ what tort means (in the context I’m assuming you’re referring to). 

Long ago, when you were just a twinkle in your mom’s eye,  my friend and I drove down to DC for what we’ve always called Friendsgiving.  That particular year she was in the midst of studying for the bar exam, and as the passenger, it was my responsibility to read the flashcards to her.  Fast forward a few years and Zoya came along, and the word tort and tortie were regularly used to describe her. So when I sat down to start my blog almost seven years ago, I decided to name it Tort-time cause torts remind me of those flashcards and “love a tort and confuse a lawyer”. It was a silly thing that made me laugh but worked to confuse/concern you, someone I’m assuming is an aspiring lawyer?

In any case, that’s the origin of the blog name. It seems like a good time to remind you that words have context and any good lawyer (or any person reading things) considers the context of the word or words when determining their meaning.  

We here at tort-time apologize if our URL and Blog name has caused you harm, it was unintentional.  We are not lawyers ourselves, but we’re pretty sure any harm is negligible at best, and you wouldn’t be granted any compensation other than this response.

Though now that we’re talking about torts I’m worried about that Zoya cam I set up on top of her castle without telling her and all those pics of her bum in the bath I posted here and took without permission. I’m sure Zoya would like representation if you’re interested. I mean, damn she’d be awarded several fields worth of dandelions by the time its all said and done. But come on! I’m tortfeeder not a tortfeasor. OK, that went too far.

Just know that those flashcards are what came to mind when I heard tortoises called torts, and the terms are ripe with potential tortoise and turtle jokes. That’s how it happened and here we are years later. I have no regrets. It was not an intentional tort 😉

p.s. I hope any other anon asks you’ve sent out read less jerk-like than this one did.  I’m sure you’re a perfectly lovely human being and wouldn’t want others to make assumptions about you.

Here. Have a picture of Zoya being adorable.  She knew I was taking this picture so its cool.

image

Anonymous:

you do know what a tort even is? like do you know what “tort” really means? hint, it’s not a tortoise.

Happy Sunday to you too, Anon! Thanks for your interest in tort-time and how it got its name. You will likely be surprised to know that 
I do, in fact, ‘even know’ what tort means (in the context I’m assuming you’re referring to). 

Long ago, when you were just a twinkle in your mom’s eye,  my friend and I drove down to DC for what we’ve always called Friendsgiving.  That particular year she was in the midst of studying for the bar exam, and as the passenger, it was my responsibility to read the flashcards to her.  Fast forward a few years and Zoya came along, and the word tort and tortie were regularly used to describe her. So when I sat down to start my blog almost seven years ago, I decided to name it Tort-time cause torts remind me of those flashcards and “love a tort and confuse a lawyer”. It was a silly thing that made me laugh but worked to confuse/concern you, someone I’m assuming is an aspiring lawyer?

In any case, that’s the origin of the blog name. It seems like a good time to remind you that words have context and any good lawyer (or any person reading things) considers the context of the word or words when determining their meaning.  

We here at tort-time apologize if our URL and Blog name has caused you harm, it was unintentional.  We are not lawyers ourselves, but we’re pretty sure any harm is negligible at best, and you wouldn’t be granted any compensation other than this response.

Though now that we’re talking about torts I’m worried about that Zoya cam I set up on top of her castle without telling her and all those pics of her bum in the bath I posted here and took without permission. I’m sure Zoya would like representation if you’re interested. I mean, damn she’d be awarded several fields worth of dandelions by the time its all said and done. But come on! I’m tortfeeder not a tortfeasor. OK, that went too far.

Just know that those flashcards are what came to mind when I heard tortoises called torts, and the terms are ripe with potential tortoise and turtle jokes. That’s how it happened and here we are years later. I have no regrets. It was not an intentional tort 😉

p.s. I hope any other anon asks you’ve sent out read less jerk-like than this one did.  I’m sure you’re a perfectly lovely human being and wouldn’t want others to make assumptions about you.

Here. Have a picture of Zoya being adorable.  She knew I was taking this picture so its cool.

image

Anonymous:

Why is it spelled tortoise and not tortiss?

That’s a great question! I asked Zoya and she says that the spelling of tortoise is far more elegant that Tortiss. As elegant creatures, tortoises demand that all things associated with them be just as elegant as they are. Also, the iss in tortiss is too close to the hiss they make when they’re mad. They prefer the hiss to come as a surprise. It’s a turtpocalypse thing.  

Anonymous:

Why is it spelled tortoise and not tortiss?

That’s a great question! I asked Zoya and she says that the spelling of tortoise is far more elegant that Tortiss. As elegant creatures, tortoises demand that all things associated with them be just as elegant as they are. Also, the iss in tortiss is too close to the hiss they make when they’re mad. They prefer the hiss to come as a surprise. It’s a turtpocalypse thing.  

Anonymous:

What species are the tortoises in your blog?

Hi Anon, 

I share pictures, info about ALLLLLLLLL kinds of turtle and tortoises so you’ll have to be specific. The tortoise in charge here (Zoya pants ) is a Testudo Horsfieldi aka Russian Tortoise (sometimes called central Asian tortoise). 

If you’re asking about a specific post feel free to send me a link to it  🙂