Wisdom From The Experts Pt 4 & 5 Two Turtle and Tort experts, two related pieces of wisdom to share about turtle and tortoise anatomy! Lori Neuman-Lee, PhD (@CheloniaGirl ), prof at Utah State University, says – “I wish people knew that turtles can’t come out of their shells…because their shells are part of their...
Words of Wisdom from the Experts Pt 3- “I wish people knew how smart turtles are. They learn quickly where their food comes from; if from a human then they learn that specific person” Is what Michelle Kelly (@MichelleKellyCW), public speaker about Reptiles and amphibians, wishes more people knew about turtles and tortoises. Those of...
Words of wisdom from the experts pt 2 Check out this INCREDIBLE photo by Amanda Hipps, @biophilamanda, one of the experts who responded to our #worldturtleday question. Amanda studies the animals that live in gopher tortoise burrows. In case you didn’t know, gopher tortoise burrows are home to hundreds of other animals. Their status as endangered directly...
This year, in honor of #WorldTurtleDay, we asked herpetologists, biologists, rescues, and rehabbers, to tell us what they wish more people knew about Turtles and Tortoises. Starting today we’ll be sharing a few responses a day! Let’s learn more about the animals we love from people who have devoted their lives to protecting them. Biologist...
Turtle fact 1: In some species of turtle the temperature where the eggs are laid determines if the egg will develop into a male or female, lower temperatures lead to a male while higher temperatures lead to a female.
Turtle fact 2: Turtles are awesome.
Both these facts are true! HAPPY#WorldTurtleDay !!!
That is her very favorite Woot sweatshirt! (and mine too cause its soft and I like to try and get in the hood sometimes). It’s called the ‘epic begins!’ and even though we don’t know the artist we know he or she has the #turtpocalypse in their soul.
Happy (day after) Hatchday wafflesworld!!!!!! We celebrated your awesomeness yesterday with noms and Zoya wore her birthday cupcake hat (you have to cross your eyes to make it look like two candles ok? ok)
Even though she’s an only-tort, Zoya likes to think of you as her BIG little brother 😀 (and mangomusings &Kirbythewhimsyturtle !!) She hopes that’s ok with you and says that she’ll always be a good sister (and partner in shenanigans) and won’t steal your noms cause she can’t get to them through the computer screen! Win Win!!
Mental_Floss answers the question: Why are tortoises slow??
A well put answer to this question. I would probably add that ‘slow’ is relative. In relation to the other animals in their native habitat, tortoises are definitely slow movers. In relation to what people assume “tortoise speed” might be? Tortoises tend to be much faster than you’d think. Size matters. Smaller torts can go faster (for the reasons described in the video). When Zoya and I go for a walk? She can book it. Don’t turn your head cause they can get into trouble and out of reach in no time.
This is the person that was freaking out about their seemingly lethargic tort. I thought you should know that I guess I was wrong and just paranoid, and that it must have just been the time of year and yucky weather we’d been having, because he is much more active now. In fact, the past few days he’s been nothing but wound-up!
WOOT! So glad to hear it! Can’t tell you how many times I’ve had that same panic moment only to realize it was a seasonal/weather/off day issue… Generally proven when I find Zoya climbing something ridiculous and looking at me for a reaction and/or noms ha!