Following up on that kitty-and-tortoise gif…. This is what happened when my cat Willow discovered my tortoise Higgins.

FYI to fans of tortoises: don’t keep them in aquarium tanks. They’re too small, not well ventilated, and torts don’t understand glass.

A proper tortoise hab needs to be about 10sl x 5sl. SL is “shell length.” If your tortoise has a shell 6” long, the hab needs to be 60”x30” – and most tortoises get CONSIDERABLY LARGER than 6 inches.

notice how kitty knows to move outta the way when higgins returned heee

Tortoise’s think 3D Printing is Cool Too! 

We know that pyramiding is an indicator of a diet with far too much protein, insufficient UVB, and overall poor husbandry over a long period of time. But what about how it affects a tortoise’s ability to maintain itself physically, ability to right itself if turned over, or to encounter another animal/structure/tortoise without harm to its shell? Well, Cleopatra the leopard tortoise has shown us what can happen in these scenarios. 

After being rescued from a neglectful home, with severe pyramiding, her new home exposed the problems that can occur despite being provided with the proper diet and lighting.Interacting with other tortoises left her with a shell rubbed through, like open wounds in places.

With the help of some smart, caring, people and the magic of the 3D printer, Cleopatra was given a prosthetic shell! Designed by a student at Colorado Technical University, the shell will allow her to heal from these wounds, and recover from over time. it will hopefully allow her the ability to grow a strong shell like her new friends. 

Sources and further reading:

Huffington post article piece