partyongarthh:

As I was getting ready earlier (cleaning toward the mirror to do my eyeliner as you do) Wiggles decided to weave between my feet and sit there like the little awkward shelled turd he is. #tortoise #wiggles #cptwiggles

Anonymous:

How do I send pics to you? I want to show you pics of my torti that I’ve names He/she Octavio.

Hey Anon! YAY! we LOVE submissions! You can submit pictures and stories through the submission link on the main page! 

Or here: SUBMIT

If any of our non tumblr based friends would like to submit, you can send an email to Tort.time@gmail.com with SUBMISSION in the subject line 🙂 

Semi related, I’ve been pretty sick lately so I’m a bit behind on asks. Zoya promises she’s gonna help me catch up this week and she’s been practicing her typing all week so more to come. 

Thanks again for the ask! Can’t wait to see Octavio! 

More research telling us what we already knew: Tortoises have great memories and problem solving skills! 

(source: Derbytelegraph.co.uk)

No surprise to those of us who cater to the needs of our own shell friends, results of a recent study show that tortoises have good memories. Findings went beyond just ‘good memory’ but found that tortoises (Greek tortoises in this case) have the ability to remember and apply the knowledge acquired later, in problem solving situations.  

University of Derby Zoology graduate Alexandra Glavaschi, and lecturer in vertebrate biology Nel Beaumont, designed an experiment to explore the cognitive processes of Greek tortoises. They tested the tortoises ability to differentiate between shapes and use this knowledge to escape from a cardboard box.   

“A number of wild Greek tortoises were placed in a box with four exits, each with a different shape on it and only one of which opened.

Each tortoise was tested ten times and the time it took them to escape was significantly reduced by the last trial. The results suggest that the tortoises used the shapes as cues, enabling them to escape more quickly each time.”

The rapidly growing, body of research surrounding behavior and cognition of tortoises is raising awareness of the intelligence of these awesome creatures that some silly humans call “pet rocks”. 

More research telling us what we already knew: Tortoises have great memories and problem solving skills! 

(source: Derbytelegraph.co.uk)

No surprise to those of us who cater to the needs of our own shell friends, results of a recent study show that tortoises have good memories. Findings went beyond just ‘good memory’ but found that tortoises (Greek tortoises in this case) have the ability to remember and apply the knowledge acquired later, in problem solving situations.  

University of Derby Zoology graduate Alexandra Glavaschi, and lecturer in vertebrate biology Nel Beaumont, designed an experiment to explore the cognitive processes of Greek tortoises. They tested the tortoises ability to differentiate between shapes and use this knowledge to escape from a cardboard box.   

“A number of wild Greek tortoises were placed in a box with four exits, each with a different shape on it and only one of which opened.

Each tortoise was tested ten times and the time it took them to escape was significantly reduced by the last trial. The results suggest that the tortoises used the shapes as cues, enabling them to escape more quickly each time.”

The rapidly growing, body of research surrounding behavior and cognition of tortoises is raising awareness of the intelligence of these awesome creatures that some silly humans call “pet rocks”. 

Notice for Sulcata owners

turtlespartyhard:

One of my dear followers cared enough to share some information i thought everyone should know 

“Hey, I noticed a lot of sulcata owners feeding their torts fruits and other “human” foods like lettuce and all. Just thought I’d warn you that sulcatas really aren’t supposed to eat those sort of things, and should be fed a grass based diet, with supplements of dandelion and a few other edible weeds. You can occasionally feed them pumpkin and dark leafy greens, but other foods can be too sugary or too high in protein for them. Source:http://www.sulcata-station.org/diet.html

thank you for sharing your knowledge. i always encourage people to do their own research as well and decide on your own or in accordance with an exotic vet’s advice.  

This is VERY IMPORTANT stuff folks! Check it out. Diets vary among our shelled friends, but its a pretty sure bet that sugary foods are kept to a minimum if at all. Zoya gets an apple slice once a year. Apples have pectin which is a good thing but the sugar is far too high. It is a once a year treat on her birthday. 🙂

Also agree do your own research! find reputable sources and always consult an exotic vet. Healthy herping to all! 

aozuki:

I own two piglets…. Cactus pads are their favorite treat as you can tell hahaha

hee hee oh yes, I’ve got myself a piglet as well. Those cactus pads are the best, like giving them candy but actually healthy for them! I need to find some without the spines like yours.. Had my share of owwww moments

unusualoptimist:

Mine mine mine mine!! Brstl doesn’t joke around about her flowers. #marigolds #brstl #thisisbrstl #brstltheturtle #cute #turtle #tortoise #sulcata #sulcatatortoise #jaws #chomp #noms #fatty #roidaily #turtlesofinstagram #flowers

“MIIIIIINNNNEEE”

you just wait till she’s bigger.. its gonna get a lot harder to win that war 😀