valentyn-the-mad:

my favorite screencap from the video of torts eating pumpkin

look how happy that tort is omfg  <3

Hope you are all basking in this sorta ‘post Halloween’ glory or continuing to celebrate (if you’re going all weekend long.) 

A friendly remember that, just like candy in humans, too much pumpkin can results in tortie tummy aches and… uh …some loose stool to put it mildly. ( but darn it tastes so good) 😀

turtleconservancy:

This Chaco Tortoise (Chelonoidis chilensis) is ready for its close up! In 2008 the Turtle Conservancy traveled to Argentina and Uruguay to document the ecology, status, and distribution of this vulnerable species. You can see the full film at: http://www.turtleconservancy.org/videos/

electricsed:

Is there a tortoise community on tumblr sort of like the betta community, where I could find helpful guides from experienced tortoise parents? I find such conflicting and often very obviously incorrect info on some “professional” sites (I check their betta pages first, if they list bowls as okay then I can’t believe anything else they say), and I know there are a lot of people on here who are very dedicated to doing right by their pets.

I’d say yes, there is a good group of tortoise owners/ folks that work with them (and turltes as well) that share their experiences here on tumblr and also answer questions. We here at Tort-time  (Zoya pants the russian tortoise and I ) try our best to post good info and answer questions, as well as share cute pictures and silly stuff. Here are a few great tortoise owners/informative tumblrs off the top of my head wafflesworld thewhimsyturtle tortoise-adventures  turtleconservancy tortoiseblog to name a few. Not on tumblr but Tortaddiction is a great blog. 

It is tough with all the crappy information out there.. but I think theres a great group of tortoise owners (and turtle owners) who are dedicated to their shell friends and learning and making sure they get the best care possible.  

(by Lauren Tjaden )

A special joy comes from seeing an animal return to the wild, unfettered by walls or tanks, free to pursue its destiny.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium understands and embraces that joy. In fact, its mission is both brilliant and simple: rescue, rehab and release.

If you need a smile, or just a reminder that good things do happen, take a peek at this video of Weezer. This Green sea turtle was found in early February of 2014 in Ponce Inlet after he was caught with two hooks, which were removed by a fisherman. Besides those wounds, Weezer suffered from fibropapilloma virus tumors on his flippers and body.

The Aquarium nursed him back to health, and on Sept. 3, 2014, Weezer was returned to the emerald-hued waters of the Gulf. Watch him swim to freedom!

( via  visitflorida.com )

Lessons from The Tortoise People – Psychology Today 

Here is another article discussing new behavior and emotions in tortoises. There has been an influx of research on this topic lately and I hope people are paying attention. 

There’s also been too many news reports and posts about tortoise abuse lately. I’m not sure if it’s on the rise or if the recent body of research on behavior and cognition (or the new teenage mutant ninja turtle movie) has made it more news worthy.

 One of the goals I had with this blog was to collect and share owners experiences. Obviously, I want to promote proper care, but I also started this blog because It seemed that the lack of acknowledgment of these animals as feeling (and not in the projecting human emotions way but in the living breathing feeling way we see other pets and animals) has made them easier pray to humanity. There’s enough animals abuse and abandonment to hear about the more traditional pets… dogs and cats… but giving people the idea that tortoises and turtles are just rocks in the road? Sure makes it easier to not care much about em when your driving, building, or when it gets too big and you don’t want it in your house anymore. There’s not as much disdain for actions like that.. and I’m not sure why. I bet all of you, shell parents and/or friends of.. can testify that these guys have personalities, reactions, intelligence, and feeling. They aren’t just something to toss aside or run over. Most wouldn’t do that to a dog or a cat, turtles and tortoises are equally alive and deserving of respect. 

I know I am preaching to the choir here, but while reviewing some news articles today about some new cases of abuse, then seeing this article here, I had to rant a bit. In the last year alone, the amount of research that has come out showing the cognitive ability of our shell friends is incredible.  Its stuff we owners already know, but stuff that has been ignored academically (and thus in many peoples perceptions) since before Darwin. its crazy! It took me less than a 5min with Zoya to know that she was probably smarter than me. haha.

SO! After that long rant, check out this post from Psychology Today ‘s blog about tortoises, humans, and emotions. 

Lessons from The Tortoise People – Psychology Today 

Here is another article discussing new behavior and emotions in tortoises. There has been an influx of research on this topic lately and I hope people are paying attention. 

There’s also been too many news reports and posts about tortoise abuse lately. I’m not sure if it’s on the rise or if the recent body of research on behavior and cognition (or the new teenage mutant ninja turtle movie) has made it more news worthy.

 One of the goals I had with this blog was to collect and share owners experiences. Obviously, I want to promote proper care, but I also started this blog because It seemed that the lack of acknowledgment of these animals as feeling (and not in the projecting human emotions way but in the living breathing feeling way we see other pets and animals) has made them easier pray to humanity. There’s enough animals abuse and abandonment to hear about the more traditional pets… dogs and cats… but giving people the idea that tortoises and turtles are just rocks in the road? Sure makes it easier to not care much about em when your driving, building, or when it gets too big and you don’t want it in your house anymore. There’s not as much disdain for actions like that.. and I’m not sure why. I bet all of you, shell parents and/or friends of.. can testify that these guys have personalities, reactions, intelligence, and feeling. They aren’t just something to toss aside or run over. Most wouldn’t do that to a dog or a cat, turtles and tortoises are equally alive and deserving of respect. 

I know I am preaching to the choir here, but while reviewing some news articles today about some new cases of abuse, then seeing this article here, I had to rant a bit. In the last year alone, the amount of research that has come out showing the cognitive ability of our shell friends is incredible.  Its stuff we owners already know, but stuff that has been ignored academically (and thus in many peoples perceptions) since before Darwin. its crazy! It took me less than a 5min with Zoya to know that she was probably smarter than me. haha.

SO! After that long rant, check out this post from Psychology Today ‘s blog about tortoises, humans, and emotions. 

turtleconservancy:

A Pancake Tortoise (Malacochersus tornieri) practicing its rock climbing skills. This small agile species has a soft shell that allows it to wedge itself in the cracks of rocky outcroppings. Unfortunately it is being uplisted to Critically Endangered by the IUCN due to habitat destruction and the pet trade.

It’s that time of year when the leaves fall off the trees, the dandelions start to disappear, and the questions about hibernation, winter care, and seasonal behavior changes, start dancing in our heads. 

While hibernation is a controversial topic amongst tortoise care takers, knowing the risks and benefits, and understanding of how climate changes affect our torts, is vital to proper care.

Here is a snippet of From the articleTortoises: Hibernation Versus Over Wintering by Exotics Vet. Sean McCormack. It is a MUST READ for every tortoise owner. Whether you’re considering hibernation or just wondering how the process works, I can promise you will learn some important information on how to better care for your tortoise. 

Tortoises: Hibernation Versus Over Wintering

What is hibernation and is my tortoise ready?

Hibernation is a natural process occurring in wild Mediterranean tortoises but can be a risky period for the health of your pet, and must be undertaken with great care. In order to remain in good health during hibernation, and indeed to emerge in a healthy state in Spring, your tortoise must be in good enough body condition with enough fat and energy reserves to survive the dormant period over the winter months. It also must be very well hydrated before entering hibernation so that it has enough water reserves to maintain metabolic functions whilst asleep. If a tortoise is underweight or poorly hydrated entering hibernation, it may not wake up in Spring or if it does, it may be severely dehydrated and succumb to a number of conditions and illnesses on emergence from hibernation as discussed previously in our blog:

http://www.richmondvets.co.uk/wakey-wakey-rise-and-shine-for-tortoises/

My tortoise has never had a problem hibernating, why would it now?

Unfortunately, the poor summers we now experience with wetter weather and lower temperatures do not lend themselves to maintaining our pet tortoises outdoors successfully year-round. Mediterranean tortoise species need a long warm summer feeding on nutritious foods in order to build up enough reserves to last through hibernation. When we have wet, cold summers this stockpiling effect is not achieved as tortoise metabolism and appetite is much reduced in such weather. Because of this we often see post hibernation problems in tortoises with severely debilitated immunity in Spring, as well as in a catabolic or emaciated state suffering from anorexia on emergence. These cases often need aggressive veterinary treatment, including fitting of an oesophagostomy or feeding tube into the side of the neck. With careful planning and preparation, we can minimise the risk of these post-hibernation problems occurring. In the same way the springs we are having are often very cold and wet at precisely the time our tortoises are waking from hibernation and need warmth to kick start their metabolism back into action after their winter rest.

READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE! 

zookeeperrick:

One of my favorite interviews I did today at the @SanDiegoZoo… A slow one, but still my favorite.
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