isaucie:

My tortoise, the Speaker of the House

Have you prepared your #Turtpocalypse response to the state of the union?

isaucie:

My tortoise, the Speaker of the House

Have you prepared your #Turtpocalypse response to the state of the union?

isaucie:

My tortoise, the Speaker of the House

Have you prepared your #Turtpocalypse response to the state of the union?

isaucie:

My tortoise, the Speaker of the House

Have you prepared your #Turtpocalypse response to the state of the union?

isaucie:

My tortoise, the Speaker of the House

Have you prepared your #Turtpocalypse response to the state of the union?

isaucie:

My tortoise, the Speaker of the House

Have you prepared your #Turtpocalypse response to the state of the union?

isaucie:

My tortoise, the Speaker of the House

Have you prepared your #Turtpocalypse response to the state of the union?

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”. 

zellspatience:

I think we had a fun bath time.

well I guess bath time is ok when there’s a big fluffy towel afterwards.. hmm.. 

zellspatience:

I think we had a fun bath time.

well I guess bath time is ok when there’s a big fluffy towel afterwards.. hmm.. 

zellspatience:

I think we had a fun bath time.

well I guess bath time is ok when there’s a big fluffy towel afterwards.. hmm.. 

zellspatience:

I think we had a fun bath time.

well I guess bath time is ok when there’s a big fluffy towel afterwards.. hmm.. 

zellspatience:

I think we had a fun bath time.

well I guess bath time is ok when there’s a big fluffy towel afterwards.. hmm.. 

asiancowboygaymer:

Feeling down and out? Watch some tortoise hatchlings.

the music is phenomenal by the way.

i don’t own this video.

link

A new treatment for anxiety, depression, life, the monday’s, and pretty much anything else… Tortoise Hatchling Meditation. 

Try it. I guarantee it will work wonders. 

@findiviglio continues his discussion of the Best Pet Tortoises, with a discussion of and introductory care sheet for the Greek Tortoise.   

The Best Pet Tortoise: Golden Greek or Greek Tortoise:

Hello, Frank Indiviglio here.  I do not believe that any tortoise species can be classified as “easy-to-keep”, but several are better-suited as pets than others.  I’ve covered on of these, the Russian Tortoise (Testudo horsfieldi), in an earlier article (read article here).  The Greek Tortoise (T. graeca), while interesting enough for the most seasoned hobbyist, may also be the best pet tortoise, and an ideal choice for first-time keepers.  Topping out at 8 inches in length, captive-bred individuals are readily available.  They are as personable as any of their relatives, and decades of popularity among European keepers has left us with a good understanding of their needs. I’ll summarize these in the following article, and will also draw from my own experiences with this and related species during my long career at the Bronx Zoo.

Read the whole Article! 

After seeing Child Thief on the floor, Ptolmey makes some assumptions about its content. Testing these assumptions with the human shoe, he concludes that ‘Child Thief’ lacks external validity. Shoes are too heavy for child tortoises.  

dearestptolmey:

This is how my room looks on any given day.

Ptolmey adventuring, books and shoes strewn about, trash, gum packets, clothes, Loki paraphernalia. It’s bliss, being me, honestly.

After seeing Child Thief on the floor, Ptolmey makes some assumptions about its content. Testing these assumptions with the human shoe, he concludes that ‘Child Thief’ lacks external validity. Shoes are too heavy for child tortoises.  

dearestptolmey:

This is how my room looks on any given day.

Ptolmey adventuring, books and shoes strewn about, trash, gum packets, clothes, Loki paraphernalia. It’s bliss, being me, honestly.