thewhimsyturtle:

Happy Earth Day, friends!

We are all very lucky we live on such a beautiful planet. But if we kick it around too much, we will all end up flailing on our backs!

Kirby knows! (this should be the title of your coffee table book Kirby!!)

thewhimsyturtle:

Happy Earth Day, friends!

We are all very lucky we live on such a beautiful planet. But if we kick it around too much, we will all end up flailing on our backs!

Kirby knows! (this should be the title of your coffee table book Kirby!!)

thewhimsyturtle:

Happy Earth Day, friends!

We are all very lucky we live on such a beautiful planet. But if we kick it around too much, we will all end up flailing on our backs!

Kirby knows! (this should be the title of your coffee table book Kirby!!)

thewhimsyturtle:

Happy Earth Day, friends!

We are all very lucky we live on such a beautiful planet. But if we kick it around too much, we will all end up flailing on our backs!

Kirby knows! (this should be the title of your coffee table book Kirby!!)

thewhimsyturtle:

Happy Earth Day, friends!

We are all very lucky we live on such a beautiful planet. But if we kick it around too much, we will all end up flailing on our backs!

Kirby knows! (this should be the title of your coffee table book Kirby!!)

thewhimsyturtle:

Happy Earth Day, friends!

We are all very lucky we live on such a beautiful planet. But if we kick it around too much, we will all end up flailing on our backs!

Kirby knows! (this should be the title of your coffee table book Kirby!!)

thewhimsyturtle:

Happy Earth Day, friends!

We are all very lucky we live on such a beautiful planet. But if we kick it around too much, we will all end up flailing on our backs!

Kirby knows! (this should be the title of your coffee table book Kirby!!)

thewhimsyturtle:

Happy Earth Day, friends!

We are all very lucky we live on such a beautiful planet. But if we kick it around too much, we will all end up flailing on our backs!

Kirby knows! (this should be the title of your coffee table book Kirby!!)

thewhimsyturtle:

Happy Earth Day, friends!

We are all very lucky we live on such a beautiful planet. But if we kick it around too much, we will all end up flailing on our backs!

Kirby knows! (this should be the title of your coffee table book Kirby!!)

thewhimsyturtle:

Happy Earth Day, friends!

We are all very lucky we live on such a beautiful planet. But if we kick it around too much, we will all end up flailing on our backs!

Kirby knows! (this should be the title of your coffee table book Kirby!!)

Pyramiding in Tortoises

anotherpartofme6:

The carapace of the shell of a tortoise should be smooth, however sometimes the scutes can build up on the form of small pyramids. This can cause problems for the tortoise including difficulty for females to mate.

This can happen for a number of reasons. Diet is extremely important when looking after any animal, and too much protein in a tortoise’s diet can increase the risk of pyramiding, as well as an imbalance of calcium and phosphorus in its body. Humidity is also liked with pyramiding.

To avoid pyramiding in your tortoise, ensure a varied and balanced diet, and maintain good humidity levels for the species you have.

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adding one EXTREMELY IMPORTANT thing here:

getting a good amount of UVB, through natural sunlight or fresh UVB bulbs with the proper strength. This is VITAL to calcium metabolism and shell growth.  

sleepypixie:

hey! I have a russian tortoise and I am going to have a small bird soon, I was wondering if you know if it is safe to keep them in the same room? I’m having trouble finding out via google search.

Hey! Congrats on your growing animal family 🙂

I’m assuming they’ll have separate enclosures? If that’s the case I don’t see too much opportunity for trouble to be made when they’re both in their individual secure spaces. 

The problems come in when the bird is out of its enclosure and able to fly around, roam free. You’ve got a heat lamp that can burn, be knocked over and hurt your tortoise, and even start a fire. That’s the *biggest* issue I can forsee.  Well that and your bird trying to get a ride out of the tortoise taxi and earning a side eye 🙂 I’d bet you won’t get more than an annoyed side eye from your Russian. The new bird isn’t a nom and isn’t something recognizable as nom related, so clearly tortie has better things to think about 😉  

I did some searching before responding to you as I’m not a bird expert (or any expert really), and I did read a bit about the potential for a bird to pick up bacteria (that are are carried by tortoises but not an issue for them) and falling ill. Nothing that gave any cited info just a couple people mentioning it. Definitely something to think about before letting them interact at all. 

So, now comes the time where I’ve babbled far beyond my limited knowledge and ask kindly if anyone else has any thoughts??

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turtlefeed:

Hey followers? Please take a moment and vote for Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre (KTTC) in Shell’s FuellingChange contest. They do their best to help Canada’s turtles, and $100,000 can save a lot of shelled lives. They’re very close to the number 1 spot, so why not give them a hand?

And reblog, ‘cause every person this reaches counts. 

Vote here: http://fuellingchange.com/main/project/424/From-the-Road——To-Recovery-Turtle-Conservation-In-Action

Picture from kawarthaturtle.org.

Listen to turtlefeed !! Go Vote and help Kwatha Turtle Trauma Center gain funds to keep saving shell lives. Look at that smile? How can you ignore it? Vote. The turtles and tortoises need you! 

IMPORTANT – Turtle Survival Alliance needs your vote to get a much needed truck for their new conservation center!  They are in today’s running for toyota’s 100 cars for good contest.

Visit this link https://apps.facebook.com/carsforgood   And choose Turtle Survival Alliance as one of your votes! 

Do it now! Its a 1 day vote so don’t wait! Spread the word! 

Why TSA needs a new Truck?

TSA staff and volunteers are hard at work at our new Turtle Survival Center (TSC) in South Carolina. In just six months, the team has moved 20 tons of sand, 30 tons of gravel, 60 tons of soil and built more than 6,300 square feet of enclosures – that’s a lot of heavy lifting! One of the critical needs at the TSC is a truck to help transport dirt, construction materials, people and even turtles. Turtles? Yes, turtles! Did you know that turtles and tortoises have quietly become the most endangered group of vertebrates in the world, with more than half of all species threatened with extinction? This is why we established the Turtle Survival Center and are working hard to transform it into a world-class turtle breeding facility. Our goal is to help prevent the extinction of animals that have very little chance of surviving in the wild due to poaching, habitat loss and other threats. To reach that goal, we need a truck!

Visit The TSA Facebook Page

About The Contest

Starting October 1 through November 19, it’s the voters’ turn to do their own good deed by voting for their favorite organizations and causes. All voters have to do is log in to their Facebook profile and use the 100 Cars for Good app to vote for the two organizations they want to support that day. Each afternoon, the previous day’s winners are announced and a fresh batch of five finalist organizations will be ready to compete for votes. Vote every day, because each vote counts and each day brings another two cars to deserving organizations.

DO IT! VOTE NOW! 

IMPORTANT – Turtle Survival Alliance needs your vote to get a much needed truck for their new conservation center!  They are in today’s running for toyota’s 100 cars for good contest.

Visit this link https://apps.facebook.com/carsforgood   And choose Turtle Survival Alliance as one of your votes! 

Do it now! Its a 1 day vote so don’t wait! Spread the word! 

Why TSA needs a new Truck?

TSA staff and volunteers are hard at work at our new Turtle Survival Center (TSC) in South Carolina. In just six months, the team has moved 20 tons of sand, 30 tons of gravel, 60 tons of soil and built more than 6,300 square feet of enclosures – that’s a lot of heavy lifting! One of the critical needs at the TSC is a truck to help transport dirt, construction materials, people and even turtles. Turtles? Yes, turtles! Did you know that turtles and tortoises have quietly become the most endangered group of vertebrates in the world, with more than half of all species threatened with extinction? This is why we established the Turtle Survival Center and are working hard to transform it into a world-class turtle breeding facility. Our goal is to help prevent the extinction of animals that have very little chance of surviving in the wild due to poaching, habitat loss and other threats. To reach that goal, we need a truck!

Visit The TSA Facebook Page

About The Contest

Starting October 1 through November 19, it’s the voters’ turn to do their own good deed by voting for their favorite organizations and causes. All voters have to do is log in to their Facebook profile and use the 100 Cars for Good app to vote for the two organizations they want to support that day. Each afternoon, the previous day’s winners are announced and a fresh batch of five finalist organizations will be ready to compete for votes. Vote every day, because each vote counts and each day brings another two cars to deserving organizations.

DO IT! VOTE NOW! 

IMPORTANT – Turtle Survival Alliance needs your vote to get a much needed truck for their new conservation center!  They are in today’s running for toyota’s 100 cars for good contest.

Visit this link https://apps.facebook.com/carsforgood   And choose Turtle Survival Alliance as one of your votes! 

Do it now! Its a 1 day vote so don’t wait! Spread the word! 

Why TSA needs a new Truck?

TSA staff and volunteers are hard at work at our new Turtle Survival Center (TSC) in South Carolina. In just six months, the team has moved 20 tons of sand, 30 tons of gravel, 60 tons of soil and built more than 6,300 square feet of enclosures – that’s a lot of heavy lifting! One of the critical needs at the TSC is a truck to help transport dirt, construction materials, people and even turtles. Turtles? Yes, turtles! Did you know that turtles and tortoises have quietly become the most endangered group of vertebrates in the world, with more than half of all species threatened with extinction? This is why we established the Turtle Survival Center and are working hard to transform it into a world-class turtle breeding facility. Our goal is to help prevent the extinction of animals that have very little chance of surviving in the wild due to poaching, habitat loss and other threats. To reach that goal, we need a truck!

Visit The TSA Facebook Page

About The Contest

Starting October 1 through November 19, it’s the voters’ turn to do their own good deed by voting for their favorite organizations and causes. All voters have to do is log in to their Facebook profile and use the 100 Cars for Good app to vote for the two organizations they want to support that day. Each afternoon, the previous day’s winners are announced and a fresh batch of five finalist organizations will be ready to compete for votes. Vote every day, because each vote counts and each day brings another two cars to deserving organizations.

DO IT! VOTE NOW! 

IMPORTANT – Turtle Survival Alliance needs your vote to get a much needed truck for their new conservation center!  They are in today’s running for toyota’s 100 cars for good contest.

Visit this link https://apps.facebook.com/carsforgood   And choose Turtle Survival Alliance as one of your votes! 

Do it now! Its a 1 day vote so don’t wait! Spread the word! 

Why TSA needs a new Truck?

TSA staff and volunteers are hard at work at our new Turtle Survival Center (TSC) in South Carolina. In just six months, the team has moved 20 tons of sand, 30 tons of gravel, 60 tons of soil and built more than 6,300 square feet of enclosures – that’s a lot of heavy lifting! One of the critical needs at the TSC is a truck to help transport dirt, construction materials, people and even turtles. Turtles? Yes, turtles! Did you know that turtles and tortoises have quietly become the most endangered group of vertebrates in the world, with more than half of all species threatened with extinction? This is why we established the Turtle Survival Center and are working hard to transform it into a world-class turtle breeding facility. Our goal is to help prevent the extinction of animals that have very little chance of surviving in the wild due to poaching, habitat loss and other threats. To reach that goal, we need a truck!

Visit The TSA Facebook Page

About The Contest

Starting October 1 through November 19, it’s the voters’ turn to do their own good deed by voting for their favorite organizations and causes. All voters have to do is log in to their Facebook profile and use the 100 Cars for Good app to vote for the two organizations they want to support that day. Each afternoon, the previous day’s winners are announced and a fresh batch of five finalist organizations will be ready to compete for votes. Vote every day, because each vote counts and each day brings another two cars to deserving organizations.

DO IT! VOTE NOW! 

darkcuddles:

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As far as names go, what does he look like to you? 

He’s male, almost fully grown (age unknown), about 10 inches long and 4-5 inches tall, and has green and brown eyes. He has a “scar” on his shell that looks like he got it as a hatchling; the rings on his shell have grown around it. Fun fact: He’s the fastest thing ever. He won’t sit still for long enough for me to take a good picture of him. He likes to eat a few blades of grass, then wander around and find a new place to eat, repeat process. He seems to enjoy digging, and has already dug two shallow holes under the bush and in his burrow. I brought him home from the Phoenix Herpetological Society on September 14th, 2013. 

You should call him Blade Runner!  Blade for short! awesome on many levels 😀

darkcuddles:

image

As far as names go, what does he look like to you? 

He’s male, almost fully grown (age unknown), about 10 inches long and 4-5 inches tall, and has green and brown eyes. He has a “scar” on his shell that looks like he got it as a hatchling; the rings on his shell have grown around it. Fun fact: He’s the fastest thing ever. He won’t sit still for long enough for me to take a good picture of him. He likes to eat a few blades of grass, then wander around and find a new place to eat, repeat process. He seems to enjoy digging, and has already dug two shallow holes under the bush and in his burrow. I brought him home from the Phoenix Herpetological Society on September 14th, 2013. 

You should call him Blade Runner!  Blade for short! awesome on many levels 😀