If you’re spending time outside this weekend in the North East make sure to keep an eye out for Wood Turtles (Glyptemys insculpta)! Wood Turtles are a beautiful and charismatic species classified as Endangered by the IUCN. They have suffered greatly from habitat loss and degradation, as well as collection for the illegal pet trade. When encountering a wild turtle it is best to leave them alone and allow them to get to their destination safely. Happy Friday!


Okay I love your page! And potato too! well anyways, I wanted to ask what’s the best blog to go to about tortoises? If you would know anything or have and recommendations pleasee tell me! Thank youu💕


Aaaaah thank you haha.

I love mangomusings and wafflesworld but they’re not really information oriented blogs. I’m actually not sure of any tortoise oriented blogs other than those two!

I mean I can help with specific questions and scrounge up care sheets but writing general care would take too long. Followers?

Yes! Waffles and Mango! and thewhimsyturtle too 🙂 We try to post info here but the human is silly slow these days and we’ve mostly been sharing our awesome shell friends and what not. We have been working on care videos tho!!  And if your questions aren’t immediate, humom does lots of research when she can. 🙂 


gave turtel a gentle algae scrub 

(the city gets its water from the manmade lake around here, which is a cesspool of dead fish and various pond scums, so the algae struggle is real here) 

advice if you too have Algae Shell:

  • it is not painful for the turt so don’t be afraid
  • get a sponge (not the loofah or scrubber variety, soft yellow dollar store kind), towel/face cloth you don’t mind getting hecka grungy, and/or a very soft-bristled toothbrush
  • get some water of a good mild temp
  • don’t stick ‘em directly in the bathtub because A) that might have soap/shampoo/hair dye/etc residue they will not care for B) they might get spooked and clang and clunk all over the place and it’s fun for nobody
  • remember that though it is hard, the shell is a tender living part of the creature you have sworn to watch o’er
  • if they have any scutes (shell plates) starting to come loose, be VERY VERY GENTLE. never ever rip a partially-lifted scute off.
  • scrub delicately and tenderly
  • if u scrub the butt part of the shell sometimes they might do a wiggly dance



quality entertainment (via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVtGpOY9-vc)

This kale sucks! I tried it from every angle.. whatever humans. #BrunchIsFor2LeggedPeople

reblogging to add: I generally assume we can separate cute videos on the internet from reality, but just in case: Don’t feed your tortoise pancakes. They aren’t good for them. Videos of mashed potato eating torts? thats banana. Enjoy the cute and stick with a healthy tortie diet 🙂 KTHX