Wisdom From The Experts Pt 4 & 5 Two Turtle and Tort experts, two related pieces of wisdom to share about turtle and tortoise anatomy! Lori Neuman-Lee, PhD (@CheloniaGirl ), prof at Utah State University, says – “I wish people knew that turtles can’t come out of their shells…because their shells are part of their...
Words of Wisdom from the Experts Pt 3- “I wish people knew how smart turtles are. They learn quickly where their food comes from; if from a human then they learn that specific person” Is what Michelle Kelly (@MichelleKellyCW), public speaker about Reptiles and amphibians, wishes more people knew about turtles and tortoises. Those of...
Words of wisdom from the experts pt 2 Check out this INCREDIBLE photo by Amanda Hipps, @biophilamanda, one of the experts who responded to our #worldturtleday question. Amanda studies the animals that live in gopher tortoise burrows. In case you didn’t know, gopher tortoise burrows are home to hundreds of other animals. Their status as endangered directly...
This year, in honor of #WorldTurtleDay, we asked herpetologists, biologists, rescues, and rehabbers, to tell us what they wish more people knew about Turtles and Tortoises. Starting today we’ll be sharing a few responses a day! Let’s learn more about the animals we love from people who have devoted their lives to protecting them. Biologist...
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!
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. 🙂
(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
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