partyongarthh:

As I was getting ready earlier (cleaning toward the mirror to do my eyeliner as you do) Wiggles decided to weave between my feet and sit there like the little awkward shelled turd he is. #tortoise #wiggles #cptwiggles

Anonymous:

How do I send pics to you? I want to show you pics of my torti that I’ve names He/she Octavio.

Hey Anon! YAY! we LOVE submissions! You can submit pictures and stories through the submission link on the main page! 

Or here: SUBMIT

If any of our non tumblr based friends would like to submit, you can send an email to Tort.time@gmail.com with SUBMISSION in the subject line 🙂 

Semi related, I’ve been pretty sick lately so I’m a bit behind on asks. Zoya promises she’s gonna help me catch up this week and she’s been practicing her typing all week so more to come. 

Thanks again for the ask! Can’t wait to see Octavio! 

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”. 

turtleconservancy:

The Endangered Spiny Turtle (Heosemys spinosa) may look quite prickly when it’s young, but grows out of its defensive spikes as an adult. #TurtleConservancy #turtle #tortoise #conservation #endangered #rare #spiny #cute #red #nofilter