This made me laugh. Silly human is quickly learning whose in charge. Especially when noms are involved. 🙂 You get that garden tortie! 

A picky tortoise has the anemone in his sights: A reader has been struggling to find acceptable foodstuffs for his newly-adopted tortoise

(Source: Telegraph.co.uk

SIR – Recently I have had visited upon me a small Moroccan tortoise by a lovely granddaughter whose interest in animals has now turned to kittens.

However, we are struggling to find food it will accept: for Toastie (the tortoise) will eat nothing but anemone leaves.

I have read much about the tortoise diet, and have gone about gathering the most juicy of dandelions, from which he always retreats as if they were poison.

I have also tried nasturtiums, marigolds and other edible flower leaves, to no avail.

In desperation I obtained a “total holistic dietary food of dandelion flavour”, but when offered it he closed one eye before turning away as if to say, “You must be joking”. My once-proud anemones have been reduced to a row of bare stalks.

Zoya is playing along with this #WorldCup Semi Final!  ¡Vamos Argentina!  

(Thanks for the heads up anon!)

Fun fact: Zoya’s grandma was born in Buenos Aires and had an argentine tortoise from age 5-21. Her name was Colita and stories of her awesomeness were passed down from grandma, to humom, to Zoya pants.

This is a great list! Check it out.. you know.. when you can stop staring at this awesome gif. 

addybhasin01:

Tortoises Eating Flower

Here are all the flowers, weeds, and common household/garden plants that are good for tortoises:
— Hibiscus
— calendula (marigolds)
— roses (petals, leaves, and hips)
— Bachelor buttons (flowers only)
— clover
— dandelion
— mallows
— yellow ice
— sedum (except “biting stonecrop” which is toxic)
— prickly pear cactus (pads and fruit)
— plantain (NOT the banana-like fruit but the low-growing weed)
— chia
— Bermuda grass
— Timothy hay
— hostas
— wild strawberries (the tiny wild ones are sugar free and can be fed regularly, but the big ones you get from the supermarket that we eat are no good for them. The strawberry plant is good for them also)
— cucumber
— bell peppers (plant and flowers only)
— raspberries, blackberries, and currants (plant and flowers only, no fruit)
— creeping phlox
— day lilies (flowers)
— nasturtiums
— donkeygrass
— Lamium (dead nettle)
— chickweed
— chicory
— California poppy
— yarrow
— hollyhock
— Lady’s mantle
— aloe vera
— shepherd’s purse
— thistle
— English daisy
— purple loosestrife
— sweet potato (leaves)
— Mulberry (leaves)
— petunia
— grapes (leaves)
— field pansy
— fig (leaves)
— herbs, such as rosemary, oregano, and sage
— squash and pumpkins (the germinating shoots are toxic, but once they have completed germinating and got their second set of leaves the plants are perfectly fine. I even grind up a few raw squash/pumpkin seeds and feed that to them once a year because they are known to kill worms and parasites.)
The list is endless. You might consider joining the tortoise nutrition Yahoo! group. That’s a mailing list that discusses the identification of backyard weeds and what’s safe to feed to tortoises. You might also want to take a look at russiantortoise.org, a website dedicated to Horsfields tortoises.

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This pretty shell baby is in need of quick rehoming as she is moving to no pet housing. Anyone in the greater boston area have room for an RES? See the craigslist post here. Remember, these beauties are a commitment and (as the owner rightfully points out) cannot be ‘released into the wild’ .

RES in need of rehoming

harrythetortoise:

We thought Harry wouldn’t be brave (stupid) enough to try to jump off…. we were wrong….very wrong!!
He sat up there for quite some time and I thought he had seen the error of his ways and was backing up.
No!! He was setting himself up for the perfect take off.
He summersaulted off just seconds later…..

I really think our shells should bring back ‘NO FEAR’ shirts. it just makes sense. 

harrythetortoise:

We thought Harry wouldn’t be brave (stupid) enough to try to jump off…. we were wrong….very wrong!!
He sat up there for quite some time and I thought he had seen the error of his ways and was backing up.
No!! He was setting himself up for the perfect take off.
He summersaulted off just seconds later…..

I really think our shells should bring back ‘NO FEAR’ shirts. it just makes sense. 

harrythetortoise:

We thought Harry wouldn’t be brave (stupid) enough to try to jump off…. we were wrong….very wrong!!
He sat up there for quite some time and I thought he had seen the error of his ways and was backing up.
No!! He was setting himself up for the perfect take off.
He summersaulted off just seconds later…..

I really think our shells should bring back ‘NO FEAR’ shirts. it just makes sense. 

Man, if could just finish Zoya’s baked potato sweater you two would lead some quality covert ops .. at like pubs and stuff. 

Man, if could just finish Zoya’s baked potato sweater you two would lead some quality covert ops .. at like pubs and stuff. 

wholegrainlofat:

Look at that face! How could you tell a child that s/he could decide whether or not to love this animal based on their gender???

For any Tort enthusiasts concerned about this tortoise, Modal was rescued from a bad situation. He is now healthy an happy in Southern California.

Photo by tort-time