Check out the Franky Cam, streaming live from atop the shell of the 17 y/o Sulcata tortoise. You can see the world from Franky’s perspective as he roams Lou’s Pet Shop in Michigan, noming some lettuce, making new friends, and probably causing some trouble (He’s a tortoise duh! ).

(Check it out here!)

The DropCam has many uses: home security, nanny cams, public safety… but frankly we think the Franky Cam is by far the best use of this wireless streaming video technology. 

(From TheNewYorkTimes )

“He gets about 10,000 viewers a month,” said Donnie Cook, the owner of Lou’s Pet Shop in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., where Franky, an easygoing 17-year-old, spends his days transmitting over the Internet a nonstop tortoise-eye view of the world. “We get people from at least 30 states, plus Italy, France.” A family in California has even sent the store $50 to keep Franky in lettuce.

Check out the Franky Cam, streaming live from atop the shell of the 17 y/o Sulcata tortoise. You can see the world from Franky’s perspective as he roams Lou’s Pet Shop in Michigan, noming some lettuce, making new friends, and probably causing some trouble (He’s a tortoise duh! ).

(Check it out here!)

The DropCam has many uses: home security, nanny cams, public safety… but frankly we think the Franky Cam is by far the best use of this wireless streaming video technology. 

(From TheNewYorkTimes )

“He gets about 10,000 viewers a month,” said Donnie Cook, the owner of Lou’s Pet Shop in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., where Franky, an easygoing 17-year-old, spends his days transmitting over the Internet a nonstop tortoise-eye view of the world. “We get people from at least 30 states, plus Italy, France.” A family in California has even sent the store $50 to keep Franky in lettuce.

Check out the Franky Cam, streaming live from atop the shell of the 17 y/o Sulcata tortoise. You can see the world from Franky’s perspective as he roams Lou’s Pet Shop in Michigan, noming some lettuce, making new friends, and probably causing some trouble (He’s a tortoise duh! ).

(Check it out here!)

The DropCam has many uses: home security, nanny cams, public safety… but frankly we think the Franky Cam is by far the best use of this wireless streaming video technology. 

(From TheNewYorkTimes )

“He gets about 10,000 viewers a month,” said Donnie Cook, the owner of Lou’s Pet Shop in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., where Franky, an easygoing 17-year-old, spends his days transmitting over the Internet a nonstop tortoise-eye view of the world. “We get people from at least 30 states, plus Italy, France.” A family in California has even sent the store $50 to keep Franky in lettuce.

shufflegirldicey:

I’d been so worried about Stotle because of this cold, I had a heating pad but it started to warp so i got rid of it, now all i have is a heating light (which i now know is bad to have on at night because it can exaust him!) So I have the space heater propped up on the outside of his home, so the warm air can get in there. is this okay? it’s a lot less cold in his tank, but it’s not hot in there or anything. just keeps it an average temp at night instead of 40 degrees.

Hey!  Long day and not at my best right now, but couldn’t go to bed without sending you a message of some sort. What kinda turtle/tortoise is Stotle ( I think I should know but my brain is failing. SO sorry! ) ??

The space heaters come with the general risk of leaving them on at night. You’re not supposed to because its a fire hazard. That said I’ve been having the same issue.  When temps here are in the teens and single digits. I have added a heater myself for night temps and keep the warm mist humidifier running.  Keep in mind that these dry everything out really quickly. It means more soaks for tortoises (Sorry Zoya but bath time is better than dehydration!) & generally means keep a keen eye on your shell baby and make sure the daytime temps meet the requirements as does the amount of UVB they receive during the day.  Not that you shouldn’t do this always, but extra detailed care is needed when you can’t be sure of the environment on an hour to hour basis. 

Its no joke that having a space heater going through the night is dangerous. I don’t sleep well when I do this. I had a friend in undergrad whose house (apt that was a floor of the house but the whole thing) burned down a month before graduation.  I don’t mean to make anyone paranoid but being extra safe while doing what hs to be done is really a hard balance. That whole experience made me (a floridian gone north not even understanding what a gas stove means…so already confused) extra careful and aware of heating and electrical issues in older homes.  That is the sorta thing that only you can decide whats ok or not. I have lived in New England for over 10 years now but winter still leaves me feeling like a Floridian that doesn’t know what she’s doing. 

I hope this makes some sort of sense (cause I’m pretty exhausted).  Send more info about Stotle, and I’ll send more specifics. Your concern alone says you are paying attention, and that’s a good sign IMHO. Species specific info is important when it comes to husbandry and winter care, however, so let us know and we’ll get ya all the info we can ASAP. 

Hang in there and stay warm! Both of you! 😀 

thewhimsyturtle:

Success at long last!

Which way to Zoya‘s?

KIRBY THE SUPER TORTIE, FTW!

Party at Zoya’s Castle! Do you know how to use google maps?

(Don’t worry humom is busy mumbling about how cold it is and hiding under blankets cause gave me all the heating devices. Its toasty warm in here!)

thewhimsyturtle:

Success at long last!

Which way to Zoya‘s?

KIRBY THE SUPER TORTIE, FTW!

Party at Zoya’s Castle! Do you know how to use google maps?

(Don’t worry humom is busy mumbling about how cold it is and hiding under blankets cause gave me all the heating devices. Its toasty warm in here!)

thewhimsyturtle:

Success at long last!

Which way to Zoya‘s?

KIRBY THE SUPER TORTIE, FTW!

Party at Zoya’s Castle! Do you know how to use google maps?

(Don’t worry humom is busy mumbling about how cold it is and hiding under blankets cause gave me all the heating devices. Its toasty warm in here!)

Anonymous:

Do you have any tips on how to keep tortoises warm if the power goes out in the cold? Thanks!!!

Awesome question!

Heres my go-to for power outages (and also if we go to the Vet or somewhere in the winter do this for car rides)

I always make sure I have a good number of ThermaCare heat wraps around the house and with my ‘emergency stuff’ for potential power outages during extreme cold, travel, etc.  I like these because they get warm but not Hot enough to burn and last between 4-10 hours.  You can get them at so many places, Drugstore like CVS, Walgreens, a Target type store, most grocery stores have them with band aids and things like that.They aren’t too expensive either. 

Therma care, and other similar brands, use air activated heating. Thats what you want to go for. Many other products include scents or menthol creams for the “heat” effect, and those are pretty useless when warming a tort and not so good for them either way.

If you have a pet carrier for your tort, you can open up a couple of these heat pads, line the inside of the carrier with them, add a layer of towel to prevent burrowing induced ripping, and put your tortie in there with a few more blankets they can snuggle/burrow in. You don’t want to smother them but keep the carrier semi closed to maintain the heat.

In leu of a pet carrier, I’ve used a small duffle bag (if you have a canvas bag it lets more breathable air in there while keeping in the heat) and essentially done the same. 

I like the L/XL lower back heat pads. They come in a nice cotton covering that can be wrapped around your waist or, in this case, the bottom of the pet carrier insert or a small pillow in the duffel bag. 

This has worked pretty well for keeping Zoya warm in a power outage and warm during travel. It by no means reaches the temperature of any basking spot, it simply maintains a level of warmth that simulates night time temps and will hopefully prevent any illnesses brought on by the cold. 

This is NOT for long term use. In extreme cold, if a power outage is lasting longer than an hour or two, its important that you and your tort head to somewhere with heat and electricity.

I hope this helps!!

Anyone have any other tips??