babyrosepetal:

“Tortoises are boring! They don’t show affection like other animals do!” 

This is what I was told by several people upon getting Sheldon over a year ago. Since then, I’ve discovered that’s simply not true.

When I go over to his table in the morning and talk to him, he turns his head to to my voice and he’ll come stomping over to the side of the table I’m standing at and stretch out his neck to see me. 

When I handle him, he’ll come out of his shell to look around, and sometimes let me gently pet the top of his head with my fingertip, but with a stranger he’ll hide tightly in his shell until they put him down. 

When he hears me on my laptop at night, he’ll scratch and scratch at the corner of his table closest to my bed, practically standing upright like a baby in a crib, until I take him out and make him a nest in my blanket for him, which he promptly falls asleep in. Bonus points if it’s on a hot water bottle.

When he was a very tiny baby he used to fall asleep on my chest or my tummy, because of my warmth. 

He also lets me hand feed him now with no problems at all. 

But yeah, tortoises have no personality or feelings, and no way to recognise their owners. Just you keep thinking that.

wolfeyluvr:

I see tortoises all the time but this was at park near my house instead of the urban research area. A huge difference struck me today- where are the burrows? I couldn’t find one.

I grew to appreciate how densily populated our research area is. See they live in a residential area where development hit a hault a couple years ago. So… ¼ of the lots in the area are abandoned while the rest have houses on them. The tortoises are abundant, I mean they’re kinda everywhere. But it’s certianly not natural eh? They’re living on top of each other basically. Its over crowded. How long will they last? They look like they’re thriving right? Yet this is an animal that lives 60 years and doesnt reach reproduction age till 10 years. So thats the motivation behind our work really. Are they doing alright?

An incredibly thoughtful post. It’s true and hurts the heart to think that they are dwindling in any way and how many ways their lives as (as a species) have changed even while so many think “oh well I see a bunch so they’re fine”. I imagine it hurts to be one of the 300 creatures that their burrows provide shelter for as well.

neatandpetite:

old-ish photos of my tortoise

she’s hibernating right now and I miss her  ;〜;

neatandpetite:

old-ish photos of my tortoise

she’s hibernating right now and I miss her  ;〜;