critters2go:

🎈HAPPY 🎉 GOTCHA 🎁 DAY 🎂, BRATANIK! 🐢 🇷🇺 💚

I love scrolling through Instagram to see everyone’s awesome lives, but I realize I rarely ever post my own, other than the occasional coloring page or pet’s birthday… and today is no exception! Ha!

12 years ago this week, I adopted this little dude into my family and have never regretted it for a second. He had a rough start, due to the fact that his previous home kept him pretty terribly (wrong cage, wrong diet, etc) and then literally dropped him off in a shoebox outside Petco before it even opened on a chilly autumn morning, but after much due homework (already had my #turtle, Tortuga, but Bratanik was my first #tortoise) he proved to be a fighter (in the nicest sense of the word… He’s tough, but also still has THE best temperament ever and is just a sweetheart to the many, many children he helped teach over the years.) but became and remains healthy, hardy… and just plain a-Dork-able!

Since Brat was 40ish when I brought him home (and Russians are a pretty small species as Turtles and Tortoises go), I don’t take as many “Oh look how fun he’s grown!” type pics as I do with his cousin, Tortuga, so I just picked a fun Halloweenish one from back when we taught at #ThanksgivingPoint. It also just suits him, because feeding him his salads and watching him patiently “Nom Nom Nom” away under his sun lamp really does make me feel like I am raising a miniature dinosaur. He is such a good boy, and probably the only “baby” I will have that is older than me!

So, yeah. Happy #GotchaDay, #MyShellBaby! Many (many MANY… Potentially 100+ years, dude!) happy returns from your #HuMom and all your #CritterSibs (Sparks McGee 🐶, Cali 🐱 , Tortuga 🐢, Juno B. Prynne 🦎, and all the other bugs 🦋🐌🐛, fish🐠🐡🐟, Fosters 🕊️, and “Wildings” 🦌 that share my life!)

#rescuepetsofinstagram #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #fosterpets #petparent #RussianTortoise #herpstagram #ReptileMom #adoptdontshop #iliketurtles #CritterKids #Shellbabies #RescueAPet #TheyllRescueYouToo #2ndHand1stInYourHeart (at Orem, Utah)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B3rEs-GBxWp/?igshid=75n2pni8g7c6

HAPPIEST GOTCHA DAY!!!!

gigayak:

There is a saying in Japanese, “虎穴に入らずんば虎子を得ず。- koketsu ni irazunba koji wo ezu

This means ‘If you do not enter the tiger’s cave, you will not catch its cub’ i.e. nothing ventured nothing gained.
This turtle who I call Michaelangelo (because he’s a party dude) is imbued with this spirit. Look at him.
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#hiroshima #japanesegarden #turtle #turtlepower #turtlelover #wanderlust #travelgram #instatravel #japan #nippon #instagood #japan_of_insta #animallover #animals #beautiful #love #nature #natural #natureporn #animalphotography #animals #animals_captures #animalsofinsta #ファッション #ファインダー越しの私の世界 #写真好きな人と繋がりたい #インスタ映え #いいね返し #かわいい #可愛い (at Hiroshima Prefecture)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B3ddMrLlDIp/?igshid=17ty2j5cmqkwg

jhara-ivez:

Inktober day 2!!!

Short explanation:
I had a turtle back in Spain, she still lives with my family. And holy hell, small turtle-breeds are one of the most mindless creatures on earth. They don’t even notice when their stomach is full, they just continue eating. Also falling down from high rocks? Trying to dig through rocks even though there is earth and sand right next to them?
Yes, they are adorable. But if they hadn’t their shell I swear they’d be extinct already.

typhlonectes:

Can desert tortoises and solar arrays co-exist?
   

One solar energy facility in southern Nevada is helping to answer that question

Large scale solar energy facilities provide relatively clean energy
and create jobs and access to electricity in rural communities. However,
substantial tracts of land are typically needed to capture the sun’s
energy, and the environmental footprint of such projects can be
considerable.

Continued development of solar facilities on previously undisturbed
land could threaten natural ecosystems through habitat loss and
fragmentation, leading to reduced biodiversity and ecosystem resilience.

Similar to other eco-regions characterized by harsh environmental
conditions, the Mojave is considered a hotspot for threatened and
endangered species. The Mojave Desert tortoise, for example, has been
listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act since 1990…

Read more: https://www.fws.gov/cno/newsroom/highlights/2019/solar_panels_and_tortoises/