awww I was wondering at first if Zoya was a he and not a she. I think her tail remains female but with torts it takes a long time to find out! Up to 10 years! Crazy. Yoshi is beautiful as a he or a she. <3 <3

Another random fact? Did you know they can store sperm for up to 5 years? crazy! 

ernieitsgonnabeabumpyride:

YOSHI IS NO LONGER A HE FOR HE IS A SHE.

We thought that our Yoshi was a boy, but ‘his’ tail is too short… YOSHI IS A GIRL

I want to add that I thought this all along but she was too young for us to know for sure.

Tortoise Blog: Thieves dig up hibernating tortoises

Tortoise Blog: Thieves dig up hibernating tortoises

This video shows us what happens when turtles and tortoises have improper care. 

It was created by a turt/tort mailing list member a while back. Its difficult to watch but makes an incredibly important point about caring for our shelled friends. Its vital to do as much research as possible on our little ones and the proper care for their particular breeds. Its also important to spread as much knowledge as possible about the appropriate care to others. There is a ton of miss information out there (especially at pet stores.. but thats a rant for a different day) so it doesn’t hurt to pass along the info we owners have. This video is a sad reminder of what happens far too often when people don’t realize what they are getting into/what is required to care for our turtle and tortoise friends. 

On a personal Note: 

When Zoya first came into my life, I had no idea how to care for a tortoise. I had a small tank, some pamphlets I found at the pet store and some rabbit pellets for substrate. Also had a small UVB lamp and a small basking lamp. I set it up and hoped I was giving her the best housing possible. Well, after falling instantly in love with her, and being a researcher at the time, I wanted to know everything there was to know about tortoises. I read a million websites with lots of conflicting information, joined some message boards specific to Russian tortoises and turtles and torts in general, and two fantastic Yahoo mailing lists (that I recommend to everyone caring for a tortoises or turtle). 

It quickly became clear that I was doing it ALL WRONG. A glass tank isn’t the best for Russian tortoises (and most tortoises really) as they don’t get enough air flow and its hard to keep the proper temperature and humidity gradients. Torties are incredibly smart but they still can’t comprehend the idea of glass and will ram into the sides trying to get out not understanding why the air is hard. Lots of UVB is vital to their growth and metabolizing of calcium. They won’t develop properly without it. A UVB/Heat combo light is 1000 times better than a little UVB lamp and basking light (though this depends on your set up in some ways) having a ton more UVB and making it easier to keep a good gradient of 95 degrees at basking spot and 75 degrees in cool areas.. Pellets aren’t a good substrate since they’ll eat them and it leads to bowel issues and grows mold. Coconut Coir (comes in bricks or bags) is the best substrate and its cheaper and easier to keep moist, mixed with some play sand its perfect. 

There is a lot more where this came from. The “Tort Tools” link on the Tort-time site (or click here!) has a list of resources I found invaluable to making sure Zoya has the best care possible. Check them out! 

On this #reptileappreciationday I finished making Zoya her new castle. I think its pretty nice!

She is snuggled up in there in a pile of hay right now.

So lets all take a second and appreciate our reptiles. Turtles, tortoises, frogs, snakes, Lizards, and all. We, your humans, love you very much. Thanks for being so much fun to care for and to show off to the our always awed friends and neighbors. 

 Chinese farmer has dug up a potato shaped like a tortoise in his field! Its the first sign of the #Turtpocalips! 

Ma Xiuling, 64, found a tortoise-shaped potato while digging up vegetables in his field near Longshan village in Yanji, north-east China’s Liaoning Province. 

The unusual potato, which is about the size of a two-week-old puppy, has four similarly sized round ‘feet’, a ‘body’ and a ‘head’.  

And if that didn’t make it lifelike enough, there are even two small indentations on the head, resembling a pair of eyes.  

Mr Xiuling said the potato originally also had a tail, but it snapped off when he dug it out of the ground. 

The potato has gained plenty of local attention, with neighbors in his village coming to see the peculiar tuberous crop.

‘Neighbours all feel surprised when seeing the weird-shaped potato,’ Mr Xiuling said

Source: http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/878503-chinese-farmer-becomes-minor-celebrity-after-digging-up-tortoise-shaped-potato#ixzz1anMc1MTS

Zoya’s first close up! The camera loves her. See how she’s looking all cute and sweet for the camera (before later pooping on mommy and trying to take down some of the North End’s Petunias). She’s prime political material.