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. 

Koopa the painting Tortoise!! 

Koopa’s art is in such high demand that he actually does custom orders. Seen here, the remarkable reptile has almost finished creating a summer-themed painting requested from an Australian buyer. You might expect an artist like Koopa to take his time, but he’s quite prolific. His pieces hang in 35 of the 50 states.

So I read the saddest story today on my tortoise mailing list. Tortoise twins!  Twin hatchlings, one normal sized & alive and one tiny & deceased, were born to a list member. When torts are born, they hatch with the yolk attached and absorb it for nutrients. Though its sad that one didn’t make it, I am in awe of how small and perfectly formed the little twin is.

In a bizarre attempt to honor the Year of the Rabbit and educate the public, an aquarium in Seoul has hosted a reenactment of Aesop’s classic tale, “The Tortoise and the Hare.

The strange, surprisingly entertaining event in South Korea featured a sea turtle instead of a tortoise and a diver dressed up in what appears to be rabbit pajamas, to play the part of the hare. 

Read More: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/diver-wearing-rabbit-costume-races-a-sea-turtle

Diver Races Sea Turtle (by uzoouk)