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)

Holy crap! you guys!! Look at these incredible baby Egyptian tortoises just unveiled at the Woodland park Zoo in Seattle! They are barely bigger than a thumb nail! Gorgeous! anyone want to buy me a ticket to Seattle so I can report on these little ones live? you know you want to…

Tiny Baby Egyptian Tortoise Up Close (via dahalcon)

What’s the difference between a turtle and a tortoise?

What’s the difference between a turtle and a tortoise?

OUCH! A large African tortoise, named Freddie, nearly died after he dined on a salad of wood screws, staples, shards of glass, stones and a hunk of calk. Those crazy tortoises.But a Glendale animal hospital, The Animal Emergency Center (which calls itself “one of the nation’s first 24-hour emergency and critical care veterinary hospitals”), surgically removed the foreign objects from Freddie’s belly and even gave him a blood transfusion to keep him alive.

Freddie will be featured on a new show on the National Geographic Channel focused on, believe it or not, unusual items gobbled down by pets.

Text and Photo via http://www.milwaukeenewsbuzz.com/?p=344487

Just TRY and tell me you don’t want to snuggle that Komodo Dragon. I think it has a career as a pick pocket.

Video is a follow up to the article on animals and playtime. This is footage collected by Dr. Burghard and fellow researchers looking at Reptiles, Fish, Invertebrates and Play behavior.

Playtime (via TheScientistLLC)