rambosaysso:

tort-time:

rambosaysso:

It’s our 2 year Irwinversary today.

Irwin doesn’t have a birthday and I don’t know his hatchday… but it was the 1st of Jan two years ago that I adopted him.

He’s about roughly 4-5 years old now I reckon but when I got him he was about 3 months away from dying.

He had Severe MBD and multiple leg bone fractures. He was as soft as a squeaky toy and his shell would flex as he struggled to breathe.

He couldnt walk properly or lift his shell off the ground, and for the first 6 weeks I had him he dragged his back legs behind him while he kinda swam with his front legs. I used to have to sink his food bowl right into the substrate so it was level because he couldn’t climb over the ‘lip’ to reach his food.

I spent 8 months syringe feeding him liquid calcium before he stopped being at risk of just dropping dead.

I had to learn a lot about reptiles and fast.

And I’m still learning.

But my God, what a rewarding two years it’s been. Who could have known how important this little creme brulee booger would become to me??.

He is fascinating,determined, weird, adorable and funny!. (And now that tortoise puberty has hit he is also a bit gross at times).

The trust he shows me blows my mind and my endlessly thankful he came into my life.

Reptiles are hard work, don’t ever be fooled into thinking they’re an easy pet just because they’re quiet.

They need specialist lighting and supliments, specific heating and humidity. I have found myself growing weeds in windowsill pots and worrying about the dangers of pesticides or pollution. Searching tirelessly for the first and last Dandelions of the season. I have had full blown panic attacks over poops…or lack thereof. Sometimes even now if he is sound asleep, basking with his little neck lolling to the side a sudden fear grips me and I have to gently blow on him to see him twitch so I know he’s alive.

And Christ…I haven’t even attempted hibernation yet.

We will see what comes. But I am very thankful I get to see it with Irwin

😭😭🙌🙌 ❤️❤️❤️

We are so happy you and Irwin found each other and so thankful to you for sharing him and your journey with all of us!! Happiest Irwinversary!

Honestly, If I had to pick a post that best captured the reality of caring for a tort, it’s this one. The worry, the struggle, the FEAR that always lingers,  the learning, the awe, the joy… it’s every single one of these emotions in a shell made of gratitude and love.  It’s not easy. if you think it is you better stick to pictures on the internet. Nope, not easy but man is it rewarding.

@tort-time here’s a before and after picture!

Look at the difference!! 

Oh, Irwin you found yourself an incredible forever home and a human that would do whatever it takes to make sure you’re happy and healthy. 

Take a look at this shell friends. Having a tortoise is a real commitment. You’ll be rewarded in spades for it but you have to be ready to provide the absolute right care for you shell friend or the outcome can be tragic. 

@rambosaysso you are an incredible example to all shell parents! And man that little face looking at you … Irwin is thankful too. <3 <3

rambosaysso:

tort-time:

rambosaysso:

It’s our 2 year Irwinversary today.

Irwin doesn’t have a birthday and I don’t know his hatchday… but it was the 1st of Jan two years ago that I adopted him.

He’s about roughly 4-5 years old now I reckon but when I got him he was about 3 months away from dying.

He had Severe MBD and multiple leg bone fractures. He was as soft as a squeaky toy and his shell would flex as he struggled to breathe.

He couldnt walk properly or lift his shell off the ground, and for the first 6 weeks I had him he dragged his back legs behind him while he kinda swam with his front legs. I used to have to sink his food bowl right into the substrate so it was level because he couldn’t climb over the ‘lip’ to reach his food.

I spent 8 months syringe feeding him liquid calcium before he stopped being at risk of just dropping dead.

I had to learn a lot about reptiles and fast.

And I’m still learning.

But my God, what a rewarding two years it’s been. Who could have known how important this little creme brulee booger would become to me??.

He is fascinating,determined, weird, adorable and funny!. (And now that tortoise puberty has hit he is also a bit gross at times).

The trust he shows me blows my mind and my endlessly thankful he came into my life.

Reptiles are hard work, don’t ever be fooled into thinking they’re an easy pet just because they’re quiet.

They need specialist lighting and supliments, specific heating and humidity. I have found myself growing weeds in windowsill pots and worrying about the dangers of pesticides or pollution. Searching tirelessly for the first and last Dandelions of the season. I have had full blown panic attacks over poops…or lack thereof. Sometimes even now if he is sound asleep, basking with his little neck lolling to the side a sudden fear grips me and I have to gently blow on him to see him twitch so I know he’s alive.

And Christ…I haven’t even attempted hibernation yet.

We will see what comes. But I am very thankful I get to see it with Irwin

😭😭🙌🙌 ❤️❤️❤️

We are so happy you and Irwin found each other and so thankful to you for sharing him and your journey with all of us!! Happiest Irwinversary!

Honestly, If I had to pick a post that best captured the reality of caring for a tort, it’s this one. The worry, the struggle, the FEAR that always lingers,  the learning, the awe, the joy… it’s every single one of these emotions in a shell made of gratitude and love.  It’s not easy. if you think it is you better stick to pictures on the internet. Nope, not easy but man is it rewarding.

@tort-time here’s a before and after picture!

Look at the difference!! 

Oh, Irwin you found yourself an incredible forever home and a human that would do whatever it takes to make sure you’re happy and healthy. 

Take a look at this shell friends. Having a tortoise is a real commitment. You’ll be rewarded in spades for it but you have to be ready to provide the absolute right care for you shell friend or the outcome can be tragic. 

@rambosaysso you are an incredible example to all shell parents! And man that little face looking at you … Irwin is thankful too. <3 <3

Friends! Have you seen the adorable pancake tortoises  @courtnashe  has shared with us? Well, she has created an incredibly well-researched care sheet for those looking to care for Pancake tortoises!

Pancake Tortoise Care Sheet  http://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/pancake-care-sheet.159222/

Finding a quality care sheet based on well-researched information and experience is vital to raising a happy and healthy tort. Check this care sheet out and share it with anyone caring for or looking to care for pancake tortoises!

In related news: 

We are starting a master list of quality care sheets! There’s an incredible amount of bad information out there on how to care for turtles and torts and sadly that information seems to be what’s most accessible and most frequently put in the hands of first-time owners.  So, let’s band together and create a place where you can find quality care sheets on as many species of turtles and tortoises as possible!  

If you know of a quality, thorough, and well-researched care sheet for a particular species of turtle or tortoise send them along! We’re trying to verify the quality of information of everything we put on the list so all input is helpful. If you’re interested in helping out with this project, please message as well!

Dad-of-one spends FIVE HOURS a day taking his pet tortoise Maximus for a walk… but his top speed is just 1mph 

(Source The Dailymail.co.uk)

Headline should really be: Owner of Maximus the 4 year old Sulcata, expemplifies real commitment to raising his shell friend to be happy and healthy. 

Rob has had Maximus since he was a hatchling, able to fit in his hand. Now at 4 years old and about 27 pounds, the duo go for 5 hour walks every day to ensure maximus gets quality sunlight (much stronger than any suplemental light we can have indoors) and vital to his proper growth.  

According to the article, “Chunky Maximus eats about 33 kilograms of lettuce every week and weighs 12 kilograms as his regime keeps him fit and strong.” Thats a little over 72 pounds a week! BTW, Daily Mail, he doesn’t look too chunky to me he seems just about right. 

The lifespan of a sulcata tortoise is about 120 years, if provided proper care.

“Rob will be hoping that Maximus’ celebrity status stays with him in future because despite Maximus’s popularity with family members, they will not be the ones who inherit him.

Rob said: ‘When I go he’ll have at least two thirds of his life to go – my family love him to bits but there’s no way I’d leave him with them.

‘I’d be hoping to get him into a zoo or sanctuary – somewhere where there’s plenty of salad to get stuck in to.’”

Check out more pictures, the rest of the article, and some footage of Rob and Maximus on the go at  The Dailymail.co.uk

Dad-of-one spends FIVE HOURS a day taking his pet tortoise Maximus for a walk… but his top speed is just 1mph 

(Source The Dailymail.co.uk)

Headline should really be: Owner of Maximus the 4 year old Sulcata, expemplifies real commitment to raising his shell friend to be happy and healthy. 

Rob has had Maximus since he was a hatchling, able to fit in his hand. Now at 4 years old and about 27 pounds, the duo go for 5 hour walks every day to ensure maximus gets quality sunlight (much stronger than any suplemental light we can have indoors) and vital to his proper growth.  

According to the article, “Chunky Maximus eats about 33 kilograms of lettuce every week and weighs 12 kilograms as his regime keeps him fit and strong.” Thats a little over 72 pounds a week! BTW, Daily Mail, he doesn’t look too chunky to me he seems just about right. 

The lifespan of a sulcata tortoise is about 120 years, if provided proper care.

“Rob will be hoping that Maximus’ celebrity status stays with him in future because despite Maximus’s popularity with family members, they will not be the ones who inherit him.

Rob said: ‘When I go he’ll have at least two thirds of his life to go – my family love him to bits but there’s no way I’d leave him with them.

‘I’d be hoping to get him into a zoo or sanctuary – somewhere where there’s plenty of salad to get stuck in to.’”

Check out more pictures, the rest of the article, and some footage of Rob and Maximus on the go at  The Dailymail.co.uk

wildliferoo:

Needs more water…. 

-sits down and patiently waits to get yelled at for pointing this out-

No yelling here. I give you 

we need the turtle peeps with turtle knowledge to chim in too! Good care saves lives! And those three got it goin’ on. Their long faces always get me. 

Size does mater in reptile care.. and so does volume 🙂

PLEASE RESCUE THIS TORT! Anyone in the Anaheim/So Cal area that knows the proper care of tortoises please rescue this little guy and give him the proper diet and light and care he needs. So tragic the shape he is in. Don’t let him go to someone that will put him in a cage with no light and just pellets. (via Free Turtle!)