hhk9mn:

Name: Olive
Breed: Red Footed
Age: Adult
Gender: Female

Olive is a 5-6 year old Red Footed Tortoise and cute as a button! We believe Olive is a female but gendering tortoises can be difficult until they reach full maturity so female is our best guess. Olive is a wonderful, low key and unique pet. She is being re-homed due to space constraints of her current owner so please keep in mind tortoises require habitats that can accommodate growth and are warm and humid. Olive will be full size in about another 5 years. Olive is house trained, she will not got to the bathroom in her home/habitat so about once or twice a week she is put in a warm bath where she is able to do her business. This means the bedding in her habitat does not need to be changed very often. She eats dark leafy greens and some fruits and for the most part is very easy going. She has visited several pre-school classroom and is a very social tortoise looking to make more friends.

Please contact Molly at hoff.molly@gmail.com if you are interested in adopting Olive.

This turtle is located in Minneapolis, MN.

This is Olive! Olive needs a forever home. 

For anyone considering adopting this, or any other, adorable shell, please do your research! As is mentioned above, but needs to be emphasized, Olive needs space to grow, proper lighting and temperatures, and a diet specific to her species. 

Here’s a good site for Red Foot Tortoise Care!

Spread the word! Here’s hoping Olive finds her forever home soon. That adorable face needs a human to boss around <3 

sofiejude:

I can’t believe how big her majesty is getting! Here Franki is surveying her Kingdom and demanding food! #tortoise #reptile #herpetology #redfoottortoise #redfoot #bigtortoise #dinobaby #mygirl #pretty

What a glorious kingdom you have, Franki! You look incredibly regal. Make sure you get ALL the noms you deserve*! *thats all of the noms ever

williamthegrahamcracker:

Does anyone know how to insulate a Tortoise aquarium? I’ve had my redfoot for at least 5 winters already but I feel like it’s miserable each time. I move if from it’s table to an aquarium because it has more of a lid but when I stick my hand in it still feels about the same as the room. Also, are there any hoods that cover the whole thing without mesh like a fish tank that I can put long bulbs into? I hate the clamp ones and they don’t seem to heat much.

I’m not aquarium savvy. Anyone have any advice?

fyreflysky:

Hamish the Red foot Tortoise appreciates his arse getting scratched.  I didn’t even know Tortoises could feel sensations through their shells to this degree. 

Oh yeah! you’re like a Brookstone at the mall with a free massage chair, but for tortoises 😀

Tortoises learn to use touchscreens & researchers gain insight into how their minds work (pet rock my shell… ) 

The video shows one of the tortoises in action. Read more below or the full article at LiveScience 

(Via LiveScience ) 

Red-footed tortoises are often household pets. If you own one, you may have to share your tablet computer or smartphone with it from now on. With the right training, they can operate touch-screen interfaces. Researchers led by Dr. Anna Wilkinson of the University of Lincoln (UK) created a touch-screen activity that red-footed tortoises were able to understand. 

The tortoises not only mastered the task in exchange for strawberries, but the animals also transferred their knowledge to a real-life setting. “Generally people see reptiles as inert, stupid and unresponsive,” said Anna Wilkinson, one of the study’s lead researchers and a senior lecturer of animal cognition at the University of Lincoln in England. “I would like people to see that there is something much more complex going on.”

The tortoises, which are native to Central and South America, don’t have a hippocampus, an area of the brain associated with learning, memory and spatial navigation, Wilkinson said. Instead, red-footed tortoises may rely on an area of the brain called the medial cortex, an area associated with complex cognitive behavior and decision making in people. To understand how tortoises learn, the researchers tested how the reptiles relied on cues to get around.

Wilkinson’s colleagues at the University of Vienna gave the tortoises treats when the reptiles looked at, approached and then pecked on the screen.

The four red-footed tortoises in the study learned how to use touch screens fairly quickly, Wilkinson said.

“It’s comparable to the speed with which the pigeons and rats do it,” Wilkinson told Live Science. “I’ve trained dogs to use a touch screen and I’d say the tortoises are faster.”

weirouge:

Took my girl outside for some pictures! 

“mine…. oh uh hi….  mine, mine, mine, mine…” 

If you sit on it, you own it. 

weirouge:

Took my girl outside for some pictures! 

“mine…. oh uh hi….  mine, mine, mine, mine…” 

If you sit on it, you own it. 

weirouge:

Took my girl outside for some pictures! 

“mine…. oh uh hi….  mine, mine, mine, mine…” 

If you sit on it, you own it. 

weirouge:

Took my girl outside for some pictures! 

“mine…. oh uh hi….  mine, mine, mine, mine…” 

If you sit on it, you own it. 

weirouge:

Took my girl outside for some pictures! 

“mine…. oh uh hi….  mine, mine, mine, mine…” 

If you sit on it, you own it. 

weirouge:

Took my girl outside for some pictures! 

“mine…. oh uh hi….  mine, mine, mine, mine…” 

If you sit on it, you own it.