charmelon replied to your post: “courtnashe reblogged your photo: Please do not let…”:


honestly the simple fact is that a reptile doesn’t make friends or crave company, but it DOES stand the risk of getting poked with a claw that’s coated in dangerous gram-negative bacteria. The only reason to expose a tortoise to a cat is “I think it looks cute,” which is all about your wants and not at all about the animal’s benefit

honestly the simple fact is that a reptile doesn’t make friends or crave company, but it DOES stand the risk of getting poked with a claw that’s coated in dangerous gram-negative bacteria. The only reason to expose a tortoise to a cat is “I think it looks cute,” which is all about your wants and not at all about the animal’s benefit

This is the truth. We use ‘friends’ loosely and it wasn’t appropriate in this case. you’re right. I am more referring to the ability to coexist where a cat is not interested in an enclosure, trying to find any way to approach the warmth of a lamp etc when living situations are such that the two coexist. Its not ideal but there are circumstances (like when I got sick and we had no place to live and ended up in the office of a friend till we were able to find our own place) where other animals are around. Cutting the curiosity (in my case) was key to stopping any attempt to enter the room and investigate. housemates, much like the skunks that live under my porch. I don’t invite them in or pet them or feed them (though my landlord has bad habits ugh) but I refer to them as my housemates cause they are always there. haha.

What @charmelon is saying is the absolute truth and very important. The safety of our reptiles must be our number one priority, just as we have to ensure they have the properly husbandry and diet. It’s our commitment to them. 

HUMOM IS HOME!!! YAY!!!!!

uh. I mean. oh.  you’re back. cool I guess. 

We’re back!!  We’ll be resuming our multiple posts a day, responding to asks/messages in our usual ‘slowly but surely’ fashion!  

Human happened to meet two shell friends on her trip and is excited about sharing (she says they’re not even close to being as cute as me.. but who is??). She also said something about catching me causing trouble with her spy cam? I dunno what she’s talking about. 

(nobody said anything about the party right?) 

courtnashe reblogged your photo:

Please do not let your cats or dogs near your…

Please do not let your cats or dogs near your reptiles, supervised or not, the risk is there and it is dangerous.

This is a very good point. I’ve known cats (and even some dogs) that cohabitant with shell friends peacefully and safely. Zoya’s cousin, chairman meow, became quit good friends with her (after a lot of very careful, supervised introduction and time. They also did not hang out together regularly. Just on occasion).

That said, it can be very dangerous. In fact, Dogs who are given rawhide as treats can not differentiate the smell of rawide and a tortoise shell. This can be incredibly dangerous and end in the loss of a family member. Always supervise and air on the side of safety! And remember, what seems sweet can stress your tortoise out and that’s no good either.

turtleturbine-blog:

“When you find each other on diverging paths and you’re forced to take a new road, alone and dazed… let your own light be your guide, with confidence as your map and make yourself the destination. Don’t be a hitchhiker on someone else’s path, just to fight the pangs of loneliness. If you keep yourself as the true north, you will always find more people’s paths merging with your own, and some will stay right beside you, even when the terrain gets rough, through thick and thin.” -J.Patterson

Everyone needs a tortoise in their life. I would be no where without Gunther. He just reminds me life isnt that bad, and to take it one step at a time…. And to eat your veggies