wafflesworld:

After yesterday’s hatchday excitement, I didn’t expect that today would be just as exciting! Mom brought us a package from the mail from friend Zoya and her humom. We read the card first, such a nice letter! There was a present inside for each of us that I determined wasn’t a hibiscus after trying to eat the paper. Mom helped unwrap and we were both excited to see that we both were given handmade superhero capes! They’re a bit big but I’m sure I’ll fit mine by the end of the month. Mom told us that we can use them for our tuck in blankets at night until we get bigger! Yay! Now we can have superhero dreams! There was also some stickers, a pin for mom’s collection in her car, and some chocolate for mom too. Thank you so much Zoya and humom! We love you too!

YAY!! You got them!!

WOW humom totally messed up those sizes! Don’t worry we’ll make ya some smaller ones! They are good blankets tho, Humom has one she puts a heat pack in when we travel. 

You probably smelled the hibiscus flowers from Florida. We were visiting when humom sent the package. There were so many outside. I wanted to send you some too, but humom said they don’t taste good when mailed and that no one could nom them cause they were probably sprayed with icky stuff that’s bad for us.  She’s no fun.  

wafflesworld:

After yesterday’s hatchday excitement, I didn’t expect that today would be just as exciting! Mom brought us a package from the mail from friend Zoya and her humom. We read the card first, such a nice letter! There was a present inside for each of us that I determined wasn’t a hibiscus after trying to eat the paper. Mom helped unwrap and we were both excited to see that we both were given handmade superhero capes! They’re a bit big but I’m sure I’ll fit mine by the end of the month. Mom told us that we can use them for our tuck in blankets at night until we get bigger! Yay! Now we can have superhero dreams! There was also some stickers, a pin for mom’s collection in her car, and some chocolate for mom too. Thank you so much Zoya and humom! We love you too!

YAY!! You got them!!

WOW humom totally messed up those sizes! Don’t worry we’ll make ya some smaller ones! They are good blankets tho, Humom has one she puts a heat pack in when we travel. 

You probably smelled the hibiscus flowers from Florida. We were visiting when humom sent the package. There were so many outside. I wanted to send you some too, but humom said they don’t taste good when mailed and that no one could nom them cause they were probably sprayed with icky stuff that’s bad for us.  She’s no fun.  

wafflesworld:

After yesterday’s hatchday excitement, I didn’t expect that today would be just as exciting! Mom brought us a package from the mail from friend Zoya and her humom. We read the card first, such a nice letter! There was a present inside for each of us that I determined wasn’t a hibiscus after trying to eat the paper. Mom helped unwrap and we were both excited to see that we both were given handmade superhero capes! They’re a bit big but I’m sure I’ll fit mine by the end of the month. Mom told us that we can use them for our tuck in blankets at night until we get bigger! Yay! Now we can have superhero dreams! There was also some stickers, a pin for mom’s collection in her car, and some chocolate for mom too. Thank you so much Zoya and humom! We love you too!

YAY!! You got them!!

WOW humom totally messed up those sizes! Don’t worry we’ll make ya some smaller ones! They are good blankets tho, Humom has one she puts a heat pack in when we travel. 

You probably smelled the hibiscus flowers from Florida. We were visiting when humom sent the package. There were so many outside. I wanted to send you some too, but humom said they don’t taste good when mailed and that no one could nom them cause they were probably sprayed with icky stuff that’s bad for us.  She’s no fun.  

wafflesworld:

After yesterday’s hatchday excitement, I didn’t expect that today would be just as exciting! Mom brought us a package from the mail from friend Zoya and her humom. We read the card first, such a nice letter! There was a present inside for each of us that I determined wasn’t a hibiscus after trying to eat the paper. Mom helped unwrap and we were both excited to see that we both were given handmade superhero capes! They’re a bit big but I’m sure I’ll fit mine by the end of the month. Mom told us that we can use them for our tuck in blankets at night until we get bigger! Yay! Now we can have superhero dreams! There was also some stickers, a pin for mom’s collection in her car, and some chocolate for mom too. Thank you so much Zoya and humom! We love you too!

YAY!! You got them!!

WOW humom totally messed up those sizes! Don’t worry we’ll make ya some smaller ones! They are good blankets tho, Humom has one she puts a heat pack in when we travel. 

You probably smelled the hibiscus flowers from Florida. We were visiting when humom sent the package. There were so many outside. I wanted to send you some too, but humom said they don’t taste good when mailed and that no one could nom them cause they were probably sprayed with icky stuff that’s bad for us.  She’s no fun.  

wafflesworld:

After yesterday’s hatchday excitement, I didn’t expect that today would be just as exciting! Mom brought us a package from the mail from friend Zoya and her humom. We read the card first, such a nice letter! There was a present inside for each of us that I determined wasn’t a hibiscus after trying to eat the paper. Mom helped unwrap and we were both excited to see that we both were given handmade superhero capes! They’re a bit big but I’m sure I’ll fit mine by the end of the month. Mom told us that we can use them for our tuck in blankets at night until we get bigger! Yay! Now we can have superhero dreams! There was also some stickers, a pin for mom’s collection in her car, and some chocolate for mom too. Thank you so much Zoya and humom! We love you too!

YAY!! You got them!!

WOW humom totally messed up those sizes! Don’t worry we’ll make ya some smaller ones! They are good blankets tho, Humom has one she puts a heat pack in when we travel. 

You probably smelled the hibiscus flowers from Florida. We were visiting when humom sent the package. There were so many outside. I wanted to send you some too, but humom said they don’t taste good when mailed and that no one could nom them cause they were probably sprayed with icky stuff that’s bad for us.  She’s no fun.  

wafflesworld:

After yesterday’s hatchday excitement, I didn’t expect that today would be just as exciting! Mom brought us a package from the mail from friend Zoya and her humom. We read the card first, such a nice letter! There was a present inside for each of us that I determined wasn’t a hibiscus after trying to eat the paper. Mom helped unwrap and we were both excited to see that we both were given handmade superhero capes! They’re a bit big but I’m sure I’ll fit mine by the end of the month. Mom told us that we can use them for our tuck in blankets at night until we get bigger! Yay! Now we can have superhero dreams! There was also some stickers, a pin for mom’s collection in her car, and some chocolate for mom too. Thank you so much Zoya and humom! We love you too!

YAY!! You got them!!

WOW humom totally messed up those sizes! Don’t worry we’ll make ya some smaller ones! They are good blankets tho, Humom has one she puts a heat pack in when we travel. 

You probably smelled the hibiscus flowers from Florida. We were visiting when humom sent the package. There were so many outside. I wanted to send you some too, but humom said they don’t taste good when mailed and that no one could nom them cause they were probably sprayed with icky stuff that’s bad for us.  She’s no fun.  

pardusorientalis:

aspidelaps:

flygex-eatin-on-softies:

tort-time:

Check out the Franky Cam, streaming live from atop the shell of the 17 y/o Sulcata tortoise. You can see the world from Franky’s perspective as he roams Lou’s Pet Shop in Michigan, noming some lettuce, making new friends, and probably causing some trouble (He’s a tortoise duh! ).

(Check it out here!)

The DropCam has many uses: home security, nanny cams, public safety… but frankly we think the Franky Cam is by far the best use of this wireless streaming video technology. 

(From TheNewYorkTimes )

“He gets about 10,000 viewers a month,” said Donnie Cook, the owner of Lou’s Pet Shop in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., where Franky, an easygoing 17-year-old, spends his days transmitting over the Internet a nonstop tortoise-eye view of the world. “We get people from at least 30 states, plus Italy, France.” A family in California has even sent the store $50 to keep Franky in lettuce.

Why is it that whenever I see a popular post about a tortoise they always mention how much lettuce they eat, as if that’s the only thing in their diet.  Look at that horrible pyramiding, and am I wrong in thinking that beak is a bit long, too?  *sigh*  I’d donate money just to get the poor thing OFF lettuce, and onto something more healthy. -_-

Oh my god this is one sorry looking sulcata. 17 years old and THIS is what he looks like?! Disgusting. Sloped shell. pyramiding, overgrown beak, underweight and dehydrated, and they’re strapping a camera on his back and making him walk around on smooth tile like a fucking circus clown.

Lou’s Pet Shop I sincerely hope you go under thanks.

Hey guys I know nothing about tortioses but you guys clearly do – can you at least message the pet shop and give them some advice instead of just bitching somewhere where theyre never gonna see it? Maybe they simply dont know and are ignorant. Please just message them and explain what can be done to help Franky, as they clearly do like him.

Hey guys, I wanted to reblog this so others can see the important discussion Franky Cam has raised about how they’re caring for this sulcata and share some info I have as well. 

I first feel its important to note that he was taken in after someone left him behind, then turned over again after the person that took him in couldn’t deal with his size.  We can’t know if he’s recovering from residual issues or not or what care he’s recieving. Also should note that “lettuce” was the NYT word for what tortoises eat and its not an accurate description of his diet (from what Lou’s pet shop says). The article was about the camera, not just about franky.

That said, he does have some clear Pyramiding issues and signs of dehydration.  Many people are questioning the use of the camera as stressful for him. I can’t give you any solace from a first hand basis. Before posting I noted that he was a rescue and that the camera is not 24/7 or even daily. Its often placed near other animals in the store for, what the store claims, is franky’s saftey. This doesn’t quell concerns I realize, but I want to assure you that it has sparked much debate amongst sulcata owners and caretakers and the store (And franky’s owners) have been contacted regarding his care by multiple people.  Not to say you can’t contact them yourself, just try and keep in mind that yelling is the best way to make people defensive and ignore everything you say. That would only end up hurting Franky. 

Just wanted to make sure you all know these points are definitely not being ignored and that people are doing something. <3s to all of you. 

pardusorientalis:

aspidelaps:

flygex-eatin-on-softies:

tort-time:

Check out the Franky Cam, streaming live from atop the shell of the 17 y/o Sulcata tortoise. You can see the world from Franky’s perspective as he roams Lou’s Pet Shop in Michigan, noming some lettuce, making new friends, and probably causing some trouble (He’s a tortoise duh! ).

(Check it out here!)

The DropCam has many uses: home security, nanny cams, public safety… but frankly we think the Franky Cam is by far the best use of this wireless streaming video technology. 

(From TheNewYorkTimes )

“He gets about 10,000 viewers a month,” said Donnie Cook, the owner of Lou’s Pet Shop in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., where Franky, an easygoing 17-year-old, spends his days transmitting over the Internet a nonstop tortoise-eye view of the world. “We get people from at least 30 states, plus Italy, France.” A family in California has even sent the store $50 to keep Franky in lettuce.

Why is it that whenever I see a popular post about a tortoise they always mention how much lettuce they eat, as if that’s the only thing in their diet.  Look at that horrible pyramiding, and am I wrong in thinking that beak is a bit long, too?  *sigh*  I’d donate money just to get the poor thing OFF lettuce, and onto something more healthy. -_-

Oh my god this is one sorry looking sulcata. 17 years old and THIS is what he looks like?! Disgusting. Sloped shell. pyramiding, overgrown beak, underweight and dehydrated, and they’re strapping a camera on his back and making him walk around on smooth tile like a fucking circus clown.

Lou’s Pet Shop I sincerely hope you go under thanks.

Hey guys I know nothing about tortioses but you guys clearly do – can you at least message the pet shop and give them some advice instead of just bitching somewhere where theyre never gonna see it? Maybe they simply dont know and are ignorant. Please just message them and explain what can be done to help Franky, as they clearly do like him.

Hey guys, I wanted to reblog this so others can see the important discussion Franky Cam has raised about how they’re caring for this sulcata and share some info I have as well. 

I first feel its important to note that he was taken in after someone left him behind, then turned over again after the person that took him in couldn’t deal with his size.  We can’t know if he’s recovering from residual issues or not or what care he’s recieving. Also should note that “lettuce” was the NYT word for what tortoises eat and its not an accurate description of his diet (from what Lou’s pet shop says). The article was about the camera, not just about franky.

That said, he does have some clear Pyramiding issues and signs of dehydration.  Many people are questioning the use of the camera as stressful for him. I can’t give you any solace from a first hand basis. Before posting I noted that he was a rescue and that the camera is not 24/7 or even daily. Its often placed near other animals in the store for, what the store claims, is franky’s saftey. This doesn’t quell concerns I realize, but I want to assure you that it has sparked much debate amongst sulcata owners and caretakers and the store (And franky’s owners) have been contacted regarding his care by multiple people.  Not to say you can’t contact them yourself, just try and keep in mind that yelling is the best way to make people defensive and ignore everything you say. That would only end up hurting Franky. 

Just wanted to make sure you all know these points are definitely not being ignored and that people are doing something. <3s to all of you. 

pardusorientalis:

aspidelaps:

flygex-eatin-on-softies:

tort-time:

Check out the Franky Cam, streaming live from atop the shell of the 17 y/o Sulcata tortoise. You can see the world from Franky’s perspective as he roams Lou’s Pet Shop in Michigan, noming some lettuce, making new friends, and probably causing some trouble (He’s a tortoise duh! ).

(Check it out here!)

The DropCam has many uses: home security, nanny cams, public safety… but frankly we think the Franky Cam is by far the best use of this wireless streaming video technology. 

(From TheNewYorkTimes )

“He gets about 10,000 viewers a month,” said Donnie Cook, the owner of Lou’s Pet Shop in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., where Franky, an easygoing 17-year-old, spends his days transmitting over the Internet a nonstop tortoise-eye view of the world. “We get people from at least 30 states, plus Italy, France.” A family in California has even sent the store $50 to keep Franky in lettuce.

Why is it that whenever I see a popular post about a tortoise they always mention how much lettuce they eat, as if that’s the only thing in their diet.  Look at that horrible pyramiding, and am I wrong in thinking that beak is a bit long, too?  *sigh*  I’d donate money just to get the poor thing OFF lettuce, and onto something more healthy. -_-

Oh my god this is one sorry looking sulcata. 17 years old and THIS is what he looks like?! Disgusting. Sloped shell. pyramiding, overgrown beak, underweight and dehydrated, and they’re strapping a camera on his back and making him walk around on smooth tile like a fucking circus clown.

Lou’s Pet Shop I sincerely hope you go under thanks.

Hey guys I know nothing about tortioses but you guys clearly do – can you at least message the pet shop and give them some advice instead of just bitching somewhere where theyre never gonna see it? Maybe they simply dont know and are ignorant. Please just message them and explain what can be done to help Franky, as they clearly do like him.

Hey guys, I wanted to reblog this so others can see the important discussion Franky Cam has raised about how they’re caring for this sulcata and share some info I have as well. 

I first feel its important to note that he was taken in after someone left him behind, then turned over again after the person that took him in couldn’t deal with his size.  We can’t know if he’s recovering from residual issues or not or what care he’s recieving. Also should note that “lettuce” was the NYT word for what tortoises eat and its not an accurate description of his diet (from what Lou’s pet shop says). The article was about the camera, not just about franky.

That said, he does have some clear Pyramiding issues and signs of dehydration.  Many people are questioning the use of the camera as stressful for him. I can’t give you any solace from a first hand basis. Before posting I noted that he was a rescue and that the camera is not 24/7 or even daily. Its often placed near other animals in the store for, what the store claims, is franky’s saftey. This doesn’t quell concerns I realize, but I want to assure you that it has sparked much debate amongst sulcata owners and caretakers and the store (And franky’s owners) have been contacted regarding his care by multiple people.  Not to say you can’t contact them yourself, just try and keep in mind that yelling is the best way to make people defensive and ignore everything you say. That would only end up hurting Franky. 

Just wanted to make sure you all know these points are definitely not being ignored and that people are doing something. <3s to all of you. 

flancasero:

A’Tuin, my Argentine Tortoise (Chelonoidis chilensis). She will never be as big as her cousins, the Sulcatas, but she doesn’t seem to care 🙂

flancasero:

A’Tuin, my Argentine Tortoise (Chelonoidis chilensis). She will never be as big as her cousins, the Sulcatas, but she doesn’t seem to care 🙂

flancasero:

A’Tuin, my Argentine Tortoise (Chelonoidis chilensis). She will never be as big as her cousins, the Sulcatas, but she doesn’t seem to care 🙂

Anonymous:

I have a three month old baby russian. Is there any way i can determine it’s gender yet? I’ve given it a male name temporarily, but i’d rather know so i can adjust it accordingly 🙂

Hey! Good question. I’m thinking the answer is no, your shell baby is probably too small to tell the difference just yet. From what I’ve read, you can’t really be sure till your tortoise is 5 inches or larger. You might notice some differences before that, but they can still change.  During the growth and maturing process of the early years some of the new growth can define itself differently than what it seems at its initial appearance. That can still happen after 5 inches, but you’re closer to seeing some real defining characteristics at that point. 

Heres some info on  determining the sex of a Russian Tortoise ( Figure you can see how he/she is developing and make the necessary name changes) 

The easiest way to tell the difference in Russian Tortoises is the tail. Females have shorter, stubbier, tails and the underside looks like an asterisk (as described by Russiantortoise.net). Male tortoises have longer tales with a slit like opening on the underside. The males tend to carry the longer tail to the side more often will get a ‘horn’ at the end of its tail when its reaching maturity. 

Other things to note are the ‘anal scutes’. These are the two scutes (the little boxes you see on the shell.. google image search that if you don’t know)  on the plastron (underside shell of the tortoise) that are at the end, where the tail comes out. The U shape tends to be wider for males and smaller for females. Also, Females are generally bigger than males (though I’m guessing you won’t be gauge size differences for quite a few years)

This will all make more sense if you check out my main sources (Links below). These have great pictures of the tail differences, scute differences, size differences etc. 

RussianTortoise.net : Is it a Boy? Or a Girl? 

Chelonia.org: Differentiating Male and Female Testudo horsfieldii (Russian tortoise)  

I also got info from Health Care and Rehabilitation of Turtles and Tortoises – by Amanda Ebenhack (A GREAT BOOK for anyone interested  .. tons of great info with visuals). 

Hope this helps! Whats your tortie’s name? <3 

tortoise-adventures:

Phoebe and George have been contemplating new years resolutions, and decided to try and communicate more with their shelled (and other animal/human) friends. They figured they’d start by sending out hatch day cards to any of their friends 😀 Phoebe and George do not have a hatch date or even an accurate age so they have a ‘rescue anniversary’ – March 28th, where their estimated ages of 10 (P) and 7 (G) go up a year 😀 

If anyone would like a hatch/birth/purchase/rescue anniversary card then just send us a message and we’ll try to send one out on time 🙂 

Hey Phoebe & George!! Zoya has been working on a similar resolution (along with her other two… dominate the world and find new ways to get humom to bring more noms). She also has a rescue date, Sept. 20th. We’re adding your rescue-versary to our calendar! <3 

tortoise-adventures:

Phoebe and George have been contemplating new years resolutions, and decided to try and communicate more with their shelled (and other animal/human) friends. They figured they’d start by sending out hatch day cards to any of their friends 😀 Phoebe and George do not have a hatch date or even an accurate age so they have a ‘rescue anniversary’ – March 28th, where their estimated ages of 10 (P) and 7 (G) go up a year 😀 

If anyone would like a hatch/birth/purchase/rescue anniversary card then just send us a message and we’ll try to send one out on time 🙂 

Hey Phoebe & George!! Zoya has been working on a similar resolution (along with her other two… dominate the world and find new ways to get humom to bring more noms). She also has a rescue date, Sept. 20th. We’re adding your rescue-versary to our calendar! <3