greenkitephoto:

This guy is pushing 70+ years old.



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Taking Care of Tortoise

carnegiemuseumnaturalhistory:

by Mallory Vopal

Carnegie Museum of Natural History houses a living collection
of animals that serve as important educational ambassadors in many of our programs.   Our Russian tortoise Natasha is part of this
collection. She lives in the lobby of the Earth Theater where she is frequently
seen watching visitors, climbing up on top of her log “house,” and digging in
the coconut substrate in her enclosure.
All of this activity causes her to work up an appetite, and the Lifelong
Learning staff at the museum are tasked with making sure she gets the best diet
possible.  

We go shopping for her food about twice a month and buy
different types of greens to give her a well varied and nutritious meal.   This week, I purchased kale, endive,
radicchio, and red leaf lettuce.  We
prepare her meals for the whole week at once and store them for when we are
ready to feed her.   Before serving, a
little sprinkle of a special reptile calcium supplement is added to make sure
she stays healthy and strong.  Purple radicchio
is her absolute favorite, and she sifts through her food to find it first!


Mallory Vopal is
Gallery Experience Manager at Carnegie Museum of Natural History and also
manages the Living Collection.  Her animal husbandry background includes
reptiles, birds, amphibians, mammals, and invertebrates.

hee hee thats what I do with my radicchio too! we torts are high end!