To all our Shells and humans in the path of Hurricane Mathew…

Please stay safe!

We’re sending good thoughts to all. And let’s also think good thoughts for the threatened Gopher Tortoises whose habitats are in the direct line of the storm. 

the-awkward-turt:

lapillus-the-gargoyle-gecko:

verylittleveterinarian:

I want to recommend this book to everyone who is interested in tortoises. It is an extremely educating book, which is still very easy and nice to read in. It’s brilliant!

@the-awkward-turt, @wheremyscalesslither

I’ll have to check it out! 🙂

I have this book and it’s fantastic! I definitely recommend it. I’d also recommend one other book. This is my go to:

buddha-buddy-the-beardie:

So this is Zuri. She’s a four year old sulcata tortoise that my sister adopted from a rescue. Her previous owners fed her an improper diet and kept her in a terrarium that was so small that she could not turn around. She’s been in rehab for the last couple of months because she doesn’t use her back legs properly. She’s doing much better than she was, but we still have to correct her when she walks and parts of her shell are still soft from her nutritional problems. My sister is extremely patient with her and she’s a really sweet tortoise. I wish that people wouldn’t neglect animals like this though. Because of the things that happened early in her life she’ll never be a completely normal tortoise and will possibly need special care for the rest of her life to address some internal problems.

This is what improper care can do to a tortoise. Please take a look,. Zuri will need special care for the rest of her life. She’s lucky to have found humans committed to caring for her. Too many aren’t that lucky.

zoo-seaslug:

Tonight we said goodbye to Miss Phoebe. She was very old and had been sick for some time. Rest in peace my wonderful shelled friend. You had an excellent life and will be missed. She was a demanding arsehole who bit everyone and everything she possibly could. She ate anything in sight and would bite me if i didn’t feed her on time. She was basically me in tortoise form. Go and give your torties a dandelion treat tomorrow on Phoebe! 

Phoebe the Great Almighty Om. You will be much missed.

Oh Phoebe, you glorious shell you. You lived life like the queen you knew you were. You will be missed here on Tortblr, and it will always be Tortblr because of you.

Zoya is gonna have a big dandelion in your honor. Thank you for sharing her with us @zoo-seaslug , big hugs to you.