here-be-dragonz:

Mr. Schneider came out of hibernation today!

Well, spring is here and it’s slowly starting to feel that way! So today we can start to welcome our shell friends that have slept through winter, back from their cold time’s nap! Yep, it’s the first of many, Welcome back Wednesday’s!  

Welcome back, Mr. Schneider! I hope you are well rested and ready to go! There’s lots of dominating to do!

wigmund:

From Canadian Wildlife Federation Photo of the Day; April 2, 2018:

Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) takes its first steps from hibernation in Guelph, Ontario

Photographer: Debbie Oppermann

Its #WelcomeBackWednesday! looks like someone slept well all winter! Good morning, sweet shell friend! Warm up, then let the noms begin!

Woo! Good Morning Mojave Max!

Mojave Max, a desert tortoise whose first appearance is seen as a sign of spring, has emerged from his burrow at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas.

A Clark County spokeswoman says Mojave Max emerged just after 2 p.m. Tuesday. It’s not the earliest or the latest the captive mascot has emerged from his reptilian form of winter hibernation in the 12 years since the tradition began. The winter nap is called brumation.

The earliest was Feb. 14. The latest was April 14. Last year, it was March 30. Warm temperatures, longer daylight hours and an internal clock are believed to be factors in the timing.

An annual contest lets southern Nevada schoolchildren guess the date and time Max will emerge. A winner hasn’t been announced yet.

(Source http://northwest.8newsnow.com/news/events/mojave-max-rises-and-shines/99913 )