Mom, look!  My new friend has such bright colors!Purple shell is okay for my new friend because he doesn't need UVB, unlike me!New friend, your head is very yellow......yellow like dandelions......and your shell is flower-colored, too...


International Turtle and Tortoise Week, Day 3
(Days 1 and 2)

A few years ago, I made a colorful new eraser turtle friend.  His shell was so purple I couldn’t resist booping it over and over!  💛💜🐢👀

Sometimes we hear about people painting real turtles’ shells bright colors like purple.  🚫  Please do not be one of those people!! 🚫 Putting anything on a turtle or tortoise’s shell interferes with UVB light absorption.  We turtles and tortoises need a lot of UVB for vitamin D to maintain healthy bones.  (Like how humans need vitamin D for healthy bones, but we need a lot more for our big shells!)  Paint or anything else on our shells ultimately weakens all our bones and makes us very sick!  (Not to mention paint chemicals can be toxic!)  😢

🚫  Relatedly, please do not ever drill or mark up a turtle or tortoise’s shell!  We can feel pain through our shells!  (For example, I am super ticklish around the back end of my shell.  If anything touches the back of my shell, I immediately jump like a rabbit and run away as fast as my leggies can go!)  😢

🌟  To sum up:  Leave turtle and tortoise shells the way they naturally are!  If you want to paint or scratch up a shell, stick to a non-living turtle like my eraser friend!

As we celebrate Earth Day AND International Turtle and Tortoise Week, our friend Kirby has some very important info about turtle and tortoise shells!

One of the greatest myths about turtles and tortoises is that they have no feeling in their shell.  THAT IS FALSE! We not only have many nerve endings in our shell, we have pores through which we absorb important vitamins from the sun! Our shells and spine are fused together! They are one! we can’t take our shells off. Silly humans!  Listen to Kirby! Be gentle and keep us chemical free! 

It makes perfect sense that #EarthDay overlaps with International Turtle and Tortoise week! One part of caring for our earth is caring for its most precious creatures, Obviously We turtles and torts are one of them!


Quarantine Diaries: Day 21

If quarantine has taught this tortoise anything it’s that we should be extra nice to our earth. It brings us noms, gives us places to dig big holes, things to stomp on, and the best sun puddles to nap in!

Let’s live every day like it’s earth day! If we treat her nice she’ll be nice back. Trust me I’m a tortoise. I know things!


Today is a very special #earthday #throwbackthursday to one year ago when our worlds got turned upside down.

Our shell friends never forget that our earth is our most valuable resource. It gives them noms, places to burrows, and sun puddles to bask in! We humans, however, often forget.

This year, in particular, we are reminded that our earth is our safe space. It has provided us with places to be in each other’s presence while at a safe distance. It’s helped us feel less alone.

It’s given us beautiful scenery, and ways to play when inside our homes became overwhelming.

It’s home to our shell friends, feathered friends, furry friends, and scaled friends, Creatures who bless us with their presence reminding us that life still goes on.

Let’s take stock of all these incredible gifts all around us and take care of our earth, today, and every day,  so we can continue to enjoy our green spaces, our random encounters with shell friends, and of course… so all the torts have lots of dandelions to nom!


From a year ago. At the time I was more well-versed on the snakes of the area, so I thought I had caught a baby snapper until I did research later on and found out it was just a Musk.

Just a musk? Not “Just” a musk! Its an adorable fiesty musk! Look at that guy! 


Look at this adorable baby Eastern Box Turtle! 😍 It somehow made its way into our workout area, so we’re going to give it some water and put it back outside in a safe spot. 🐢

#scalyadventures #babyturtles #turtle #easternboxturtle #babyanimals #scalyfriends

Look at that baby!! So adventurous already 😀 Go forth and nom the world! Glad you encountered a good human.