Wisdom From The Experts Pt 4 & 5 Two Turtle and Tort experts, two related pieces of wisdom to share about turtle and tortoise anatomy! Lori Neuman-Lee, PhD (@CheloniaGirl ), prof at Utah State University, says – “I wish people knew that turtles can’t come out of their shells…because their shells are part of their...
Words of Wisdom from the Experts Pt 3- “I wish people knew how smart turtles are. They learn quickly where their food comes from; if from a human then they learn that specific person” Is what Michelle Kelly (@MichelleKellyCW), public speaker about Reptiles and amphibians, wishes more people knew about turtles and tortoises. Those of...
Words of wisdom from the experts pt 2 Check out this INCREDIBLE photo by Amanda Hipps, @biophilamanda, one of the experts who responded to our #worldturtleday question. Amanda studies the animals that live in gopher tortoise burrows. In case you didn’t know, gopher tortoise burrows are home to hundreds of other animals. Their status as endangered directly...
This year, in honor of #WorldTurtleDay, we asked herpetologists, biologists, rescues, and rehabbers, to tell us what they wish more people knew about Turtles and Tortoises. Starting today we’ll be sharing a few responses a day! Let’s learn more about the animals we love from people who have devoted their lives to protecting them. Biologist...
It’s a special day, here at TortTime! Today is Zoya Pants’s birthday!! Well adoption day, really, but since we don’t know her official hatch date we celebrate today! There will be noms and presents and noms and more noms (cause who cares about presents that aren’t noms!)
Happy Birthday, Zoya pants! Your humom loves you very much (I know, not in front of your friends. It embarrasses you)
I don’t know how he wedged himself into this small space. I couldn’t stay to see how he got out of it since I had to go to work-but I’m surely curious. #tortoise #tortoises #tortoiseshell #pets #reptile #turtle #turtles #animal #pet #tortie #instagood #ねこ #webstagram
if we dream it, we can do it! (by shoving, real hard, over and over again)
*mumbles as he walks by* never say I didn’t do anything for ya, Kid.
I’m a sucker for the little guys. The ones who aren’t doing so well.
My parents used to own tortoises many years ago, and my mum has been talking recently about getting another. It’s her birthday next week, so I did my research and found a good breeder about an hour’s drive from me.
I looked at all the gorgeous babbies, so perfect and healthy and beautiful. And then I saw her. The one nobody wanted. Smol Girl.
Smol was born with some… Interesting problems. Firstly, she has a deformed shell, which thankfully isn’t causing her any problems right now. There’s a bit of pyramiding, but the conditions were right and her fellow tortoise-folk were in perfect health, so I think it’s partially due to her deformity. Maybe she’s got some internal problems too, but she’s happy enough and I’ll get her checked over by a vet just in case.
Secondly, Hermann’s tortoises should have four or five toes on each front foot. Smol baby has seven. I’m not sure what’s happened here, whether it’s genetic or something went wrong in incubation maybe? But again, it’s not harming her and she can zip around super fast!
She’s going to be secretly chilling in my room for a week, then on the 18th, I’ll introduce her to mum.
She’s had a small drink and dip in the water (plus a tiny poop!) and she ate some clover in the garden today, so I’m optimistic! If anyone has any advice they wish to offer, please do. I only want the best for Smol mutant child
you are a hero! Those are the shells that need us humans the most.