I had my very first tortoise playdate today with Henry (@thenotortoisebig on Instagram)! Henry was excited about the carrot we brought him and chomped away on his treat. I, on the other hand, spent all my time nomming rocks and asphalt. 😁🙄
We will be posting lots of playdate photos and video tomorrow!
Heya!! Whens the next chapter for SSLL bc im super excited *^*
Monday at the latest! I’m aiming for tomorrow, but we’ll see if I have time. I’m working on it right now, though.
Here’s a preview:
“darlin’, you’re lookin’ at me like i’m the man o’ your dreams,” Mutt drawls, his voice still thick with sleep. You snap back to reality with a shake of your head, and your cheeks flush hot with mortification.
“No, I was–”
Blackberry shouts over you, “MORE LIKE NIGHTMARES!”
So PETA has recently posted an article about helping turtles across the road. While this sounds great, the article is loaded with nasty images of turtles who have been crushed by cars. The images are close-up, gory, and overall terrible to look at. So, for those of you out there who don’t want to see that, I’m making a post with happy pictures instead:
So turtles are amazing. I mean, look at that face
And often times during the warm months you will see turtles on the roadway just trying to get where they’re going. Unlike this little guy who’s already found the perfect spot
If you see a turtle in the road. The best thing to do is put on your hazard lights and safely pull over. watch for other cars as you examine the situation. Most turtles you come across aren’t super aggressive, so if you go to pick them up, the only thing they’ll do is this
if the turtle isn’t a snapping turtle or other aggressive turtle, simply pick it up like a hamburger to reduce the risk of injuring it, and take it to the side of the road that it’s trying to get to.
If it is a snapping turtle like this guy
or another kind of more agressive turtle, keep your distance. try to find a stick or something else you can goad it into focusing on. If you’re lucky, it will keep trying to attack the stick and you can “kite” it across the road. If not, call animal control and wait until they arrive. They’re trained to handle the situation.
In either case DO NOT take and wild turtles or tortoises home. I realize that they are incredible adorable
but you can seriously disrupt their environment and the overall population by keeping wild animals as pets. If you are looking for a pet reptile, it’s best to adopt from a shelter, or if you can’t find one, find a breeder that raises their reptiles ethically.
In addition, do not take them to a different area either, even if it’s a nearby lake in town. You could be taking it too far away from it’s home, lessening it’s chance of survival. Only take it to where it was already going.
Thank you all for reading, please share to help spread the word. Images I posted are not mine, with the exception of the sulcata tortoise hiding in the grass (That’s my shy boy).
Happy Tolkien Week and a belated Happy Hobbit Day: If I fits, I rule them all!
* Hobbit Day, aka the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins and the day that determines when Tolkien Week is, was actually yesterday, Sept. 22. We are celebrating a day late because we were busy celebrating the first day of fall yesterday! Also, credit to our good friend Samwise for the brilliant caption!
Hello, I love your ssll and all your imagines. I was wondering if you've heard of Horrorfell and horrorswap? Just imagine a version of red like axe, we all know horrortale was bad enough, now try to imagine a fell version. ~Shy anon
I love the concept of Horrorfell and Horrorswap!
I actually have some headcanons for the two that I wrote up a few months back!
so a while back I mentioned that I was offered a position as galapagos tortoise trainer and I finally got some pictures! this is my girl Moe and I love her dearly
what we do is a lot of voluntary and natural behaviors with positive reinforcement. no punishment ever. we also never withhold food. all the food reinforcers we use are extra treats that they get for training.
the third picture is a “lift” behavior where we tap their foot, and once they lift and allow us to hold, we reinforce. this is a great behavior for getting a good look at the tortoise’s legs since you can’t lift the whole tortoise to get a better look at their feet.
Humom started my birthday celebration right on time with a super awesome tortie birthday cake! Layers of chicory, cactus fruit and DANDELIONS!! I made sure to pick all the dandelions out of the cake first because I have PRIORITIES. yep.
I didn’t nom my whole cake cause I knew what was coming. Presents AND my yearly apple slice!!! I loooooove my yearly apple slice the most. Humom says I can’t have too much sugar so it is only a special birthday treat.
I tried to be a well-mannered tort and sniff all my gifts before climbing onto the apple in joy. I got a new UVB/A bulb so I can keep growing healthy and strong, some heat pad thingies in case of power outages (this is like getting underwear for Christmas ma.. wheres the fun stuff!), a new orange friend (doesn’t smell nomable), A PUMPKIN! for fun carving times later this month, AND AN APPLE that will become my apple slice!
As soon as humom cut it up I gave her my biggest NOOOMS!! smile before shoving my face on it. I was so excited I even shared a little with humom (not a lot.. just a little). It was glorious! All that excitement really wore me out so when humom went to change my bulb I crawled under my pillow and took a quality birthday nap!