Today is Derek Jeter’s last home game. Good luck Mr. Jeter, mom says your bum is almost as cute as mine.

Beautiful fall day outside. We have to wait until the early afternoon for the sun to be in our pen but it’s nice when it arrives. The grass has grown tall so me and Mango helped to trim it down. We also trimmed the hostas and Mango found a worm but didn’t eat it. Yuck! Mom said if the weather stays nice, maybe we can go see some pumpkins.

Beautiful fall day outside. We have to wait until the early afternoon for the sun to be in our pen but it’s nice when it arrives. The grass has grown tall so me and Mango helped to trim it down. We also trimmed the hostas and Mango found a worm but didn’t eat it. Yuck! Mom said if the weather stays nice, maybe we can go see some pumpkins.

Mom said if I were people, I’d be dead.

Hi Waffles! I have a couple questions about bedding. Currently my little girl sulcata is inside my house on aspen because it is way too cold for her outside. Ive gotten lots of messages saying that aspen is bad because it likes to mold but i clean it out every couple days and replace some of it every two weeks. I make sure no mold has the chance to grow. She used to have a more natural type but she hated it a lot! So im wondering if your mom thinks aspen is ok for the not so long run cont-
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Hello! Mango’s previous people used to keep her on aspen mulch too. It’s not an ideal mulch but that doesn’t by any means mean you are a bad owner. The problem with aspen much is that it doesn’t hold moisture well and it can be rather dusty and get into your tortie’s lungs. When mom brought Mango home, she was caked in a thick layer of dust and she was a bit wheazy. Since your tort doesn’t like a slivery mulch, you should try reptibark. You can get it at the reptile store or even Petsmart. It’s a bit more expensive but it lasts a good long time and is much tidier than mulch. You can even wash it in boiling water and then let it dry if you find any pesky critters have moved in. We have a couple of inches of topsoil under the reptibark because Waffles likes to dig but plain reptibark works well too. It also holds moisture well. Currently we have cypress mulch because of our house expansion but will be getting bark soon. Mulch tends to get stuck in our food. I hope this helps :)

No matter how much I feel like sleeping in or just realaxing, I can’t resist the lure of a giant dandie.

Wait, what does mom have over there? Clover flower! Rawr nom nom nom.

Guess who got to help mom with dinner tonight? I helped with the salad.

Guess who got to help mom with dinner tonight? I helped with the salad.

Today I got to go outside for the first time I’m over a week. I patrolled the pen to make sure that everything was how I left it. I don’t trust that sneaky chipmunk and I’m sure he would take squatters rights if he could.

Hey Waffles, how big will you be when you're a big boy? And how long do you live for? Also how big is your enclosure? I'd like to get a tortie just like you one day but I want to make sure I'm able to handle one of you and give the tortie a good home :)

Hello! When I’m a big boy I could weigh more than 100 lbs! Mom’s hoping I top out at 80 but I’m so big right now compared to my friends, I’m thinking more like Volkswagon size. As for age, I’ve heard anything between 70-140 years. Mom hopes I will be around for a really long time but it makes me sad that I might be around after she is gone.

My tortie pen has had 3 different sizes in the past year. My first home was an under the bed storage bin. I really liked it. When Mango came along, we moved into a bookcase that is 2 1/2 feet x 6 feet. We needed more room to walk around because I was always stomping on Mango. We had that home until the last month. It was still big enough for the both of us but mom wanted us to have more room to walk around during the long winter so she added another board and now our home is 5 feet x 6 feet. We’re spoiled but we’re ok with that.