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.
Hello, Waffles! I was wondering if you could help me. My four-year-old tortie paces all the time, both in his tank and his outside enclosure. I think he's bored and I don't know what to do; I don't want him to be sad. Do you have any advice?
Hello friend! We torties do like to go for a good stomp, it’s fun to see what the yard has to offer. If your tortie is bored, you may want to give him some exploring time around the livingroom or supervised patrols around the yard. It may also be time to expand his indoor habitat. Mom just expanded ours for the winter since we won’t be able to go outside at all. We like our exercise and going for a stomp is just the ticket.
Hurray for new cuttlebone! So clean and new. Mom says I look like the Tort of Wall Street.
I have decided that wearing dirt is my new favorite style. With the flick of a foot, I am dressed and ready for a stroll on the tort walk. Work it baby!
Guess what? Mom started her own blog! We get so many questions about how we do things that she thought she would start one from her point of view. Her first post is about the day I came home. I was so small! Hope you enjoy it :}
What kind of hosta is best? id like to add one to my garden for my little sulcata but theres so many different kinds!
I asked mom amd she just gave me that look like I was speaking in penguin. She didn’t know there were different types. We have the type that is all green, the one that yellow around the edges and the one with white around the edges. Some make purple flowers and aome make white flowers. They all taste good to us. Mom said you could also go to the Tortoise Table website for a good list of what we can and can’t eat. Happy noms!
A chilly day calls for a visit to my winter bin. The big excitement is that my cape from friend Zoya fits me just right! I felt super power in my stomp and extra confident in my ability to protect my home. Who left this shoe out for someone to trip over? They had better not cross me or I’ll use my super powers to kick ass and take names!
Hi Waffles! I have a Sulcata that is two years old who is still kind of afraid of me and will go into her shell if I come too close :[ What has your mom done to make you feel comfortable and safe with her?
Hello! Mom is very touchy with me and has been handling me since the day I came home. I would rest in her hand and she would give me pets every morning. Now that I’m bigger, I get shell skritches all the time along with head and chin skritches. She talks to me lots and hand feeds me dandies. I think that the best thing you can do is spend time with your tort and take steps to build trust. Eventually you tort will be happy to see you because only good things happen when you are around. Btw, don’t jump into head skritches. It took months for me to let mom start doing that.
This morning mom went out to pick our weeds and came back with this big, odd looking nom. She said we could have it for free as long as we went outside and said hello to the men that had a whole bunch of them. I still didn’t know what it to do with it until mom started unrolling it and magically our very own lawn appeared! Thick, luscious, tasty grass! I think I will go say hello again tomorrow and try to get more. Also, dad contributed to our home with a new sign decoration. I don’t get it but he thinks it’s funny.
This is Dr. Nick (hi everybody!). Mom took us to the reptile expo today so we could meet him since he specializes in tort and turtle care. He was very happy to see us and gave both of us a physical. He poked in my arm pits, looked in my mouth and even squeezed my back leggies and pulled them in and out of my shell. He looked at mom’s growth progress that she keeps track of and listened to her concerns about how I am growing faster than most torties my age (she worried I was fat). The verdict is: I am perfect! He was very impressed with my shell and said I am not overweight at all. He said considering my size, I’m not as heavy as he would have expected. My bones are good and he likes how I stand up nice and tall when I stomp around. Mom is very happy and he says she should be. Yay us! Btw, you should see what he said about Mango! I promised to let her tell you.