Lucky me, the hibiscus bush grew a flower I could reach! Mom usually lets the flowers bloom and enjoys them for the day before giving them to us but not today. Sweet, fresh picked goodness! I will take a page from the book of Mango and make a silly face to celebrate.

Lucky me, the hibiscus bush grew a flower I could reach! Mom usually lets the flowers bloom and enjoys them for the day before giving them to us but not today. Sweet, fresh picked goodness! I will take a page from the book of Mango and make a silly face to celebrate.

Hi Waffles! I have a question for you (or your mom). I live in southern Mississippi where it never gets very cold and stays humid through most of the year. I would like to get a tortoise friend that I could keep outside as well as inside. What would be the best species for this?
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Hello! There are a couple of good torts out there that might be good for you. A russian or a greek tort would be good because they don’t get too big. Hermanns torts like my friend Sheldon stay small too. If you want something a bit bigger, a red foot may also be good for you and they love the humidity since they are a tropical tort. I would start looking at these types and see if any are right for you.

I'm always buying produce (kale, mustards, collards, etc.) For my two Russian tortoises but they can never finish the entire bag before it goes bad! Could you suggest any longer-lasting food products to supplement their diet?

Hello! My favourite non fridge foods are Zoo Med grassland tort food and Repashy grassland grazer food. Mom also has these fridge containers she got from Tupperware that control the air flow so greens last longer. She thinks there might be generic ones at Walmart or somewhere like that. Good luck!
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I took some time to stop and eat the flowers. That’s how the old saying goes, right?

Mom accused me of eating all the new growth on the cactus but it wasn’t me. Sure I may have had a nibble after the fact but Toothless did most of the damage. Just look at him. So not trustworthy.

Here are some highlights of my adventures around the house. First I discovered that the fridge makes warm air on the outside even though it’s cold on the inside. Then we had a rest in Beanses bed while she pouted because we wouldn’t let her in. Of course nature called so I went to the human potty because mom says that’s what she does. What do you do with the potty when you get there though? I don’t get it.

Howdy! So I'm looking into getting a sulcata and I was curious about how Waffles travels. Does it stress him out or does he enjoy it? I have two turtles (an RES and a common musk) and the RES loves traveling while it stresses the musk out. Do you have any tips for traveling with shelled friends? Thanks!

Hello! I have been travelling with mom since I was two months old. When I travel, mom puts me in a bin that has my reptibark in it so I can make a spot to settle and it soaks up any pee I make. I also like to poo in the first 15 minutes of driving too so mom has dog poo bags close by to pick it up. When I was little mom would put my hide in the bin so I could go in if I needed some quiet. Now I have sloth to cuddle instead. While we’re in the car, we usually have some noms to munch on if it’s a long trip. Mom tries to keep the air conditioner off if she can and remembers that if she’s warm with just a tshirt, then we will be warm too. When we get to our destination, mom always has a lamp with a heat bulb on hand to make sure we’re comfortable. Travelling can be fun as long as we’re comfortable and our basic needs are met.

So waffles, I just thought of something. You like to stomp around and your name is waffles. Does that make you like Waffle Stomper from the 90s show Doug?

I don’t know this show but I think I just found a way for mom to entertain me today! Turn on Netflix mom, we have a marathon to watch!

I have a hatchling tortoise named Kerby who will be 1 year old on the 28th, he seems to be pyramiding and some websites say that it is a serious problem while other say it is simply cosmetic, I sprinkle calcium on his food and he has a UV lamp and gets a few hours of sunshine every week! Any tips on how to prevent this or if I should worry about it?

Hi friend! Pyramiding is definately not a good thing and not just cosmetic. Big pyramids on a tort can mean metabolic bone disease. They can get very heavy and even collapse in under the weight and cause stress on your tortie’s organs. It’s not too late to turn it around though. A big contributor to pyramiding is lack of humidity. Your tort should have water available and their home should also have humidity too so their soil isn’t dry. Mom also would give me a warm soak for about 20 minutes every day during the dry winter and for my first year to help with my hydration. The Sulcata Station website is a great place to find out more about pyramiding and how to stop it. Good luck with Kerby, I know you can help him come around!

Hey waffles. Did you hear about the sulcata tortie that was chased in California because it escaped. What do you think?

When torties run away from home, I have to wonder what is making them so unhappy. Do they not have a sloth to cuddle? Does their mom not give them enough dandies? Or maybe he wants to go to the store to get some bread to make toast. What ever his goal was, his only crime was getting caught.