Sunday, July 29, 2012

Rambo Cozies Up

Most humans wouldn't think we terps like to snuggle, but we do!!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Turtle Gourds

Check out these cool gourds sculpted and painted to look like real turtles! You can even purchase one if you are interested. (click on the picture to see more)







Friday, July 20, 2012

My Cousin: The Red-Footed Tortoise

The Red-Footed Tortoise is a captive-bred, readily available and fairly hardy tortoise that makes a wonderful captive. Adults range from 10 to 14 inches in length, and originate across South America tropical forests and grasslands.

Red-footed tortoises require strong enclosures - it is best to make an indoor tortoise enclosure long and relatively narrow. A temperature gradient should be provided or a hot rock may also be used so long as a cool area is always provided. Red-footed tortoises are almost half bone and shell, so they have a great need for calcium. In order to absorb all the calcium they require, calcium levels in their diet must exceed phosphorus levels.
Foods high in calcium, but low in phosphorus, include dandelion greens, collard greens, parsley, kelp, watercress, celery and orange rind. An almost exclusive vegetarian diet is best; pesticide-free grass can provide roughage.

Look at this beauty!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Help, I've Fallen

...and some think I can't get up! (but they'd be wrong...)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Mr. Knievel

And from tortoise.com, meet Mr. Knievel, their resident troublemaker:

Tortoise.com is a tortoise and reptile rescue in Malibu, CA.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Caught in the Act!

German scientists have just reported an extraordinary discovery: the first known pairs of mating vertebrate fossils. The 47-million-year-old turtle remains offer clues to how a prehistoric lake became one of the world’s richest fossil troves.

The Messel Pit in Darmstadt, Germany, has provided a wealth of fossils that have greatly increased understanding of the Eocene Age (36-57 million years ago).

Click here to read the story at National Geographic.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Turtletude

Just chillin' on the patio, but still coppin' an attitude

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Call Me Sparky

Here I go again. Celebrating my independence (being allowed to run free on the deck), as you should be today on July 4th, when allowed to run free. This year, though, I have wheels. Viva le independence!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Colors of the West

Check out the colorful markings on this Western Painted Turtle's belly! Now that's art, and I want some. (better be careful, Mama's been seen around the house with her Sharpie...)