Sunday, December 23, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Cozy Up Time

It's getting chilly in this part of the world and I'd like a few furrballs to cozy up with. Anybody interested?

Sunday, December 16, 2012


Capital One uses my likeness for their Comcast ad, without permission, I might add:

Friday, December 14, 2012

Bring it On!

I think there may be trouble ahead... but then again, there are four of us!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tortoise, Turtle or Terrapin?

Look at my and my shelled reptile friends. Is it a tortoise, turtle, or terrapin? What you call me or any of my relatives depends on:
    what we look like, where we live and where you live.

Before we get on with this, let's be clear that scientists like veterinarians and such have their own words for us. They call us all chelonians.

But ordinary people use ordinary words. The trouble is that sometimes you don't all mean the same thing even when you use the same words.

What we look like
We all have shells. But some of our shells are covered with scutes while others are have a leathery covering. Some shells are domed, some are like saddles and some are almost flat.

We all have four legs. But some of us have thick stumpy legs with stumpy feet. Some have webs between our toes. Some have flippers that are hardly legs at all.

Of course we have other differences, too, or else our friends wouldn't be able to tell us apart. But these two differences (shells and feet) help to tell if someone is a tortoise, turtle or terrapin because what we look like helps you to know what our natural habitat is.

Where we live
We have three main habitats ...
  • We can live on land
  • We can live in the sea
  • Or we can live sort of in between, spending time both on the land and in the water. Lots of us in this group live in brackish water. That's water that is sort of salty, the water you find at a river mouth where it joins the ocean.

Thanks to for the information above.

The terms 'turtle,' 'tortoise,' and 'terrapin' are often used interchangeably, and depending on which country you are in, may describe a completely different type of 'turtle.' But before you get too concerned about the common names, let us take a step back and identify them as belonging to one common order, the Chelonia. If it has a shell and is a reptile, then it is going to fall into the order Chelonia, which includes 244 different species

For most Americans, the term 'turtle' describes the Chelonians that are aquatic or semi-aquatic. The term 'tortoise' describes a Chelonian that lives primarily on land. 'Terrapin' can describe some freshwater or saltwater turtles, but is not often used.

There you have it. 

Friday, November 30, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Brewski Anyone?

Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, Georgia, is doing things the right way:

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Night Light

Turk or Turt?

Doesn't matter. I may look like a fool, but I am giving thanks big time this year. I did not wash away in the hurricane (although I was abandoned...), my tank is clean and Mama lets me run from time to time. All is good. Except for the headpiece.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Days of My Lives

Love to catch a late fall sunny day. Ah, my place with a view. I am a blessed terrapin and I am about to settle in for the winter.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Rub a Dub

Every season, Mama takes the toothbrush to my shell and scrubs me up all nice and clean. Feels good.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Slams My Town

Message from American Tortoise Rescue:
Turtles need help, too. If you find a turtle or tortoise after the horrible East Coast storm, first soak in tepid fresh water for 30 minutes (changing the water a few times) as it may have ingested salt water from the ocean. That can kill it. Dry it off, and put it in a box with air holes in a quiet place with a lid. It probably will not want to eat because of the stress, and that is OK. It also may try to bite so keep fingers away from the mouth parts. Keep away from dogs and children. Send us an email at with a photo attached, and we will try to ID it and help you. Do not throw it back in the water. Thanks from American Tortoise Rescue. For more information, visit: American Tortoise Rescue

Monday, October 29, 2012

Nice Fit

Talk about cozy, my tank is a perfect fit. Although I could probably grow a little if we expanded my space. Not complaining... just saying.

Friday, October 26, 2012

My Cousin: The Golden Greek Tortoise

“Golden Greek” Tortoise are recognized as Middle Eastern spur-thighed tortoises and do not originate in Greece. Their actual origin is usually Syria, Lebanon, Israel or Jordan or North African countries of Tunisia, Libya or Morocco.
The lighter color shell is indicative of areas that reach seasonally high temperatures where a dark shell would be an unwelcome heat sink. A very distinct peach tint to both the skin and shells in some specimens almost glows! Primarily still wild-caught, this species can harbor parasites and have other stress and environmental problems. Prone to dietary and respiratory illnesses, this is not a good beginner pet. Both male and females can grow up to 8 inches long.

Greek Tortoises are found in a variety of environments from seashore dunes to rocky mountain steps but usually in very hot, dry and arid regions with high summer temperatures. They inhabit areas of sparse vegetation where they browse on grass and plant growth.

Generally very shy, the Golden Greek Tortoises usually become more outgoing as they get used to their keeper's activities, but they will continue to look for places to hide or bury themselves. They should be housed in a dry, warm environment with low ambient humidity.

This tortoise is listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

Top Nat Geo Model

To read more about the National Geographic Galapagos Photography expedition, click here.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Bday Party Animal

I'm not much of a party animal (and neither is Mama...) but we both wish our friend Brooks a happy birthday today!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

Mo' Ninjas, Baby Style

I'm happy to report that these cute little buggers were a result of photoshop - and not real paint!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Happy Place

Need I say more? I'm chillin', the weather's chillin', Mama's chillin' and life is pretty darn good.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Bouncing Off Walls

This is how all kids should party:

Happy Birthday to Mama's nieces this week!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Candle of Love

Mama still enjoying her turtle candle gift from her niece. I must say the likeness is uncanny!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

Turtle Tamer on Silk

Who wouldn't want to wrap their long wrinkly neck in silk turtle art?
See the original Turtle Tamer art here.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

Turtle Info Center

This fella looks grim but surely he is full of good information. And possibly tickets to something.

Monday, August 27, 2012

On the Loose

As soon as she wasn't looking, I took the opportunity to explore the living room.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Not Your Hungy Hippos

Certainly not! Just a gaggle of hungry tortoises (or torti?) about to rip the limb from their friendly caretaker if he doesn't act a little quicker with that salad.

Saturday, August 25, 2012