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Turbo the Desert Tortoise

April 4, 2013 , , ,

Turbo the Tortoise has been asleep all winter in his cozy tortoise den.  His very small fellow tortoise, Teenytiny Turbo, slept the winter in a big box on the balcony to protect him from the cold.  He is too little to be on his own.  They started moving around slowly about two weeks ago, and now they are both warm, hungry, and on the move.

They both came from Wildlife Rescue here in Tucson.  Do not pick up a tortoise out of the desert and take it home because it is not legal to do so.  If you want to care for this cute pet, you need to inquire at Wildlife rescue for those who need homes.  They are independent, but do know their people and ours even likes the dog, who is polite to him.  He is very hungry now, so he really enthusiastically devours his romaine.  He had green on his lips when I came to see him, so he had been munching wild plants, but he does prefer the wet juicy romaine leaves when he can get them.  He doesn’t actually drink any water, even if you leave it out for him. He gets all his water from plants.

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That’s quite funny. “Turbo” is not a name I would associate with a tortise. About how long will these guys live?

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Rick

April 9, 2013

They live about as long as a human, but some exceptional ones live over 100. Teenitiny will out live us.

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mermaidcamp

April 10, 2013

Must be that slow metabolism.

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Rick

April 10, 2013

Right, especially in winter..almost none..

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mermaidcamp

April 10, 2013

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