Be Open to Change, Question Sources, and Ask Questions

I see a lot of people say, “Well, I heard (insert bad tortoise advice here). If that’s not true, then why did I hear it/see it online?”   There is a TON of bad tort info out there. It continues to spread for a lot of reasons. Sometimes pet stores lie to sell torts. Sometimes a person had a tort 40 years ago and followed the recommendations of the time and didn’t realize that some recommendations may have changed (we know a lot more about tort care now than we did in the past, and there is a good chance […]

Turdy, Wild Caught Tortoises, and Where To Get Your Tort

We got Turdy in mid June 2015. We didn’t know much about tortoises in general when we got him, and we didn’t know much about him in particular. All we knew was that he’s an adult male Russian tortoise who was wild caught and then sold in an exotic pet shop. After we got him we did a ton of research (kind of a backwards way to do it, but that’s what we did) and started talking to a lot of other tort owners and to tort breeders. In talking to other people we learned that Turdy has a great personality […]