Saturday, September 25, 2010


our newest editions--
(because he is little and tough)

(because he might be a girl - a Friends reference) 
They are Selcata Tortoises!

They are super little right now, just around 2 inches and about 1 1/2 oz, but they will get up to 36 inches and live about 100 years. 

After the yardsale Saturday, Blair went with Kenny and I to pick one out and we had such a nice time! The people who were selling them had several larger tortoises and tons of fresh water fish (4 tanks indoors and more in their garage). They have such a passion for their hobby and really love their pets. They are not breeders and just let nature take its course and sell the babies they can't keep (this year they had 2 clutches... as you can see from the pictures below one clutch has almost 30 'babies') .

We loved listening to their cute stories and learning all about the tortoises. As the guy was telling us all about how to care for the tortoise he mentioned they are soulful creatures and since we were only getting one he might get lonely... Well we couldn't have that so we adopted another one (which kinda sucked because I was prepared to spend $50 for the one, but not $80 for 2- but hey it was yardsale earnings so I guess it is okay)!
We bought one from each clutch so they are not brother and sister just in case they do end up mating. Luckily we wont have to worry about that for 6-7 years. We actually won't even know their sex for 3-4 years.

We are of course concerned how the dogs will interact with them... Almost certainly I think Hope would kill them thinking they are a walking tennis ball. We have a good 2-3 years before they have to live outside...and might just make an enclosure in the side yard so they aren't near the dogs. 

Nash's clutch-
Chandler's Clutch -

This is one of their 4 year olds... he is about the size of a football.
This is the box we brought them home in : )

 This is their first 'bath' in a tupperware container- 

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