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27 October 2006 @ 12:49 am
A writing project.

Over the past four years my husband and I have acquired 13 turtles and tortoises. They are all good. We bought a few of them but most of them came to us as cast-off pets.

I can't explain why, but these prehistoric animals bring me such delight. They have taught me that it is a fallacy to think that they are here for me. They are just here, always in the moment, being turtles. Not dogs or cats or monkeys or an anthropomorphic cartoon.

The males can be fierce and combative in the presents of another male. In the presents of a female turtle our male turtles will forget pain, fear and caution to pursue her. They are all homebodies and they don't like change. To our primate brains they are just cute, cute, cute.

Sometimes we are just over come with delight. I turn to my husband and say, "do you know who I love"?


"Olive! I love Olive. She waves her little arm when I pick her up".

Little Tickle came to us earlier this year dehydrated and malnourished. (Turtles and tortoises are exotic pets. They have very special needs). After a summer of greens, sunlight and exercise little Tickle is a vision of tortoise goodness. When he sees us, he runs over for a treat.

"Oh, Tickle! You're so good. You're the best little guy"!




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A Piece of My ♥prettyedy on October 28th, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
That is so sweet. Edy is our only box turtle that will eat out of our hand. She has a sweet beak. She loves fruit.
la marquise du sudla_sherazade on October 28th, 2006 02:13 am (UTC)
What kind of turtle/tortoise is Olive? She looks like the one that I moved off the road a few months back.
By the way, I love your teacups in the second photo. What kind are they?
Notice that I am obsessed with nomenclature!
I am glad that you find such joy in your animals. I find a similar joy in my chickens. They are so easy to make happy but have their own little lives, not really interested in me. It's...refreshing.
A Piece of My ♥prettyedy on October 28th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
Olive is a Three-toed Box Turtle. She lost her front and back left feet before we got her. We think a raccoon attacked her. She is very lively and has a good appetite.

I never had a pet as an adult. My fondness for them surprised me.

I think you live in Box Turtle country. I think all our turtles would be happier where you live. They spend the night indoors because northern California gets to cold at night.

This is my LJ turtle gallery.

The cups are Syracuse Econo-Rim restaurant ware. I don't know what the pattern is called. I love restaurant ware.

This is my favorite mug for morning coffee
la marquise du sudla_sherazade on October 28th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
You probably already know that I love restaurant ware as well! My collection seems to be ever-growing!
I don't know if turtles would like it here that much--it was down to 30 the other night and it does snow... We are kind of southern impostors here. :) Not really very tropical.
I worry alot about the chickens, but we weatherproofed their coop as best we could. We may run a heat lamp out there for when it gets REALLY cold but it would necessitate a 500-ft. long extension cord!!!! I wish we could move them up closer to the house for winter.