I can’t believe it, but I forgot to make a post to celebrate Izzy’s birthday! She turned three on the 12th September; and spent the day munching on strawberries, and being waited on hand and foot (which is kind of a normal day for her anyway).
She has grown so much since I first brought her home, I forget how small and fragile she was, not to mention how nervous she was at being in a strange new home with a strange person she didn’t know. Now she is such a big part of my life, that I couldn’t imagine it without her.
I was going to let her hibernate for the first time this year, but after talking with her vet they have advised me to keep her awake until she is at least five. This is to make sure she is has enough fat/energy reserves to last the winter, as she obviously won’t be eating while she is in hibernation. The vet has also given her a check-up, and given her a clean bill of health. They also said that Izzy is a very curious and inquisitive tortoise, and they can tell that she must be a handful, which she is. To those of you who I have been talking to Izzy about her gender, I still don’t have a definitive answer for you. The vet says Izzy is still too young to be 100% sure that she actually is a girl, and it will be another couple of years before we know for sure.
Here are some recent photos of Izzy that I hope you will like:
As you can see, she likes her woolly hat very much (she actually has two of them), and one of her favourite places to hide is behind my bin and next to some Comic Books because she likes Super Hero stories. Hopefully the last photo will make you all smile; this is how much of a mess she makes when she eats strawberries. She eats them whole, and it ends up looking like strawberry jam all over her face.
Izzy and I hope you have enjoyed the post, and Izzy will accept any presents you wish to send by owl. Flowers will be eaten, and teddy bears will be cuddled.
Izzy & ThestralSnidget84.
This time of year is funny for a tortoise that is still awake, because most are hibernating. So Izzy is a little sleepy at the moment and doesn’t move far from her heat lamp, and when she does she goes to take little naps by the radiator. But she is still eating a lot, and I have to be careful not to over feed her, because she will eat everything I put in front of her.
She has now grown to 12cm long, and weighs 440 grams. Her nails have also grown quite a lot, so I will have to take her to the vet soon to get them cut, as they are sharp enough to cut skin. I will also get the vet to give her a quick health check to make sure she is ok, and to tell me for sure if she is a boy or a girl. That’s because it is very hard to tell the gender of a tortoise when they are small; and though I think she is a girl, she is my first ever tortoise so I could have got it wrong (either way, she will still be called Izzy).
She is also a very clever tortoise; she has been climbing on top of her tunnel in an attempt to use it as a stepping stone to climb out of her house, only it is too far from the side of the house to do so. But now she has started moving the tunnel towards the wall, so I will have to figure out a way to fix it into place so that she can’t escape. It’s not that she isn’t allowed out, it’s more that there is a large drop to the ground on the other side, and I don’t want her to hurt herself.
For Christmas Izzy got a new heat lamp to keep her warm and healthy, and she had sprouts, cabbage, and kale for her Christmas dinner.
I hope you guys have enjoyed this little update about Izzy, and if you ever want to ask anything just ask.
“We live in a culture full of hares; but the tortoise always wins.” Dave Ramsey.
Izzy quite enjoys being a celebrity here on this blog, so it seems about time that I posted another instalment of her Tortoise Diaries.
She is still growing well, and won’t reach full size potentially until she is around 7 or 8 years old. I weighed and measured her a few days ago, and she is now 11.2cm long (that is the length of her belly), and weighs 375gms.
Since I first brought Izzy home, I have started to collect tortoise and turtle ornaments, some of which I have posted pictures of. The last one I brought was from Barcelona, and it is very colourful. When I got home I even put it inside Izzy’s house for Izzy to play with, but she wasn’t really interested. I did take a couple funny photos to show you though.
“May this house stand until an ant drinks the ocean and a tortoise circles the world.” Jonathan Carroll.