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Happy Birthday Izzy!

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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:

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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.

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Tortoise Diaries Part Six

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.

ThestralSnidget84.

Tortoise Diaries Part Five

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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.

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“May this house stand until an ant drinks the ocean and a tortoise circles the world.” Jonathan Carroll.

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Tortoise Diaries Part Four

Izzy is doing well, and quite happy that summer has arrived, because it means more hot sunny weather and in the garden. She is more active this time of year because of the good weather, and over the last few weeks I have found her trying to climb out of her house quite a lot in order to go exploring, but don’t worry she can’t get out. When she does this she always reminds me of Spider Man trying to climb up a wall, so I took this picture to show you:

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Another thing that has been making her happy recently is the abundance of dandelions that are around. They are her favourite thing to eat, and she will go straight to her food bowl as soon as I put them down. My whole family will collect them when we take the dog for a walk (the dog still doesn’t like Izzy), and my dad collects them on his walk home from work. Her record is to eat six large dandelions in one go.

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Izzy loves to climb, so much so that she will try to climb over anything in her way rather than walking around it, even my shoes. Though maybe they were a bit smelly for her, because she turned around and climbed down pretty quickly.

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I brought this little fridge magnet a few days ago; when I saw it I just had to buy it:

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I have made a Facebook page for her, where I am posting photos and videos of her, so if we are friends on Facebook please send me a request to join if you would like. For those who don’t use Facebook I’ll soon be making a YouTube channel for the blog, which will include some videos of Izzy.

 

Thestral.

Tortoise Diaries Part Two

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Izzy is growing well, and enjoying a good life. She is now 8.5 cm long and weighs 150g, which is good for her age.

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I got this while I was on holiday a few weeks ago, as they sold a lot of tortoise and turtle souvenirs because they have wild ones living in the area. I didn’t see any, but I thought this was really nice so I brought it.

As Izzy likes to explore, I let her out of her house to walk around my room, but this can sometimes mean that my family don’t know she is on the floor when they enter my room and could step on her by accident. So I made a sign to let them know if she is in her house, or on the floor, that way they won’t step on her by accident. Izzy also likes to climb, so she will climb anything that is left laying around. It is from a template I found online, and I simply coloured it in.

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I have to give Izzy a bath very few days, to keep her clean and healthy, especially as she is very messy. She doesn’t like it much, but she is getting better at not trying to climb out of the cat litter tray I use as her bathtub.

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In the summer I tried to grow some cucumbers in our back garden from a plant I got at a local supermarket, as it is one of her favourite foods. I didn’t do very well; I only got one small cucumber from it, but she ate it all so I guess she liked it.

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Tortoises have markings on their bellies (called the Plastron), which are like fingerprints and help to identify individual tortoises. This is Izzy’s:

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Finally; here is a photo of her having a little nap one afternoon recently with her head tucked into her shell.

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“What’s another word for Thesaurus?” Steven Wright.

Thestral.

 

Happy Birthday Izzy!

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Today is Izzy’s 1st birthday, so I would like to wish her a very happy birthday! She is my best animal friend, and an amazing pet, who I love dearly.

I don’t have a present for her yet, as I am still making it for her, so I will show it to you all when it is made. But I do have a few photos I would like to show you of her that I really like.

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As you can see, she has a wand and has been sorted into Ravenclaw like me, which makes me very proud that she is magical, and because she has such a tough shell spells just bounce straight off her.

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This is a door stop I brought from a place called Chatsworth House. Izzy isn’t really interested in it, except for when it is in her way. Sometimes she will push it out of the way and try to get out of the door so she can go on adventrs around the house.

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I took this one in the morning just after she had woken up, having dug herself under the soil to sleep with just her head poking out of the soil.

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This last one is of her in my hand to show how big she is. She will grow more than this, and reach her full size when she is around 8 years old. She could grow up to just short of 1ft long from head to tail, but that would be large for her breed.

I will give her some sprouts today as a treat, and sing Happy Birthday to her. I know that this may not sound like much of a treat to most of you, but Izzy loves sprouts; though for tortoises it is junk food and should only be given in moderation.

 

“May this house stand until an ant drinks the ocean and a tortoise circles the world.” Jonathan Carroll.

Thestral.

 

Say Hi to Izzy

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Today I got the tortoise that I’ve wanted for so long. I’ve called her Izzy after a really cool friend from Syltherin. She’s 8 months old (tortoises are usually around this age when sold), and the best thing ever (sshhh, don’t tell my dog I said that). I say she, but it’s hard to tell a tortoises gender before it reaches a year old, though I’m 85% sure it’s a girl. The fist photo is her enjoying a nice meal, she seemed to really enjoy the cucumber. The white powder is a calcium supplement, which helps to make her shell nice and strong. She had a poo on the blanket just after I took the second photo, which was a pain, but she seemed to enjoy exploring her new home.

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This is the house my dad and I built for her, and I will be keeping her in my room. She’s been hiding a lot, but that is normal for a baby tortoise to until it is used to new surroundings and feels safe knowing that my dog doesn’t want to eat her.

Tortoises, and the equipment you need to keep them (such as a heat lamp that also provides UVA and UVB lights, a tortoise table like what I have or a vivarium, and having it micro-chipped) are expensive. They also live for a long time; ages from 80-100 years old aren’t uncommon (there are some who have lived to 160). The food they eat is pretty cheap, but you need to know what to feed them and what not to feed them. Because of that, I would give the same advice I would before getting any pet: Make sure you can afford to care for it. Make sure you have the time to care for it. Research all you can about the animal to find out exactly how to care for it. Only buy pets from reputable pets shops and breeders.

A good place to go for information and advice about tortoises and turtles is www.tortoisetrust.org I also have the following book which has taught me a lot, because I brought it last year and have read it several times to make sure I knew what I needed to do to care for my new friend properly:

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Title: Tortoise: Understanding and Caring for your Pet

Author: Lance Jepson

Year of Publication: 2011 (UK)

Publisher: Magnet & Steel (UK)

Website: www.magnetsteel.com

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £ 9.99 (UK) $14.99 (USA) $23.99 (AUS) $28.99 (NZL)

 

I think Izzy is perfect, and I’m really looking forward to having her as my pet.

 

Thestral.