EFA: Etsy For Animals Etsy For Animals: More Words about Turtles and Tortoises !

Etsy for Animals (EFA) aka Artists Helping Animals,

is a team of independent artists, craftspeople,

vintage sellers and craft suppliers on Etsy.com

who are dedicated to providing charitable relief to animals

by donating a portion of the profits from their shops

to an animal charity of their choosing,

and/or to EFA's featured Charity of the Month.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

More Words about Turtles and Tortoises !

More Words about

Turtles and Tortoises

by Julie of BlindWolfSpirit

Jazz in the Sprinklers

I have been in love with turtles and tortoises for as long as I can remember. There is something very fascinating to me about an animal that is shaped like a Volkswagen and has remained relatively unchanged since prehistoric times. Turtles have inhabited the earth for about 220 million years and today their physical structure is very similar to that of their prehistoric ancestors.

Jazz & Spotty Eat Corn

I was lucky to have been raised in a reptile-friendly household. My dad is a herpetologist and our house was always filled with snakes, lizards, and turtles. When I was young I used to go with my dad on the weekends to the university where he taught, and help him take care of the turtles at the “herp” lab. I learned how to properly care for turtles at a young age.

Tommy & Red sun on Rocks

Turtles and tortoises make great companions because they are long-lived and relatively easy to care for as long as their basic needs are being met. Turtles and tortoises have relatively simple needs, but if those needs are neglected their lifespan will be significantly shorter in captivity. Most commercial housing available for turtles and tortoises is not adequate for their needs. Turtles and tortoises need to have plenty of space to move freely and must have room to grow. A traditional aquarium may be sufficient for young turtles or very small varieties, but will soon be outgrown by most turtle and tortoise species.

Ed in the Tortoise Table

Turtles and tortoises (both land and water varieties) need UV light to properly utilize the calcium from their food that keeps shell and bones healthy. Many commercial turtle and tortoise foods alone are inadequate for their dietary needs and can cause “pyramiding” and other dangerous bone malformations. In temperate climates turtles and tortoises can be kept outdoors but they must be protected from the dangers posed by roads, poisonous plants, predators, and other humans. Whoever first decided that tortoises are slow must never have actually lived with one. Tortoises can disappear very quickly and should not be left unattended unless they are in a secured area.

Jasmine & Crush in the Pond

Turtles and tortoises have become popular pets and many species are now captive bred reducing the amount of turtles being caught in the wild to be sold as pets. If you are thinking of buying or adopting a turtle or tortoise, be familiar with the source. Do not buy a turtle that has been illegally captured and do not try to capture native turtles and keep them in captivity. Most wild turtles and tortoises are protected by law. In Utah protected desert tortoises are available for adoption for qualified applicants. Nevada, Arizona and California also have adoption programs (see website link below for information).

Rosebud eats a Salad

We have quite a variety of turtles at our house. We have a turtle pond in our laundry room, made from a large toddler wading pool that houses two large Red Eared Sliders, one Map Turtle, one Scorpion Mud Turtle and one, very large, soft-shell turtle. In our utility room we have a large wooden tortoise table that houses two Redfoot tortoises, one Russian tortoise, and two box turtles. We specially built or adapted each of our enclosures to satisfy the particular needs of our turtles and tortoises. Several of our turtles and tortoises are rescues or were given to us by people who could no longer care for them. If you choose to give a home to a turtle or tortoise, be sure to do some research beforehand to get information about proper housing and care.

Waves Sculpted Sea Turtle Pendant Necklace

by BlindWolfSpirit

Here are some of my favorite online adoption, housing, and feeding references to help you get started:





* http://aqualandpetsplus.com/Turtle,%20Water.htm

This last one has some good basic ideas for water turtle care but my disclaimer is that I am not necessarily in agreement with the author’s philosophies.


  1. Thanks so much for a wonderful feature... i especially loved all the photos and turtle names :)

  2. Thanks for sharing! I enjoy reading this and seeing the turtle pics. Turtles were also part of my childhood. I was growing up in a tropical country and we have turtles in our backyard. Love turtles!!

  3. Beautiful necklace! Lots of facts about turtles!!

  4. Thanks for the excelent article - lots of things I didn't know about turtles and love the pictures. The bracelet is beautiful! And turtle pond in the laundry room is so cool!

  5. Your house must be so fun to visit! I JUST sold two items to a woman in AZ who opened a lost & found dept. at the rescue she started. She said she returned many dogs and cats this past year AND a turtle that was lost!

  6. So wonderful, thank you for sharing! Beautiful photos, great info, and love the necklace :)

  7. Your turtles RULE! I'm so impressed with your turtle/tortoise wonderland you've set up for them. :) If you can tell me what Walter needs to correct the yellow spots on his carapace, you'd make my year. The vets have been no help at all and the books I've consulted weren't clear enough to be of much help either. He has full-spectrum herp lighting, a recommended dry food which I rotate with a frozen variety/soft aquatic diet since unlike Jebediah who will eat all sorts of things, Walter is incredibly picky. He has a basking log, heater, filter, etc. I'm stumped. I tried adding a vitamin supplement to no avail, rubbing shell goop on him whenever he was out for water changing, all to no avail. Any idea?


Please leave a positive comment :)
We shall publish it as soon as it is approved...
THANKS for visiting !

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...