||63 years old|
||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
is Tort-Tort and he is a Dessert Tortoise. I suspect that he was
close to 25 years old when he came to live with me 38 years ago. Now
that he is about 63 years old, he is almost middle aged. I guess some
of the things that makes him special are his curiosity, friendliness,
and his balletic walk! Yes, he gets up on his tip toes when he moves
across my yard. Unlike Aesop's fable of "The Tortoise and The Hare,"
Tort Tort walks fast, almost like a slow run. Every morning, when
he's not hibernating, he comes into the kitchen and has breakfast.
His favorite foods are brocoli, and kale. Then he walks around my
house, while eyeballing my indoor plants as late morning snacks.
If I sit on the floor, he will crawl into my lap. He likes me to pet
him under his front legs. Afterwards he returns to his outdoor burrow
and takes a nap until late afternoon when the hot Las Vegas sun has
subsided. He will graze on some grass and return to his burrow for
Six months of the year he is in hibernation, so I don't get to see
him. However, when he is active, he's a great little friend who I
love a great deal. He's about 22 inches long from his head to his
tail and he weighs about 24 pounds. He's in the mating season right
now and he does feel his oats! Even thought he does not have a mate,
he continually searches my backyards hoping that his Princess
Charming will unearth herself.
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