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February 17, 1999

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Lisa Marie and Robbie, the Pet of the Day
Name: Lisa Marie, Robbie
Age: Two and a half years old
Gender: Female, Male
Kind: Leopard Tortoise, African Sulcata
Home: San Antonio, Texas, USA
   These are my children as I call them, Lisa Marie and Robbie. Lisa is a leopard tortoise and robbie is a Sulcata. They are roughly two and a half years old and they love to eat, anything but especially dandelion greens and romaine lettuce. Robbie loves corn on the cob and can eat the whole thing like a typewriter! Robbie is a Sulcata, so he will get very big in a few years. Sulcatas are also called African Spur-thighed, and are the third largest tortoises in the world. I keep them in a wooden cage when it's cold, but when it's warm I keep them outside. They do need light when I keep them inside. They watch me and when they see food, Robbie will come to me and eat out of my hand. Lisa Marie just is shy and won't eat until later. Tortoises make great pets, but they require a lot of work.

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