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November 4, 1999

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Charlie, the Pet of the Day
Name: Charlie
Age: Three years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Leopard Tortoise
Home: Richardson, Texas, USA
   Charlie is a very inquisitive leopard tortoise. He's almost three years old and he was just a baby when we acquired him. He eats his size in food every day! We feed him a wide variety of veggies from collared greens, spinach, and lettuce to carrots, corn, and peas. His favorite foods are red; such as tomatoes, strawberries, and watermelon. He lives in a room with four guinea pigs and many, many snakes in Richardson, Texas. When the weather permits, we put Charlie and the guinea pigs outside in the same large pen to graze. Charlie trots around, trying to keep up with the cavies. He just wants to say hello, but all four of them always scurry away. Maybe we'll get him a friend. Charlie loves to take baths. He sits in the warm water with his eyes closed, soaking his rough feet. He also gets walkabouts around the house and we really have to keep our eyes on him when we let him explore. He moves a lot faster than you would think and it's amazing how fast a tortoise can disappear! His favorite place is in the corner behind the floor lamp. It is always interesting to watch Charlie eat; especially when it's one of his favorite things, dandelions. He has a lot of personality and will always greet you when you pick him up. Charlie is a very special pet. To see more of Charlie and the guinea pigs, check out their home page.

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