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August 4, 2001

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Tucker, the Pet of the Day
Name: Tucker
Age: Four or five years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Russian Tortoise
Home: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
   Tucker may look big in this up-close photo, but she fits comfortably in the palm of my hand, with room to spare. At first, she was very skittish around people, but after a few weeks she got used to normal pet-like affection.

   Russian Tortoises are burrowing species, and she naturally likes to dig herself temporary havens in the ground. This can be quite amusing because the Georgia clay is hard but what's above it (grass/ hay /pinestraw) is soft but hearty - she will dig far enough down to get a good start but get stopped at the clay, often in a nearly vertical position, which doesn't seem to phase her one bit!

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