meet the new family hockey puck
here is my new tortoise. it's a baby redfoot, bought at underground reptiles in deerfield beach. if you're local, btw, check out that store. it's like a zoo. and isn't depressing, except for those big-ass alligators in the "pond."
anyway, i didn't wait as long as one probably should when mourning to get another tortoise, but i knew immediately that i would want one. and make sure i did everything
right this time. making myself wait just would've made me anxious.
so i forked over the $110 and got this in return:
unfortunately i got no good pics because saturday was ugly out and sunday i was busy all day. no time to take the baby out in the sun for pics!
there were three little babies to choose from. all of them made me think, "beefcake!" when i looked at them. i guess that's just the way hatchling red-foots look. they all also look like little boys, but i doubt they all actually were.
ed was with at the store and was absolutely delighted that the store owner(?) told me red-foots are omnivores. luckily, i can feed it tofu for its protein requirement. and that's optional anyway; lots of literature recommends against it.
he/she is very young, just a few weeks out of the egg. it's still basically egg-shaped, has the remnants of its yolk sac where a belly button would be, and has yet to lose its little egg tooth. i wonder if the tooth fairy makes a visit for egg teeth...
any name suggestions? i'm thinking puck?
this is the new guy not eating well. sigh. maybe i'll buy strawberries. i don't think tortoise can resist strawberries.
my new apt. has a huge planter outside that i'm going to deck out for the tortoise. will post pics when i have 'em!