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Morla!

I can't remember if I introduced my newest addition to you guys on here!

On November 29th I brought home my very first tortoise, Morla, who is a Cherry Head Tortoise (a sub-species of Red Foot).

Here she is today during and after he bath! She is growing so fast with me!







She is about 1-2 years old and 4 inches long so far (shell length).

I am totally in love with her and can't wait to see how big she gets and to spend most of my life with her ^_^ (this species gets to about 8-14" or so)



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She's so beautiful Kayla, I know I've already said haha. Congratulations! I must share some photos of my new TBR

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She is awesome! What does she eat and how long is her expected lifespan?
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Thanks you two! Daisy, you should! ^_^

Renee, she is an omnivore so she eats mainly greens (collards, dandelion greens, spring mix, endive, etc), but then she needs a good amount of fruit and veggies, as well as protein (mealworms, hornworms, superworms, pinky mice, boiled egg).

And Red Foots live to be around 60-80 years old ^_^



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I think I will need to get a tortoise quite soon so I can hope it doesn't outlive me!

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Exactly! LOL
Although you run that risk with Parrots too



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Coooootie! I'd love a tortoise. I hear they are stinky?




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Lol, it's weird because you're not the first person to ask me that.

No, they don't smell at all actually. Her enclosure always smells like a forest (pleasant soil smell) and she only ever goes poo when she gets her soaks in the bath.

Turtles and Tortoises will only ever stink if their tanks or enclosures are kept filthy.



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I find that turtles do smell a bit no matter how hard you try and keep it clean. My yellow bellied slider and map turtle aren't bad but musk turtles... well I haven't heard that about tortoises though! Is their poop bad? Snake poop is but they're carnivorous

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Musk turtles I think it says it right in their names though

I haven't noticed Morla's poo to be too gross. When she DOES poo it's like, half her body size! LOL. But I haven't noticed it to smell much. It might be though that she only ever goes poo in water, which kind of helps get rid of the smell right away.



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Wow, do they eat much then? The leopard torts I worked with would graze pretty much all day if they could. Had to keep replenishing the bowl! And if you don't mind me asking, what are you feeding her?

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Yeah she eats a lot, at least as much as the size of her in greens/etc.
And I try to feed her a variety. She gets 2 days of greens, then 1 day of fruit, 2 days greens, 1 day veggies, and 1 day of fasting.
I switch between spring mix, collards, dandelion greens mainly, and then she gets whatever veggies we have in the house that are ok for her, and then she gets fruit like strawberries, pineapple, mango, etc. Then once a week she gets some type of protein like boiled egg or worms or mushroom, etc.



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Sounds yummy! Is it all a natural diet or does she get pellets/formulated food too?

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All natural! The only pellets they make for Tortoises out here are all grass based, which isn't good for Red Foots. They don't really need pelleted food at all so why bother? :P



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That's kinda how I see keeping parrots too Thanks for the info Kayla! I hope I will be a good tortoise mom in the distant future

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No problem, I'm sure you will! Actually I have no doubt



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