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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

How to Give a Turtle a Drink

Yeah, yeah, yeah:  we know they’re tortoises, OK? I just like the word “turtle,” so that’s what we call them. They don’t seem to mind.

If it’s possible to spoil reptiles, we’re well on our way. This is what I did just minutes ago when I saw this one out there waiting for me to Bring the Water:

Isn’t that pathetic? (And WAY cute)

& does anyone know:  is this a desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) or some other kind?

15 comments:

martha said...

I'm controlled by the birds and squirrels around here too...fill the feeders, birdbath...make birdie cakes and be sure to keep the supply coming. I love to watch a group of birds taking a bath. Oh, yes, I have over 5000 sq feet of flower gardens, and don't you know, the birds have houses, and lots of materials for nesting and seeds to eat from spent flowerheads...love it!

see you there! said...

I have to chuckle watching that turtle keep sticking its head into the nozzle of the hose. It IS way too cute, you're right.

Darla

Artiste Nouveau said...

Wow--watching that and hearing the beautiful wind chimes in the background was really relaxing. How lovely...

Sydney Harper said...

I would never guess that a turtle would put its head in the hose nozzle to get a drink. Well come to think of it, I don't think I've ever seen a turtle getting a drink before. Sweet turtle.

Course I'm the one who used to put food out for the local possum and leave the garage door up so she could sleep in there.

Denise said...

That is so amazing!! I showed it to my daughter - (she recognizes your site!) and we both watched in awe.
Thanks!!
Denise

Patty said...

Oh my, THAT is the 'Zen-like' you!

You actually take the time
to interact with that small being-its
wonderful...for you...for the turtle
and for us to experience the sound
of wind chimes, water and seeing that trusting creature. It's
what a Bodhisattva does...she cares for
other creatures! A nice thing to have
controlling your life, as you say.

Jo said...

That is way cute! I love turtles, or tortoises, or whatever.

Jo said...

Also, there have been many times when I've had to pull off the road and help a turtle get across it before getting smashed.

Jan said...

That little turtle is completely adorable and bless you for watching out for him/her. Rice, thank you for sharing that cute video clip with us!

Ricë said...

thanks, y'all~~ i wish i could tell you that the turtles are tame and love us dearly. alas, they don't like to be touched (most of them) and come only when they want something. not very cuddly, i'm afraid.

plus they don't purr.

BC said...

It looks like he's trying to cool off more than getting a drink. Very cute!

Steph said...

So that's another "me" , the one who gives water to the turtle!
I love these animals! Lucky you and lucky turtle ( I also prefer that word).

Anonymous said...

Hiya,
That is a Western Box turtle. I have one as a pet, they are very outgoing and always looking for an handout of chow (they love crickets).

They may not crave affection, but they don't seem to mind it either.

Ricë said...

thanks, anonymous! good to know. while i can't give them crickets (have to protect the crickets), i'm not averse to giving them june bugs--because the june bugs are usually dead, and the turtles don't seem to mind. they love stale cat food, so we give them what's left in the bowls in the morning. they turn their turtle-y noses up at spinach, though. huh.

Velma said...

i love your turtle video. i spend all of june rescuing turtles here-females migrate across roads to find sandy spots (roadsides with winter sand left overs) to lay eggs. i have learnt to always encourage them in the direction they are heading, and i will stop traffic to let the turtle cross. teen boys here love to drive over them. it's way good karma to be kind to them.