Tort Time


Gabe the tortoise eating salad in a reptile show at The Living Desert

Gabe’s noming style was more Long Distance Noming than Sprinting. 12 plates later he continued to snack while his competitors napped in the shade. 

Thanks to the hard work of The SC Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital, Briar the loggerhead #SeaTurtle has recovered and is back in the ocean where she belongs! Showing off that gorgeous shell I’m sure. 


Over a year ago, Briar the loggerhead sea turtle was found covered in barnacles, stranded on the coast of Myrtle Beach. Extremely underweight and anemic, it was soon discovered she had cataracts and surgery would have to be done to remove her damaged eye lenses. Her survival was questionable.

Now, Briar is wading through the ocean. She has returned home.

After making a full recovery at the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital, Briar was released back into the Atlantic Ocean off of the Isle of Palms shores on Wednesday. Residents of all ages came with signs, shouts and cameras to bid farewell and capture snapshots of the sea turtle as she crawled her way into high tide. For many attendees, this was their first time attending a public sea turtle release, let alone witnessing a live sea turtle.

“It was really unique … I was doing it to bring the kids, and it was kind of long waiting for it, but it was worth it,” said Kayla Hall, a first-timer for the turtle release.

She was stunned by Briar’s size, comparing it to that of a dinosaur.

Kate Dittloff of South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital described Briar’s support from the community as extremely heartwarming.

“For some reason, everyone has some sort of connection to sea turtles,” Dittloff said while smiling.

“It’s not every day that you get to see a sea turtle in person, especially if you’re just visiting the Charleston area. We really hope they walk away with a greater appreciation to protect our oceans.”

Loggerhead sea turtles have remained under close surveillance since being deemed threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1978.

With their nesting season underway, efforts to ensure their safety are being made as frequently as possible.

If you find a sick or injured sea turtle, contact the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Sea Turtle Hotline at 800-922-5431. Donations can be made to the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program at the website at

With admirable efforts on Briar’s behalf, the community can ensure, as one child stated, that the rehabilitated loggerhead has returned home and “won’t be coming back.”


#small #tortoise #closeup #eating #food #eat #reptile #animal

look at that jaw and that tortie tongue! Prime for noming all day long :D 

Zoya continues to grow big and strong…. 

Human realizes she might need to build taller walls…


Martin, our tortoise, went missing roughly ten days ago. Now he’s returned… with a tan!


This is Beau, an African tortoise someone dumped at Maymont. He hung out on the patio of a local restaurant this evening and everyone chipped in for his care. Poor little guy was suffering from malnutrition and his shell is all “pyramided.” He’s only about a year and a half and now, with proper care, he’ll live to be 150.

In light of the awful tortoise incident dominating the news recently, here is a story of good people and much brighter future for Beau the tortoise <3 


Liberate yourself. (And always cut six pack rings.)

Two important messages in one. 


Lunchbox & Kirby Mug, Part 1
(Part 2 here)

Today would have been Lunchbox's 11th birthday. Some mornings, Mommy still reflexively looks to where his tank used to be. We miss his happy face, but our wonderful friends have made sure we have many things to remember him by. Waffles and Mango's mom sent us a beautiful painting of Lunchbox, and we have this fabulous mug from friend qvoro.

Friend qvoro drew both Lunchbox and me on this mug back in December. Silly Mommy never got a chance to photograph Lunchbox next to his side of the mug. It is the bestest mug ever!

A toast to Lunchbox!

While we’re a little late and a little slow as always (humans fault) Zoya and I are spending the day toasting to Lunchbox! and awesome big turtle to the ever amazing Kirby and a shell we hold forever close to hearts. Happy Birthday Lunchbox! I know you’re giving someone a side eye wherever you are and we’re very thankful we got to know you even a little bit. 

Lunchbox’s legacy is large but I am sure he’s super proud of the shell you are growing up to be, Kirby! Huge hugs to you and humom. 


Tortoise eating a banana!


6 plays 6 plays

'The Rain Crows' wrote a special song to remind us all, on these beautiful summer day, to keep an eye out for the little shelled soldiers crossing the road. Pick em' up, Carry em across!

Feel free to dance to it while you’re keeping an eye out for turtles and tortoises in the road this summer!