Tort Time

obeythesquid:

Look at my tortoise’s little tongue. He’s so cute. Om nom nom.

tortie tongue is the best! Like tortie butts! 

“HUMOM! HUMOM! YOU BE THE LOG!”

Zoya saw human hanging half in her terrarium and assumed that meant it was time to play. 

Humom was actually picking up leftover noms and was slightly startled by this new game. She couldn’t resist playing along (and was glad her phone was in her pocket so she could capture the moments.)

Sherly loves noms. Noms are best. 

Why would you balance a ball on your nose when you can balance noms on your tongue?! #TortoiseWIsdom

Incredible new research records vocalization of River Turtles & finds that adults ‘talk’ to each other and to their hatchlings! 

Read more below and click through to hear the river turtle recordings! 

(Source BBC News

Scientists in Brazil have managed to eavesdrop on underwater “turtle talk”.

Their recordings have revealed that, in the nesting season, river turtles appear to exchange information vocally - communicating with each other using at least six different sounds.

This included chatter recorded between females and hatchlings.

The researchers say this is the first record of parental care in turtles. It shows they could be vulnerable to the effects of noise pollution, they warn.

The results, published recently in the Journal Herpetologica, include recordings of the strange turtle talk. They reveal that the animals may lead much more socially complex lives than previously thought.

The team, including researchers from theWildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the National Institute of Amazonian Research carried out their study on the Rio Trombetas in the Amazon between 2009 and 2011.

They used microphones and underwater hydrophones to record more than 250 individual sounds from the animals.

The scientists then analysed these vocalisations and divided them into six different types, correlating each category with a specific behaviour.

Dr Camila Ferrara, of the WCS Brazil programme, told BBC News: “The [exact] meanings aren’t clear… but we think they’re exchanging information.

"We think sound helps the animals to synchronise their activities in the nesting season," she said.

The noises the animals made were subtly different depending on their behaviour. For example, there was a specific sound when adults were migrating through the river, and another when they gathered in front of nesting beaches. There was a different sound again made by adults when they were waiting on the beaches for the arrival of their hatchlings. 

Dr Ferrara believes that the females make these specific sounds to guide hatchlings to and through the water.

"The females wait for the hatchlings," she told BBC News. "And without these sounds, they might not know where to go."

Since many species of turtles live for decades, the researchers also think that young turtles might learn these vocal communication skills from older individuals.

simplementlefaire:

This poster

"Now I’m always on time!"

So many things we humans can learn from our shell friends. Genius. 

lovelyjubbley:

Mum I’m sleeping all cosey ! Leave me alone ! #tortoise #tortoisesofinstagram #reptiles #reptile #russiantortoise #horsefieldtortoise #babytortoise #cute #reptilelovers

Yeah, whats up with that human!? Its Sunday morning. We wanna sleep in. zzzzzzzz 

(Zoya’s human would comment but she’s still sleeping too.)

conservancyswfl:

Young gopher tortoise released after a very short stay in the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

geekygumdrop:

Twinkle says its time for bed! Goodnight, friends. 😴💕💕 #tortoise #russiantortoise #turtle #reptile

Twinkle Twinkle little pet star, no one can fathom how wonderful you are!  (Zoya helped write that song for you, twinkle! Sweet dreams!)

catywompas:

My Shadow discovered how mirrors work. He charmed himself.

"Well hello there handsome"

Wait til Mirror tortoise is spotted during nom time. Charm will wear off real quick :)  

Giant Tortoise Selfies!

I recommend clicking the source link for more pictures and video. Thes giants love to ham it up for the camera!  

(Source: Gothamist)

Two giant Aldabra tortoises have moved into the Bronx Zoo, one weighing in at 400 pounds and the other at SIX HUNDRED POUNDS. And they’re going to outlive us all—according to the Zoo, these magnificent creatures have a lifespan of at least 200 years.

Aldabras are one of the two remaining giant tortoise species left, and there are thought to be about 100,000 of these left in the wild. While they’re terrestrial, they can swim, and “will enter shallow fresh water and occasionally the ocean to aid temperature regulation.” Their home at the Zoo has a freshwater pool. But enough with The Facts, check out this tortoise selfie: (Above)