“T” is for Tortoise
This is Boxer.
He is a desert tortoise.
He has been a part of the family for 29 years now.
Did you know that tortoises make great pets? They do!
And they are intelligent as well. Well, Boxer is at least. I can’t speak for all tortoises. :-)
He knows his name and when he wants to come in the house, he scratches at the door! He loves the top of his head scratched. Tortoises hibernate during the winter. A tortoise’s body slows down during hibernation. They don’t eat or go to the bathroom while hibernating. Now Boxer stays in the backyard during the summer, but when he’s ready to hibernate, he scratches at the door to be let in. He’ll find his favorite corner in the den. We keep him covered and tucked in with a warm blanket and there he stays until spring. In fact, he just got up on Easter Sunday!
We used a small wire fence to section off a small area so he wouldn’t wander off during the day and he stayed in the RV at night.
Tortoises love their fruits and veges and Boxer even enjoys fresh picked rose petals as a snack.
One of his favorite fruits are cactus apples.
It is too funny when he eats these. Cactus apples have tiny black seeds similar to poppy seeds.
Boxer will eat the fruit and spit out the seeds.
Boxer is a special part of our family. He amazes us every day and we wouldn’t know what to do without him.
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This is the cactus flower.