Quantified Tortoise

Observations, experiments, and measurements in the life of a Hermann's tortoise

Ringing for service: step 1

I have a dream that one day Rover will be able to let me know what he wants. He’s not much into verbal communication, so currently he just clamors for service by pushing against the terrarium glass in my direction.  I can never be sure what he’s requesting.  A back rub usually calms him down, Read more about Ringing for service: step 1[…]

Snooze fest

When Hermann’s tortoises are very little, they have a few natural predators.  But as they get bigger, they’re not very susceptible to predators anymore.  They don’t worry quite as much about their safety. This has been evident in Rover’s behavior.  When he was little, he strongly preferred a cave where he could dig a little cozy indent Read more about Snooze fest[…]