Quantified Tortoise

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

My funny Valentine enjoying "My Funny Valentine"

Ringing for service: singing update

It’s been over a month since I started singing/whistling to Rover to associate specific songs with specific activities.  I’m doing it partly to support giving him the ability to let me know what he wants, and partly because I am curious how well he can distinguish songs.  I promised myself I’d give him two months Read more about Ringing for service: singing update[…]

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[…]

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