Our desert tortoise, Aesop, has been a fun addition to our life ever since we adopted him three years ago. He typically becomes quite active beginning in June, after a very long winter’s nap. As a result, his curious nature has him coming out to see us when we venture out into the garden. The kids like to pet his shell while I stroke Aesop’s head.

Aesop sleeps just over six months out of the year, so we treasure the summer months when he is active. A couple of weeks ago, he came over to visit me on the backyard patio, and I noticed how dirty his shell was – likely due to hibernating in a hole all winter long. So, I decided that he needed a bath.

I wasn’t sure if he would like it or not – my dogs don’t and try to get away whenever they see me holding the hose, but Aesop seemed to enjoy his bath.

He stood perfectly still until it was over and then turned to me as if to say, “that’s all”?

A couple of minutes later, he was stretched out, relaxing after his refreshing bath.

I must admit that I never realized how entertaining having a desert tortoise as a pet could be and Aesop continues to surprise us with his curious nature and antics.

 

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  1. Sandy Smith
    Sandy Smith says:

    My Mum& Dad in-laws had a Desert Tortoise when they lived in Huntington Beach, CA. I believe they passed it on to a neighbor in the ‘hood. You know, the tortoise had acclimated to HB, so why move move him/her? Theirs was named Emily. I can’t wait to ask Margaret (my Mum-in-law)! She loved Emily. And all the snakes… (eye roll)
    thanks Noelle
    S.

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