Aesop, the Desert Tortoise Gets a Bath

Aesop, the Desert Tortoise getting bath
Aesop, the Desert Tortoise

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, the Desert Tortoise

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.

Aesop, the Desert Tortoise getting 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.

Aesop, the Desert Tortoise

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

Aesop, the Desert Tortoise

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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Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."
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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

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