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April 23, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

The secret of longevity

Tortoise asleep in the sun r

Tortoise asleep on the grass pile r

I have discovered the secret of longevity.  As demonstrated in the photos, sleep all autumn and winter and when the sun comes out, sleep all spring and summer too.  It won’t stop you getting wrinkly though by the look of it.  As I’ve posted in the past, this is my lovely old tortoise, and today she is enjoying her first day out in the garden, having gone from her box, to the lounge, to the greenhouse and finally, freedom to roam the garden.  And what does she do? She goes to sleep.  She was so worn out by all that sleeping, she never even made it back to bed properly and just collapsed on the grass heap, instead of burying herself in it.  It’s too cold for her to stop out at night anyway at the moment.  I wonder if she gets confused why she wakes up somewhere different to where she fell asleep every day.  I should explain the white marking is so I can find her when she buries herself in the garden, it doesn’t do any harm and I would never find her without it.



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  1. John / Apr 23 2013 9:00 pm

    I had an old tortoise, years ago. We called him Breather, because he made a sort of snoring sound from time to time. He was a nice pet, actually. Required very little care, liked to have his head scratched. Didn’t eat much. It’s tough to tell if they’re still alive sometimes, they sort of hybernate… we brought Breather to the vet a couple times over the few years we owned him, to check — twice, the verdict was he was still alive, but, the third time, he’d gone… the vet thought he was quite old.

    Thanks for sharing the photos — brought back some memories of my fine, ol’ Breather… hopefully, he’s somewhere warm, enjoying a nice, long nap in the sun.

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Apr 23 2013 10:26 pm

      Thanks. It surprises many people to discover tortoises have a personality. This one certainly does.

  2. kiwiskan / Apr 23 2013 9:09 pm

    I have always felt it would be a good idea to hibernate for the winter – but now I see that it doesn’t stop wrinkles I’m not so sure… 🙂

  3. Gallivanta / Apr 24 2013 7:31 am

    Oh what a blissful existence.

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