Thank you for your reply Maggie, although this was not really what I was looking for. I live in Wyoming, there are very few days my tort can’t go outside, he has an amazing 3 foot by 6 foot habitat but I don’t want to keep him locked up in it all of the time so suggestions instead of criticizing would be helpful. My house is clean (I think dust, hair and random food stuff are also present outdoors and in the wild) and I have never seen him try to eat any kind of anything off the floor. He is out for time short periods to explore and goes back to his enclosure when he gets cold.
Has anyone else heard anything about why he might be so attracted to this specific potted plant? thank you
OMGosh! I am so sorry you took my 'advice' that way. I in no way meant any disrespect. Seriously. I simply wanted to spare you the regret of losing a pet to an accident of some sort. So for that I do apologize. But now that you are offended anyway...you are stressing your tortoise out by your treatment of him...oh and my cats also prefer my Norfolk Island Pine to any of my other plants... ...now can we be friends?
He has a saucer I keep in his inclosure with fresh water, what is a good humidity for herman Tortoises in your opinion I have read a wide range on different sites? He also seems more interested in the actual pot than the water dish. Do tortoises see in color? Maybe the texture color or smell reminds him of something he likes? I need a tortoise shrinkMaybe it’s more humid in that little micro climate created by deep saucer the N I pine is sitting in. Probably just found it’s spot to hide & be safe behind the pot.
I understand your concern my buddy is in love with my outdoor Air Conditioning unit. He spends the entire summer next to the unit and if he could he would get between it and the house. He can't get back there because I keep it blocked off. I keep it blocked off for fear he will get back there and rub a wire bare and get electrocuted.
Yes, tortoises do not belong on the floor wandering the house. Floors are cold and torts will eat dust bunnies, paper clips, cat hair...food... all manner of bad stuff. And those of us old timers on this forum remember....after many of us gave that same advice to a new member, that member accidentally squashed and killed their tort in a door. Please keep your tort in a tort habitat before it gets in trouble.
It is fine I understand your concern. He seems bored in his inclosure though, pacing the edges and knocking his shell against the sides like he wants out. Do you think it would be bettter to just leave him in constantly?
I can attest to the hand sign stimulated behavior. My wife has developed several hand signs that immediately modify my behavior...This reminds me of the story about the penguin who fell in love with a life-size cutout of an anime character that was in his enclosure at a zoo in Japan. He would just sit there and stare at it all day, and when they took it away he became extremely depressed and his health started declining, so they put it back!
Also, funny enough, I just posted in another thread about my redfoot and his romantic relationships with his rubber duckies and my feet. Like, he just won't leave them alone. If I'm in the room, he needs to be as close to my feet as physically possible. Smh... Teenagers!
This also made me think of a study I read recently on tortoise's memory. Nine captive tortoises of different species were taught a behavior that was heavily and daily reinforced with treats and praise over the course of one year. Ten years later, the researchers returned to each one and made the hand sign that was the signal for the behavior from ten years prior. I believe like 8 of them did the behavior right away! And the other one remembered quite quickly after only a few tries! Pretty amazing stuff. The study goes on to talk about other research done on tortoise's memory and calls them "the elephants of the reptile kingdom"
Long story short, it's very possible the scent or shape of the plant reminds your tort of something from their past!!
P.S. -- I'm going to try to find both the penguin article and the study and link to it here if I can!!
that is soo terribleYes, tortoises do not belong on the floor wandering the house. Floors are cold and torts will eat dust bunnies, paper clips, cat hair...food... all manner of bad stuff. And those of us old timers on this forum remember....after many of us gave that same advice to a new member, that member accidentally squashed and killed their tort in a door. Please keep your tort in a tort habitat before it gets in trouble.
I think that’s their safe spot. Even outside Dexter has a special place he hides when done roamingI adopted an 8+ year old Redfoot last August. It had lived in either a glass 4' x 4' enclosure, a rabbit cage with a rabbit, or free roamed the house, or a combo of the above in the years prior to moving here. All I had time to prepare was an enclosed 3" x 6" stock tank. He wasn't happy with the change and being enclosed. So several times a week he gets out to roam the kitchen for 15 minutes to an hour. I turn the heat up and keep him in visual range at all times. He gorges on Mazuri LS when he is out, and won't eat it in his enclosure, no matter how I offer it, or on what surface. Odd guy. He only will eat greens in his enclosure, but fruit or animal protein is happily gobbled up no matter where he is at the time.
I have Greyhounds and use raised feeders that look like wrought iron plant stands - his favorite spot is sitting directly under one of these stands.