Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Squirtle is a tortoise not a turtle. Tortoises have round stumpy feet, turtle's feet are usually webbed. He eats snails, grapes, tomatoes, cooked chicken, looseleaf lettuce, mushrooms, and millepedes. He likes to sleep at night. He is six inches long, four inches wide, and weighs one pound 2 ounces.

When we first got him he would not budge, he just sat there hiding in shell. When we picked him up he still would not move unless we put him in the pond and then he would swim.

Now he is not shy at all. When we pick him up he does not hide in his shell. He likes swimming and he likes it when I rub his neck. Sometimes he sits in our laps and watches TV. I think he likes Nat Geo Wild the best. Squirtle thinks it is fun to squeeze my fingers between his arms and shell. He is very strong. For a tortoise he is pretty fast. He can run about as fast I walk.

Squirtle is a Bell's Hingeback Tortoise. The back part of his shell can move up and down to protect his tail and legs. He is a very cool pet.


  1. What a cool tortoise! Is there any way to know how old he is or how long he will live? Also, does he swim quickly?

    1. I think most of those tortoises live up to 50 years. I am not sure but I think that that is true.

  2. Great pictures! My youngest, Nicholas (age 2), loved looking at them and was excited to learn what he eats.

  3. Did you find him in the wild or get him from a store?

  4. Your turtle is very cool! I read your post to Jorden and he thinks Squirtle is an awesome pet! He wanted me to tell you that he loves you guys!