Hi All. My name is Pauli. I’ve already learned quite a bit by reading on this forum and I finally decided to become a member so that I could post. I grew up in the Mojave desert and I loved caring for hurt tortoises, befriending ones that would come to me, and they have always been my favorite creature. I decided it was time to possibly (hopefully!) commit the rest of my life to one. Who am I kidding? The chances are good that I will get another one or two down the road! Today I got a baby Russian tortoise. I decided on a Russian because of how arid it is here. No name yet and because it’s small I’m not sure of the gender. I spent time looking at wild caught cuties but decided I rather begin with one that comes with a fairly clean slate, so to speak.