They certainly love the mud!

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Well, I had just finished soaking and applying a bit of coconut oil. I thought Billie looked nice - along with the others in the yard. He obviously had different ideas of the perfect look.

The pot in front of him had a nice cactus yesterday that he decided to knock over and eat!

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They love to soak in mud and will sit there for an hour or more.

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Well, I had just finished soaking and applying a bit of coconut oil. I thought Billie looked nice - along with the others in the yard. He obviously had different ideas of the perfect look.

The pot in front of him had a nice cactus yesterday that he decided to knock over and eat!

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They love to soak in mud and will sit there for an hour or more.

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Lovely setting . Lucky torts
 

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Well, I had just finished soaking and applying a bit of coconut oil. I thought Billie looked nice - along with the others in the yard. He obviously had different ideas of the perfect look.

The pot in front of him had a nice cactus yesterday that he decided to knock over and eat!

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They love to soak in mud and will sit there for an hour or more.

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Beautiful set-up, Mark. The tortoises look good as well.

What are those taller and more green bushes in the second picture?
 

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How old and big is the one in the pic? Have you weighed him lately?
Beautiful pics
 

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Beautiful set-up, Mark. The tortoises look good as well.

What are those taller and more green bushes in the second picture?
Bill:

Those are rosemary bushes. A go-to bush for cover in a tortoise enclosures for me. They grow really fast, and quickly develop study woody bases. All my tortoises don't like to eat it - yet tortoise safe (though we have plenty to use for cooking!) One of the few good shade/cover plants a large tortoise will not destroy.
 

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How old and big is the one in the pic? Have you weighed him lately?
Beautiful pics
I do weigh all my tortoises monthly. Billy (pictured in the post you are referring to) was 4700g July 1st. My largest - Darwin - (below with Brenda) who turned 2 on May 1st weighed 8546g July 1st.

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Bill:

Those are rosemary bushes. A go-to bush for cover in a tortoise enclosures for me. They grow really fast, and quickly develop study woody bases. All my tortoises don't like to eat it - yet tortoise safe (though we have plenty to use for cooking!) One of the few good shade/cover plants a large tortoise will not destroy.
Thanks for the info, Mark.

I thought that's what they were, but they look so large I had to make sure. I agree they are good cover. I have one here myself as a matter of fact. I had a couple others, too, but my biggest tortoises (adult radiata and yniphora) broke them off using them as scratching posts. After those broke, I started using various spirea and fountain grasses which also worked very well and the tortoises couldn't seem to destroy them.
 

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I do weigh all my tortoises monthly. Billy (pictured in the post you are referring to) was 4700g July 1st. My largest - Darwin - (below with Brenda) who turned 2 on May 1st weighed 8546g July 1st.

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Thanks. Those sizes and the pic of Darwin make more sense.
Billy just looked so big, young/sub adult, but the mud pit didnt look big enough for a youth adult. Pictures can be so deceiving. They look great.
 
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