5 Year Member
Platinum Tortoise Club
- Jul 16, 2014
- Location (City and/or State)
- South Eastern Florida (U.S.A.)/Rock Hill S.C.
Oh, sweet Lord!
Oh, sweet Lord!
"I grabbed my tortoise and kicked the dog in the head" hahahaha this was me a few weeks ago when a lizard ran up to Frankie. She held her own though. Wasn't traumatized. She just hid in her shell until the lizard was gone then she was back out playing.There are some stupid laws in this country that's for sure. I transport my tortoise in a 3 gallon Rubbermaid bin to take her to the vet. I wouldn't take my tortoise to a park because of possible chemicals. Also you don't know when an unleashed dog could come up and grab your tortoise. That may sound far-fetched so to speak well that was a bad pun, anyway but it actually happens to me. I had my tortoise out on the front porch getting some sun and this pitbull all of a sudden came running up. I grabbed my tortoise and kicked the dog in the head. I love animals but not when they are going after my animals. So now my tortoise is never out front, always in the backyard behind a 6 foot fence.
Well said and I agree.
Dressing up a tortoise and having this sort of "fun" may have one hidden benefit that we are all missing though. The more a person loves their animal the better care that animal can expect to get. So if Trisha finds herself more endeared to her tortoise because she can dress it up and take it for a walk, then I see no harm in it, as long as she's careful with where she does it for all the above stated safety reasons.
This is not how I choose to "enjoy" my tortoises, but if someone else likes it and they are using some caution and common sense, I'm not opposed to the idea.
I'm not a "play Barbie" gal with my tortoise BUT I HAVE used a leash on my tortoise.
I did not do it to be cute or to play dress up but to make sure I didn't lose him during an event.
My kids participate in a local garden class every summer. We know all the gardeners and they are an organic, pesticide free place. It's a small, local place. They have a lot of mallow (my torts favorite weed to eat) on the grounds and we harvest it for him weekly. At the end of the summer, we all gather together for a garden party to harvest produce and eat lunch. I bring Levi to the party, leash him up and all the kids LOVE taking turns holding the leash as he walks through the garden munching on mallow and other weeds.
Levi isn't stressed by it, he walks around eating in the same manner he does at home. The leash isn't 100% escape/slip off proof but he's not left alone tied up either.
I just used a dog collar around his shell. Nothing special, but at least the "I looked away for only a second and he was gone" scenario won't happen.
If you have an area that you can KNOW is safe for your tortoise to eat and your kid wants to hold a leash to prevent an "oops where'd the turtle go" incident, then do it.
To answer your original question, there are no special tortoise leashes that I've found. So get creative.
These are photos from the 2016 summer party. I didn't take him this year because the weather was cold and cloudy on the day of the party. Levi wouldn't have enjoyed that.
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Do you not have a safe outdoor enclosure for your tortoise? I don't worry about losing mine--she is in her 8x50 foot pen. When she was smaller she had a smaller pen. Very easy to find her. It's not safe to let them wander in a large yard that is not completely secure.One of those colorful turtle sweaters the other member was mentioning seems like it might be helpful, though far from foolproof, means of reducing the chance that she get lost in the yard.
My husband tried the balloon thing buy affixing it to her with a loop of scotcn tape; Didn't work of course; tape didn't stick. I didn't want him to try a stronger tape that would leave some adhesive on her shell. Besides you can't take your eyes off her for even a few seconds, balloon or no balloon.
Do you not have a safe outdoor enclosure for your tortoise? I don't worry about losing mine--she is in her 8x50 foot pen. When she was smaller she had a smaller pen. Very easy to find her. It's not safe to let them wander in a large yard that is not completely secure.