Atlas is settling right in. They aren't shy at all so far, and have been patrolling the new territory, and had a bit of light breakfast (plantain,dandelion,wild strawberry leaf- plantain is the favorite so far), basking and doing a bit of burrowing.
The breeder gave us a big ziplock of mazuri tortoise food. He suggested giving once a week to fill in any gaps in the diet, or keeping it until fall when weeds are less plentiful.
My first full day as a tortoise owner! Hopefully the first day of the next hundred years for Atlas in our family!
Atlas is doing very well. They had a large appetite today, I did a soak, and they drank and drank for a few minutes- it was the first time I saw that, and they closed their eyes and dipped their head right under the water!
I also may as well ahev mot bothered eith hides- they like to burrow under the substrate more.
So far I think I am lucky as Atlas is not a picky eater at all- so far they have eaten some of everything I have fed:
Wild strawberry leaf
Wild violet flowers and leaves
Forget me not
This morning we did plantain, dandelion and fresh grass. Around lunch however I was out for a walk and brought home some wild violet and lilac blossoms which were enthusiastically recieved. I also put a piece of cuttlebone in the enclosure and they had a good few bites of that. So far Atlas is just a fantastic, friendly, enthusiastic little guy.
Atlas has grown a quarter inch in the four weeks since coming home(2in at arrival, now 2.25in. He is 3 months). I hope that is adequate growth! He eats a ton and is so incredibly friendly for such a tiny creature!