Acquired: Pet store
Posted Mar 16, 2015
I had some extra time with my grandkids before we had to meet their mom, and we decided a trip to the pet store was a great plan. As we walked around, enraptured with all the different life forms, my grandson, Jordan, spied an aquarium of baby land tortoises---and it was Love at first sight. All he talked about was wanting a tortoise for his 6th birthday. He didn't want anything else. These little babies went for over $100 each, and I knew we would need a habitat and food/supplies as well, so I talked with his other grandparents and we all chipped in to get Jordan his dream pet. He was ecstatic when his tortoise arrived, and when the little guy dug under his wood shavings for the first time, Jordan announced "His name is Digger." And Digger became part of the family. When Jordan started school he drew pictures...of Digger. When Jordan was able to write sentences, he wrote beautiful love words...for Digger. When Jordan goes to the park...so does Digger.
Digger was about 2 1/2 or 3 inches long (shell size) when he joined us. Two years later, he is now about 7 inches long. He looks like a little prehistoric being, walking around the screened lanai, climbing his rock into the water, eating his favorite green, baby bok choy. Yes, Digger has gourmet tastes. He likes to eat strawberries, oranges, spinach, but his favorite is baby bok choy. He thrashes his head around tearing off pieces of the leafy delight, and makes short work of eating the whole thing.
Digger hasn't stopped growing yet. He will most likely be 12-15 inches long, and approximately 15 or more pounds. The lifespan of tortoises is 80-100 years. That is just fine with Jordan. He wants Digger to grow up with him and be in his life forever, or as he says, F-O-R-E-V-E-R!!!!!!!