Is it possible for a tortoise to bond with it’s human? Due to severe allergies to dogs and cats, we have never had any household pets. There is no allergic reaction to turtles and tortoises. The upside to this pet, they require love and attention six months of the year tops. They don’t cost a fortune to feed. If you introduce them to prickly pear fruit, there’s a bounty available several months out of the year with just a short walk into the desert.
There are days when this guy/gal is just a bundle of movement, you can’t even get a clear shot.
Today the objective was to get a picture of this cute little face covered in prickly pear juice. This is the first year the tortoise has eaten prickly pear. It’s been mixed greens all the way when hibernation days are over. Tortoises main source of water intake is what they consume in their food. When he hears me near his den, he comes peeking out to see if I’m going to feed him. If he’s already walking around in his little habitat, he will come over and give me the “what have you got for me today” look. He will let you hand feed him too.
He’s extremely polite and has never tried to bite. He also enjoys the occasional head or chin rub too. They don’t rush to greet you when you come home. They don’t like to be cuddled. They are low maintenance and can fend for themselves when necessary. You grow to love their cute little faces and pink tongue. Do you have turtles or tortoises? What’s their favorite food?
Desert Tortoises are protected. If you see one in the desert, please don’t remove it. This one was born in someone’s yard the product of mating parents. If you own a tortoise, never release them into the desert. If you would like to adopt one, adoptions are available through Tucson’s Desert Museum.