This is Sam! Isn’t he fascinating? Not all pets have paws. Sam is a Sulcata, also known as an African spur-thighed tortoise. When Sam was first purchased at the pet store, he was no bigger than the palm of a hand. That was seven years ago and Sam still has another 70 years or more of life and growing to go.
Sam belongs to my friend and neighbor Amy and her family. They bought Sam years ago because one of their sons is allergic to cats and dogs. Sam lived in a terrarium at first, but outgrew it some time back. In the spring, summer, and fall he lives in the back yard. He has his own pool of water to wade in and a dog house fitted with a heating lamp. He eats grass and vegetable scraps, and is notorious for getting into the garden and steeling more vegetables. In the winter, Sam has to stay in the basement. The basement is a good size, but Sam doesn’t like it. Sam’s family wants to make a larger outdoor house for him that can be kept warm before this next winter comes.
There I go, getting carried away with words again on Wordless Wednesday. But Sam is so darned interesting! Even Pierson thought so. He wasn’t really too sure of what to think of Sam. Sam didn’t mind Pierson. After all, his relatives have to deal with lions!
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