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Saturday, 6 October 2018

Meet Stanley !


This is our youngest grand-daughter with Stanley … he is a Hermann’s Tortoise. They are native to southern parts of Europe, and Hermann’s enjoy temperatures between 73*F to 99*F (23*C -37*C). Stanley has a special heat lamp in his 'table-house'. Hermann's are one of the most readily available tortoises in the pet trade market and is partly due to this breeds intelligence as they have been known to recognize their owners. This breed grows to about 10 inches (25cm).

Stanley was a special gift from 'Father Christmas' and he is being very well cared for … 

This may seem a strange thing to say, but he is quite a character! He loves exploring his table-house terrain and when he's awake seems to enjoy being part of the conversation because he moves himself so that he's near to where the families voices are coming from, it really is quite sweet.

The oldest known Hermann’s tortoise in the UK was over 110 years! This is a rare case, but a happy and healthy Hermann’s tortoise should be expected to live for over 50 years so they are certainly a long term commitment. Stanley, (like other Hermann's), is a vegetarian and enjoys a diet which has a lot of different dark leafy greens... he tucks into them. 

All the best Jan

27 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

He's lovely, and eating healthily, too! Have a great weekend, Valerie

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Uma longa vida têm estas tartarugas.
Um abraço e bom fim-de-semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
Livros-Autografados

mxtodis123 said...

Awe, both your granddaughter and the tortoise are so adorable. I never realized how smart they were until one of my clients gave me three of them at work.

laurie said...

That’s amazing, I never knew that, I would love one but at 62 I think they might out live me!

Linda said...

Cute granddaughter! Maybe he would enjoy a companion since he seems to want to be near the action.

Christine said...

Adorable photo, pleased to meet Stanley!

Louca por porcelana said...

They are adorable!Hugs!

Sami said...

Pleased to meet Stanley. I didn't realise that tortoises were that clever. He's certainly got a long life ahead of him :)

Margie from Toronto said...

My mom had a tortoise - in fact I think it was my grandparents' to start - liked out in the garden when warm enough and it lived to about 50 years by all accounts!

DIMI said...

Hello! Your granddaughter and Stanley are so cute!
Thank you for sharing all those information!
Wishing you a lovely weekend!
Dimi...

Anne Hagman-Niilola said...

Cute tortoise;-) Have a nice weekend

Lorrie said...

What a sweet photo of Hermann and your granddaughter. I think tortoises are wonderful pets. Our youngest daughter had one long ago, and I agree with you about the animals having personality. There were definite likes and dislikes.

Tom said...

...hi, Stanley!

Chris Lally said...

Thank you for the lovely ray of sunshine!

William Kendall said...

Hello to Stanley!

Elephant's Child said...

A post to make me smile. Thank you.

Cheryl mylittlepieceofengland said...

He is so cute, so is your grand daughter, I’d love a tortoise, but I think the dogs would drive it batty xx

Martha said...

Oh, this is really cute. What a lovely gift from 'Father Christmas' :)

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jan,

Your grand daughter is so very cute and what an amazing little pet Stanley is.
So lovely that she can care for this fun pet and thanks for sharing the interesting post.
Enjoy the weekend
Hugs
Carolyn

Pam Jackson said...

Not strange at all, all critters have a personality well past how we think they are supposed to behave! I had a bottom feeder fish once that would come to the top foe me to “pet” his head! Nature and the critters in it are amazing. So glad your granddaughter is enjoying her babe.

Crafty Green Poet said...

wow, that's a pet for life then!

bill burke said...

Hello to Stanley, you sure sound like a fun character. I like you!

Snowbird said...

It sure is a lifetime commitment! Animals always like company so I'm not surprised Stanley gravitates to the family corner. What a beautiful Granddaughter!xxx

Magic Love Crow said...

This is so cute Jan! I love this!! Big Hugs!

Conniecrafter said...

your granddaughter is so sweet, she looks like she really enjoys him and I didn't know they were that intelligent, that is pretty neat!

sheila 77 said...

Oh lovely post, Jan. I don't think it is strange at all to say that Stanley has a personality as I believe all animals and birds are far more intelligent than we often give them credit for. How nice to think that he might live happily for a long time.

Lisa said...

Lovely to meet Stanley, what a delight he is, wanting to e around and not miss any of the family chatter!
I hope he has a long and happy life.
Lisa x