Malti is a baby red-foot tortoise. She takes her name from the red dots on her feet.
This was Malti the first day I brought her home.
This is Malti now.
About her gender: Malti’s breeder and her vet are both pretty sure she is a girl tortoise. We will know for sure if her shell shape stays more oval-round as she grows up. Stay tuned….!
About her name: “Malti” is an Indian girl’s name meaning “small fragrant jasmine flower.” After many months of sharing life together, I can verify she smells like nothing of the sort. But I’ve always loved the name, so Malti it is.
About red-foots: Red-foot tortoises (Chelonoidis carbonaria) hail from warm, tropical South America. They can grow as large as 19″ long and live for 50+ years. They have great vision and smell (hearing not so much) and are very smart and curious.
And me? My name is Shannon, and I’m a first-time red-foot tortoise mama.
So here we are. Pearl, Malti & me.
We are glad you came to visit us.🙂
Shannon, Malti & Pearl
p.s. You can visit Pearl at his blog – www.loveandfeathers.com