Not another small person…
A tortoise 🙂
We had been mulling this over for ages, and then this weekend, “Speedy” serendipitously presented herself to us.
She arrived complete with the house she has been living in, and a heat lamp, and so is a true Make Do and Mend pet.
The Smalls are VERY excited!
And before you say it, yes, I do know they carry Salmonella. And yes, I am making sure the Smalls wash their hands if they have touched her.
Although they are under strict instructions not to pick her up as I am in fear of dropping incidents.
We were initially told that Hermann’s tortoises can live to 125-150 years old, and told BigSmall that she might still be around when he has kids, but with a bit more research, we found that the average life expectancy is 75 years.
We are now ‘managing Big Small’s expectations’ a little more realistically…
Hubby is also very excited at the opportunity to make a whole new tortoise house for her, and I have told him that he is not allowed to buy any new wood, so it will be an upcycled marvel.
He keeps mentioning conservatories, and bedrooms-I think I might want to move in too…