Meet, Spud, a Russian tortoise. He came from PetSmart during spring break, as a belated birthday gift. We told Christopher he could get a tortoise for his birthday, but none of the pet stores we went to had any. When Lindsey and Christopher went to the pet store recently to buy food for her birds, they saw the tortoise in the store. He was the only one in stock, so the next day, Kelly took Christopher to bring home his first pet.
Russian tortoises have a lifespan of about 50 years, and Spud is about one and a half years old now. He eats carrot peelings and leafy greens like kale, lettuce, celery, and occasionally, apples. He lives in Christopher's bedroom in a large see-through storage tote, filled with store-bought sand and various turtle playground equipment. Kelly sawed the lid off and designed and attached an ultra violet light, which Spud needs about twelve hours of per day. Kelly and the kids took Spud outside for an adventurous photo op last week, and these are some of his poses. He had a heyday outside and really enjoyed it, and was crawling all over the place. Christopher is taking good care of his pet and hopes to have him for years.