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Herp Room Animal of the Month December

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Published on Dec 15, 2011

Hello everybody; Austin Conley here, welcoming you to the Herp Room Animal of the Month on the Delaware Nature Society Blog for Kids! The herp room is the site where all of Ashland's education animals live year-round. Every month you will get to choose one of these animals to receive this coveted title and learn some really cool facts about them. For the first Herp Room Animal of the Month, it seems only right that it should be awarded to... the Yellow-footed Tortoise!
Affectionately referred to as "Speedbump," the yellow footed tortoise is the oldest animal (approximately 35) at Ashland Nature Center and also, one of the most popular. He is native to northern South America, typically around the outskirts of the dense rainforests. These turtles are diurnal, meaning they are awake during the daytime, in which they feed on various fruits, berries, vegetation, and slow moving animals such as snails and worms. They are remarkably long-lived animals that can be up to 60 years old! They are also quite social, with various noises and head movements to impress the ladies or to tell other males to take a hike. You can tell a male tortoise from a female because the male has a big dent on the bottom of his shell.
Here at Ashland, this big guy is spoiled with salads three times a week and a nice juicy worm once a week. The yellow-footed tortoise participates in the annual International Turtle Race at the Harvest Moon Festival, though he has never won. He prefers to munch on the clover instead of actually competing.
Well I hope you enjoyed learning about the yellow-footed tortoise. Make sure you keep checking the blog to see when you can vote for next month's Herp Room Animal of the Month. Until next time, this Austin Conley saying; stay wild!

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