Myrtle the Sulcata

What better way to start the new year than with a face full of food? The lovely Myrtle is one of our most popular animals on our Instagram account, azfamilyzoo.

Myrtle came to us along with her friend Yertle a few years ago. We were contacted about a Facebook post in our area regarding two sulcata tortoises needing a new home. Their owners were moving to Mexico and could not take the tortoises with them.

When these tortoises are small, they fit in the palm of your hand. In 5 years, they’re about the size of a football, and they continue to grow. Myrtle is close to 70 lb. During the warmer months, she can easily eat a grocery bag full of greens and vegetables. We are always thrilled when we find marked down produce or get lucky enough to get some of the scraps from the produce department.

Myrtle and the Gang wish you a very happy new here. Thank you to everyone who has visited our Etsy shop and helped support our sanctuary. There are still a few calendars left, available through PayPal purchase on our website homepage or through our Etsy shop. Stop by and have a look. As always, thank you for reading and have a happy animal filled day.

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