Saturday, 21 March 2009

Introducing Trevor the garden helper!


Introducing Trevor - one of my faithful garden helpers.  Well thats the idea anyway!

Trevor is a baby Horsfields tortoise (Testudo horsfieldii) and these beautiful and entertaining little animals love garden weeds!  This, in my eyes, makes him the perfect garden companion.  Like I said he is still a baby, around about 9 months old maybe, but despite his small size he is most definitely large enough to consume all the garden nasties that I can provide.  As you can see in the picture he is devouring a wonderful mix of dandelion, buddleia, blackberry, sticky bud and dead nettle.

At the moment he is living indoors as its still a little chilly and he is due to live outdoors for the summer once the chances of bad weather have passed.  

3 comments:

  1. Will he distinguish between your weeds and the plants you want? I didnt think you could buy tortoises anymore in the UK?!

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  2. I doubt he will but I am growing a selection of plants for him and he will be confined to a certain area.

    Tortoises are widely available throughout Britain. Some need certain paperwork but not horsfields!

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  3. What a fun little helper! My son had a red-bellied slider (aquatic turtle) for a while. He was the size of a half-dollar when we got him. When he got to be 8 inches long, we set him free in a nearby pond. He didn't eat many weeds, but he sure provided a lot of good fertilizer! :)

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