to Melissa Kelly's website, TurtleWhisperer.com!
loves turtles & tortoises and has been dubbed the Turtle
Melissa's interest in Chelonians started around age 8 with native
turtles and now has expanded into Tortoises!
is Melissa's very first exotic tortoise.
Tater is a baby Sulcata Tortoise (Geochelone sulcata) and has quickly
become the favorite tortoise for Melissa,
her family and friends.
is Melissa's mischievous Russian Tortoise.
Lemon-head is quite a character like most Russian tortoises (Testudo horsfieldii)
everything. Lemon-head is always sniffing and eating whatever she finds
floor which sometimes includes poop! Melissa tries to stop Lemon-head
from eating what she shouldn't but Lemon-head can be sneaky!
Turtle & Tortise Artwork
The mystery of Melissa's
tortoise flipping. Solved! Melissa
theorizes that Tater's
mysterious flipping must be from a little hidden spring that pops out
not around. Click the picture
to play Melissa's short
Melissa hopes this animation will help other baby sulcata
tortoise owners to
understand why baby sulcata's are often found flipped over on their
"Hungry Tortoise Eyeing Food"
is Melissa's drawing inspired by Lemon-head's never ending hunger!
An Illustrated Turtle
once was a girl who lived in a shoe.
She had so many turtles she didn't know what to
She fed them all lettuce with calcium on top.
It was enough to make them go flippity-flop.
She put them to bed all soundly sleepy.
With their heads laying down all soundly