This looks familiar lol #DrEvanAntin
#Repost @dr.evanantin
The #Tortoise and the #Hare…MEME THIS!
While tortoise and rabbits have many differences (mammal vs reptile; fast vs slow; high alert vs relatively “chill”; fuzzy vs scaly+shell), they have something very much in common!
And that’s their #gastrointestinal tract and they’re both #herbivores !
Both tortoises and rabbits are “Hind Gut Fermenters.” The hind gut, in reference to their large intestines, is extremely important because billions of bacterial colonies, essential to their daily livelihood, actually ferment all that grass and hay and plant material they ingest (aka consume aka eat). Grass and hay innately have very little nutritional value yet tortoises and rabbits still need the exact same macronutrient building blocks that we as humans (as well as our pet dogs) need for daily metabolic function: Proteins, Carbohydrates, & Fats.
It’s this valuable fermentation process that converts low-nutritional value plants to digestible proteins/carbs/fats and the bacteria doing the fermenting need “food” everyday to maintain proper health and function. Hence rabbits and tortoises eating CONSTANTLY.
FYI for this same reason, many antibiotics that are ok for carnivores and omnivores are in fact fatal for hind-gut fermenters because they can kill off the “good” bacteria in their guts (ie penicillins, cephalosporins, most macrolides). Isn’t gastrointestinal physiology just fascinating!? Another FYI, “turtles” ARE NOT hind gut fermenters because they’re omnivores or carnivores so “turtle” is NOT synonymous with “tortoise.”
Last FYI, horses and guinea pigs are also hind-gut fermenters!
#nerd #GI #health #digestion #vet #veterinary #tortoiseandthehare #exotics #didwelearnsomethingtoday #dontjudgemynerdlevel #itsbadsometimes #🤓

amazing footage. We gotta keep these babies thriving! 


Fred my sulcata tortoise age 20

Head scritches and snuggles, feel good no matter how old you are 😀


National Hat Day, Dr. Seuss-Style!, Part 1
(Parts 2, 3, and 4)

Gather ‘round, gather ‘round,
Today is the day!
To the milliner’s we are bound
For National Hat Day!

Behold, one and all,
So fluffy and brand new,
Homemade and tall,
My Truffula hat of the brightest hue!

Who remembers my first ever National Hat Day outfit?  💚🐢😎


Here’s me actually interacting with a fandom chain for once- so here’s my take on @whiteleyfoster’s Sunshine Chain- except I don’t have a cat, so will Pebbles the Tortoise do?

👒  Happy National Hat Day!  🧢

A holiday just for hats and my Mexican vacation in the mail from friends @wafflesworld can mean only one thing:  ¡Es la fiesta de Señor GRUMP!  ¡Vamonos!  🎉🎁🌵🏖🎩🐢😤


He’s BIG! … but still loves to be LOVED.


I get those hyped up feels when my mummy puts fresh food in my bowl! 🐢🍽🥗😋

It’s a cold and dreary January weekday, which means it’s the perfect time to break out my presents from friends @wafflesworld for my sixth birthday last August:  A Mexican vacation in the mail!  A dandelion-yellow pool floatie with a great big cactus (sadly not nomable—I blame customs!), three festive torts to get the party started, and of course, my magnificent Señor GRUMP sombrero!  🎉🌵🏖🎩🐢😎

We were gonna wash the pool so the turtles got to swim a bit on it. As a treat.