It’s hard to believe! The Indian Star tortoise hatchlings are almost three months old, and it’s time to split them up into larger habitats.
Just a few months ago, they were exploding out of their egg shells. Time flies.
Getting a first bath
And now they’re ready to move on to bigger and better things.
Here’s the fun part. I have picked out a pair of them that I am hoping to write about. At least in blog posts, but possibly a series of children’s books. And here’s where the contest comes in. They need names. Really cool ones.
Taking a sunbath and having some breakfast. Will they be Moon Pie and Air Mail forever?
Send me your suggestions. I’ll narrow it down to a few of my favorites, and readers will get to vote. The person(s) who submitted the two names that are ultimately selected will win a prize. I have two ideas for prizes at the moment. Neither involves shipping a live animal, but they’ll be cool.
Here’s what you need to know:
Enter by submitting your suggestions in the comments box. One pair of names per comment, but you can suggest more than one pair of names.
Gender-neutral names are preferable. The tortoises were incubated as females, but sometimes surprises happen. If they’re creative and awesome enough, though, I’ll definitely consider gender specific names.
Beware of copyright infringement. These names will be used publicly, so I’ll be skipping over Edward/Bella, Sheldon/whoever the hot girl he’s supposed to be in love with, etc.
Think outside the box. Clever and cute will win me any day. I once owned a red-foot (no, not THAT kind of red-foot, sj! A red-footed tortoise) I named Rigger Tortoise.
Be appropriate. These are names my kids will be reading. And my mom.
The finalists will not be chosen by a robo-number-picker-thingy. The finalists will be chosen by me. So wow me! Knock my non-existent socks off! (it’s Chaco season, you know).
Finalists will be posted for voting on June 1. Or somewhere thereabouts. Don’t hold me to the specific date in case I’m getting my hair done or something. When finalists have been posted, the contest will be closed at that point to new submissions.
International entries are permitted. I may have to change the final prize at the end if someone outside the US wins, due to cost of shipping. But you’ll get something awesome.
I reserve the right to:
Lose my mind, thereby rendering contest null and void.
End submissions early or late. Or whatever.
Dye my hair purple. Just because. I told you I might get my hair done.
End the contest without a winner because Squish wants to stick with the names “Moon Pie” and “Air Mail.”
So there you have it! So easy! Now get to suggesting!