As someone who owns a tortoise, I am thinking of giving my tortoise a semi-cameo in my fantasy series. At the same time, I will be combining the idea of my tortoise with the Alligator Snapping Turtle and the dinosaurs of old. Imagine an Alligator Snapping Turtle that is as large and powerful as a Tyrannosaurus Rex. At some point, the heroes of my fantasy series will encounter a super predator that is essentially a super sized Alligator Snapping Turtle.
In addition to owning two pit bulls, I also own a desert tortoise named Speed. He just woke up from hibernation, had a turtle spa treatment, and had a hefty breakfast. One could argue that he is a labrador retriever in a turtle’s body because whenever anyone is near, he just walks right up to them begging for affection. Like my pit bulls, I also draw inspiration from Speed. Since my fantasy book features reptilian monsters, I am thinking of studying Speed’s mannerisms and the texture of his scales and incorporate them into my book.