After my last spending summary post, a few of you were very interested in my pet turtle. So he’s getting his own post. Toby the turtle has been my pet for nearly three years, but he was already four years old (and fully grown) when I got him. He’s a saw-shelled turtle, which is a native Australian species named because the back of its shell looks like a saw.
When I first got him, I put half a flower pot into his tank so that he had somewhere to hide. Instead of hiding, he used the flower pot to climb out of the tank and I came home to find the tank empty. At that house his tank was upstairs in our kitchen, right next to some stairs with a concrete floor below. I had a minor heart attack, picturing him smashed open on the floor.
Luckily he’d gone the other way and I found him safe and sound under the couch in the living room (don’t worry, he can survive indefinitely out of the water as long as he doesn’t get too hot). He escaped another two times before I managed to find a lid for his tank that worked.
His favourite thing to do is to eat. I feed him at night just before I go to bed, and if I stay up to late he starts hanging out at that end of the tank and waving his arms around to get my attention. At the moment he has some crayfish living in the tank with him, which I put in there as food. He’s not very interested in eating them though, and prefers his turtle pellets, so he has some friends.
His second favourite thing to do is to climb out of the water onto his platform and bask under his UV light. When I’m working from home I just watch him do this over and over and over again all day. Funnily enough, he never seems to do it when other people are here. My sister stayed for four days and he never did it while we were home.
Cleaning his tank is probably my least favourite thing about him (he makes a mess!), but I love him dearly and am happy he will be part of my life for the next 20 or so years.
Do you have any pets?