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The Adventures of Littlefoot the Great

bay-bay-gal:

littlefootdoesstuff:

bay-bay-gal:

Forever that weird turtle girl #tbt

Don’t worry, Mommy says there are a lot of you out there… whatever that means.

At least I’m not the only one



Never! There’s a lot of you! I currently have five brothers and/or sisters. I am the only box turtle though! You can find lots of turtle enthusiasts through tumblr and feel less of a ‘weird turtle girl’ :) View Larger

bay-bay-gal:

littlefootdoesstuff:

bay-bay-gal:

Forever that weird turtle girl #tbt

Don’t worry, Mommy says there are a lot of you out there… whatever that means.

At least I’m not the only one

Never! There’s a lot of you! I currently have five brothers and/or sisters. I am the only box turtle though! You can find lots of turtle enthusiasts through tumblr and feel less of a ‘weird turtle girl’ :)

I appreciate your message in regards to the baby box turtle video. Yes, the baby box turtle in the video was brought to me by a client who had questions regarding husbandry. As you noted in your keen observations, I assisted the client in making several corrections as far as husbandry- including exposure to UVB light, a balanced diet and proper humidity. Nowhere in the video did it state this was the "perfect turtle" the vid was created to educate newbies and I apologize if you were offended. from tacticalveterinarian

Wow, what an eloquent response. Usually when I get asks they are angry and calling me names, also frequently littered with expletives. Anyway, I was just concerned that you might’ve thought that that turtle was fine. Being a veterinarian, I feel like it being able to show people what not to do while at the same time educating them what to do was a great teaching point that you missed out on.
I hope the owner now gives that baby the right care. He will likely keep the shell deformities, but his scutes could start growing in normally on the bottom with your advice.


2001

blindskywatcher:

so tonight my long time pet turtle 2001 finally died.

i knew something was wrong with him, his old energy had gone within a year of owning him and i kind of figured the end was near.

the reason of course is that i was given to him by someone who had gotten him from the wild down south and took him back up here with his brothers and sisters to give out as pets. i know the old woman meant well but we knew there was something wrong with this. 2001 wasnt your average petco box turtle, he was very obviously different in quite a few regards, and i knew that honestly, he wasnt going to last long in this environment. i did as much research on the little guy as i possibly could to try to care for him properly, but in the end it just wasnt enough, there was some crucial info i was missing.

had he come locally, i would have released him back into the wild as soon as i got him, but since he came from down south and turtles of this variety arent native to our area, he would have frozen to death or been attacked by squirrels or something.

the only thing i could have done was keep him as best as i could and hope and give it my all.

im going to miss him, the stoic little dude was there to listen to me rant and rave, he was the friend who always listened, never flinched when i yelled and kept a calm demeanor. he was a cute little bugger too, running around on his little claws and chomping his greens, he was alarmingly fast AND could even right himself when flipped on his back, and ill miss him to pieces. i may consider another turtle in the future, but this one was special to me, more special to me than any of the other pets ive had over the years. i love him, and i feel so bad that i couldnt properly care for him

i guess the moral of the story is, dont adopt wild animals as pets, not only can it be dangerous to you, but also probably dangerous to the animal, its okay if you see a turtle to take pictures, talk about them, but please dont just take and keep them, especially if you live far away and cant recognize the species.

im so sorry 2001, buddy, i really am. ill miss you soo much.

Your sorrow really is touching. I can tell that you cared deeply for this turtle. Don’t blame yourself, sometimes all we can do is provide the best that we can. He could have had a wild-contracted problem with him from the start. You will never know, but don’t blame yourself. There is enough passion in your words to know you truly tried your hardest.
Also thank you for the testament to not taking box turtles from the wild, most people don’t understand that and just want to make everything a pet but it really is detrimental to the population.