Newest Member of the Family

Well after much consternation, googling and phone calls to people asking about turtles, I decided to get Pricilla a friend. There is much debate in the world on whether turtles are solitary or not.  I have done a lot of kayaking with my mom and I always see turtles in groups.  Pricilla has been happier without Gus, so while I was sad about the loss of Gus she clearly was not.  A friend suggested that potentially she pushed him out of the tank.   It could be true.  I spent a lot of time worrying and looking for Gus. He seems to really be gone. I think he did make a run for the pond near my house. At least that i how I am going to think of him (lets hope we do not find him at some point later).

So I did look to see if I could adopt a turtle.  The issue with turtles like people is that they do not always get along. I of course could NOT setup a second tank if the new turtle and Pricilla did not get along. So I called a girl that was willing to give me a trial with her red-eared slider. Then I went to the store around the corner from me. Cyndi is the owner. She and I talked and she suggested that I get a different kind of turtle. She said in this case they often ignore each other. She had a male painted turtle. He was not shy at all, but not aggressive. He would come right over and say hi!  She said I could try him out for a couple of days and see how it went. So he came home with me yesterday afternoon.

Donatello in Log

I put him in the tank and he went right over to Pricilla to introduce himself.  At first she was a bit shocked, then she seemed curious. She followed him all around.  I could not tell if they were okay or not but decided to let it go for a while. He made himself right at home. He got on the platform and swam all around.  She just kept following him.  Then after a while they settled into the new jungle I created.

Pricilla and DonatelloPricilla in jungle


They both like to hid in there.  They have mostly been hanging out. For the most part where one goes the other seems to go.  Since I am trying to feed them on the platform feeding has not been to complicated yet. The new turtle did let me feed him by hand.  We will see how it goes today.

Based on his personality I have decided to call him Donatello.  I hope that they will be happy together. It makes me sad to think of Pricilla all alone forever in the tank….. So while I am sad also for the loss of Gus I do hope he is happy where ever he is!



2 thoughts on “Newest Member of the Family

  1. No surprise you made your decision yesterday Adrienne! Sounds like Pricilla is adapting just fine, and they re getting along swimmingly, ha ha. Sounds like a match meant to be.

    I’m with you regarding Gus…let’s just hope he made it to the pong & is in a much happier place.

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  2. Welcome Donatello! It all sounds like you handled it so thoughtfully. You’re a natural turtle mom! I tend to think of all beings as communal too so getting her a companion makes sense to me. How fun that they are hiding and hanging out together! 🐢🌾🐢 I’m happy for you all.
    P.s. I told Jake about Gus and the first thing he said was ‘maybe Priscilla pushed him out.’ Honestly, that never crossed my mind. Regardless, I’m glad Donatello is on her good side. 😉

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