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!



Gus is gone….

Well it is a sad day.  Sometime yesterday Gus got out again.  I have no idea how, but he seems to be gone. We have looked everywhere for him. I am not sure if he is in the house or if Princess helped with the escape by taking him outside.  Anything is possible. This is why people have turtle cams in their house!  So poor Pricilla is all alone. So what to do?  Do I wait to see if Gus shows up? Do I get Pricilla a new friend? She did not like Gus very much he was very pushy, but not sure she wants to live out all the days of her life alone…..what to do???

Gus Escapes!

Well I was warned and it happened…This morning Gus launched himself from the side of the tank. I heard a big thud and he was out. We were both stunned so he didnot make a mad dash for the door. Also the dogs were stunned so we all just stood there.  I scooped him up and put him back in. So now how to secure them.  I think more acrylic would be best so I will order some today and see what I can do. In the mean time I have a screen over the top to prevent escape from part of it. Not sure how to secure the rest.

Also the feeding is not going well. The pump system is too strong so the floating food just goes right into the filter system. I need to get the turtles on the platform to feed them. So far they HATE the platform. They will not get up there.  I ordered some plants for them so it will not seem so open. i think there is too much light and space up there. They prefer to hide. The plants will be here later on this week.  Here is the current setup until we can provide a more secure turtle location!


Covered Top Covert Top


I have also added a LOT of food to the platform -maybe that will get them over there!

Food  Buffet