Posted Dec 28, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed having Fred. We found him on the side of the road and he was about 5 inches in diameter, so not very big. He was a calm turtle and mostly kept to himself. He would munch on lettuce and sometimes carrots. However, he did not eat a lot, so do not put a lot in the cage, or it will just rot in the cage. I learned this the hard way. It is advised not to handle turtles too much because of the germs they may carry, however we did get Fred out sometimes and let him walk around the yard. He enjoyed it and we always washed our hands after handling. Fred never tried to bite anyone except when we first got him. After he warmed up to us, we didn't have any problems with him. I would have to say, the worse part about owning a turtle is cleaning their tank. We had Fred in a regular size fish tank with rocks and a little bit of water in a small plate. However, turtles are not the cleanest animals and their cages can acquire a smell quickly. So we always cleaned it about once a week and just put Fred in the yard (with supervision) while we were cleaning it. So, overall, I love having a turtle, but if you do not like having to clean a cage frequently, it may not be the pet for you. The attached picture looks just like Fred.