Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jul 29, 2015
We first got Burger when he was a little larger than a golf ball. He was super cute and it was easy to put him in a terrarium with some water, one of those plastic logs and a heat lamp. We also had another turtle, but I don't think it affects Burger's behavior. They acted just about the same.
They were always hungry. All the time. If they saw us, they were trying to swim through the glass. They would scrabble for hours while we watched TV, even after being fed. It never got old for them, either.
Eventually they got too large for the tank (they grow to approximately 10 in. in diameter) and we set them free in a pond. We still visit them, and sometimes they see us, at which point they'll start swimming towards us, but if we throw food then it's fine.
Turtles are cute to look at, with their little eyes and toes, but I personally couldn't bond with them, especially since the ones I had were always on autopilot. I've actually felt more connected to tortoises I've seen in the wild. They're definitely not horrible animals, just better off not living in a tank in my house.