Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Virginia, United States
Posted May 11, 2012
I rescued one from a customer who was about to run it over. This was my first time ever seeing one. I had never heard of a turtle that was almost completely white with a few black spots. By looking at its anatomy I learned that it was aquatic. I attained it at about 6 inches and it grew about 10 inches in about 3 years. As it got older it started getting prone to fungus so I added some salt to the water and it solved the problem. It was always active, if it wasn't basking it was looking for food, and trying to eat something. It used to wrestle the submersible pump I had. I then saw them at the VA marine science museum. and learned what it was, and was astonished that it was indigenous to where I lived in Virginia Beach, and was an endangered species. I then donated it. I've come to the conclusion that they are so cool that if people were to own them as pets, they would not be endangered anymore.