Acquired: Pet store
Posted Mar 04, 2014
From my personal experience I don't recommend terrapins as good pets, They smell really bad and don't do much at all, and mine was mean and bite me a lot.
These creatures need ALOT of care. They have very specific environmental and dietary needs. It's food was expensive, prawns, terrapin specialised food, and snacking on lettuce aswell.
I seemed to be forever cleaning him out, because if he doesn't eat all his food, it would dirty the tank. Producing a vile stench that fills the house. Which I found embarrassing to invite my friends over.
Aswell as this, I never got any affection, it's not an animal you can take out and pet. Instead I just slaved after it in some respects and not even get any acknowledgement in return. It was just grumpy and mean. Even when I offered him food he would try to attack my fingers.
A large factor to consider is how long they live aswell, they can go up to 20 yrs, so make sure you realize before buying..
They aren't cheap, but what animals really are these days, it's part and parcel of taking on board a pet, but you must ensure you research terrapins before going out and splashing the cash on one.