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Oslo

Diamondback Terrapin

Overall satisfaction

2.75/5

Acquired: Pet store

Gender: N/A

Appearance

4/5

Health

4/5

ActivityLevel

2/5

Temperament

2/5

Easy to provide habitat

4/5

Easy to handle

3/5

Visibility

2/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

2/5

Easy to Feed

5/5

Easy to provide environmental needs

4/5

Oslo - My sons pet was not turtely satisfactory

By

South Dublin, Ireland

Posted Sep 09, 2015

When we first got our terrapins we were all quite interested in them although we hadn't had any experience of them before. In the pet shop, my son was enchanted by Oslo's "angry old man face" and the fact that the terrapin would stare at him for long periods. The other idea at the time was a bird but this seemed like an easier/safer option for my 11 year old son. Having got everything suggested by the store to make Oslo's tank a home we brought him home and settled him in. My son is good with animals and is always careful not to startle or scare them so I was surprised that Oslo never liked being handled. He didn't over handle him or do anything untoward, Oslo just didn't want to be handled. While there were moments of fun and laughter about Oslo and his tankmate Ripley, he never captured our hearts like other pets did. Watching them sunbathe (usually one on top of the other) or "letting them loose" in the garden was fun but these events soon became a chore for my son, rather than a pleasure. Similarly, cleaning out the tank was a relatively major and smelly task. Generally it was done with or by me and with protestations from all around by the rest of the family, due to the smell. Im not sure what we could have done differently with Oslo to enhance the experience for him and us and there were no great complaints about sending him to live with our cousins. Their experience is similar to ours, initial fascination followed by a lack of interest. Maybe its the terrapins, maybe its something in our family genes but we wont be trying terrapins again.

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