Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted Jul 23, 2015
Dr. Tran was an adolescent when we initially found him stranded near the bay. After taking him in for about a month, we had a very interesting experience with our first turtle.
Pros: Very easy to feed and maintain. With a lower activity level, Dr. Tran did his own thing and displayed a healthy amount of activity. We worked with him to make sure he was exercised appropriately to help him build up strength. Feeding and handling were a breeze.
Cons: Adapting and socializing Dr. Tran took a few weeks. He wouldn't eat at times and had to be gently coaxed out of his shell or hiding spots. After that hurdle, though, he proved to be quite the fighter - and beach bum. The only other major drawback was the smell. Turtles aren't the most fragrant of animals and an open terrarium like he had didn't do muck to mask it.
For a first time experience with a turtle, I was pleased. We got to release him (with careful supervision from an actual animal care expert) back into his habitat and I will admit to missing him for some time after. For a lower maintenance pet with a beautiful coloring, a turtle might very well be a good choice for you.