Posted Jun 03, 2015
We got my turtle from a friend who didn't have the space to house him anymore. We've had him for more than fifteen years since then. Turtle's aren't the most cuddly of pets, but they are hardy and durable, able to survive in a range of environments. My red eared slider lived in a glass aquarium when we first got him, and he grew considerably in the first few years. Once we put a pond into our backyard, the turtle spent the summer months in the pond, and the winter months in the aquarium inside, and the changing environments didn't effect him at all. After a few years of this he became an entirely outdoor pet, spending the whole year in the pond, hibernating during the winter at the bottom, even though the pond was man made.
Even now, the turtle lives out in the back pond. He likes to pull himself out onto the rocks and lay in the sun, but he is very shy when people come near, jumping into the pond so no one can get to close. Predictably, he doesn't like to be touched or held, even when he lived in the aquarium in the house.
Overall, turtles are a great addition to aquariums or back yard ponds. They don't require any more maintenance than the pond itself does, and they eat any store brought turtle food pretty easily.