Ruger Turtle Update

Saturday, February 19, 2011

For those of you who did not see my first Ruger Turtle blog in September (the hatchling hubby rescued and brought home) here is the link complete with baby pictures:

and a follow up

He is doing really well and has already outgrown the Mangrove Swamp I bought for him. His new abode is a large size Rubbermaid container with a large basking rock, a "hut" made out of the bottom of a large size dark colored plastic bottle, with his UVB/UVA lamp clamped on the side to give him the 8 hrs light required for optimal health.

When I go to see him in the morning he comes out of his "hut" swims over and looks up at me with his beady little eyes. I know he is just looking for food, but it is kind of cute to think that perhaps he is coming to say good morning to his Mommy. He eats an array of food, both commercially prepared for Turtles as well as baby feeder fish bought at the pet store for him to learn how to forage for himself, cooked chicken (one of his favorites) and cooked shrimps (his other favorite).

With an SD card to show his growth

Handsome little face

"You looking at me??"

Periscope up - all clear ahead

On the lam

He can get quite the scamper on and if you turn your back for a moment he's gone!

I wll acclimatize him in the spring for his release - he is a wild animal and I only wanted to increase his chance of winter survival, but I'm not kidding myself: it will be bittersweet to let him go.
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    You've done great creating a little haven for him....Thanks for
    popping by my way!!! emoticon emoticon
    3813 days ago
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    Cute, he has grown so much. emoticon
    3816 days ago
    3816 days ago
    How cute he is. So glad he had you to take care of him.
    3817 days ago
    Very cute!! You rescued it; and maybe he or she thinks you are his Mom.
    Wouldn't it be great to know what animals are thinking??? LOL I would love to know at times. He looks like he is enjoying himself!! He has grown too.
    It will be bitter sweet for you!! I hope he stays close; so you can see him or her!!!
    What a sweet thing to do!! have fun with him or her. Hugs!!
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    3817 days ago
    Awwww how cute! And how awesome are you for ensuring he'll be big enough to have a fighting chance when he is released. Maybe he'll stick close to home after you let him go, then you can continue to enjoy him. In the meantime sounds like he's lots of fun!
    3817 days ago
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