Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Introducing Tortuga...

 Introducing, the newest pet to join the family zoo, Tortuga.

Tortuga is a baby Yellow Bellied Slider, which is a semi-aquatic turtle, native to Florida, and can live up to 40 years.  Tortuga eats water plants, tadpoles, snails, and manufactured turtle food. He likes to eat in the morning, and then bask for the rest of the day like a lazy bum. We have decided he's a boy, not by any scientific means, but by rationalizing that the females in the family (including the 4 hens) have outnumbered the males, and therefore, he should be a boy... That's how we roll around here.

Apparently these little critters can carry salmonella, so in order to purchase him, I had to sign a waiver stating that he would be used for educational purposes. That works out well, as we are homeschoolers, and we love education, especially when it's learning about what we are interested in. So now we have read books a plenty, and are extremely diligent about washing our hands whenever we even think about touching the turtle or his surrounding area.

One of the best ongoing memories I have from growing up, was that my parents allowed us to have SO MANY pets. We had dogs, and birds, and a guinea pig, and snakes (yes, at least 4), and hermit crabs, and lizards, and a turtle, and even Venus Fly Traps that we had to feed. I think that's all I can think of right now. But I LOVED to mother those pets. I made habitats for them, and carried them around like babies, and I see a lot of that in my own children. Because we want to nurture their nurturing instincts, we do our best to say "yes" when at all possible to pet requests. Just this morning Bella asked for a puppy, and this week Grady wanted a snake, so not to worry, they do hear "no" quite a bit as well. 

Welcome to the family, little friend.

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