Who you callin' baby?
If you torture yourself by reading Pure Florida on a regular basis, you may be familiar with the continuing saga of the baby turtles. If you're a newbie (welcome!), you might want to check out this post for how the turtles and I met.
The turtle breakdown so far:
One has passed. My fault...dammit.
Two are living with a fellow science teacher who is gaga for the carapace/plastron crowd.
One is making a little boy happy. He calls me "Hey Turtle Man" when he sees me ... his grandma works at our school and he's there in the afternoon. Grandma says if she had known turtles were so easy, she never would have gotten him that puppy.
One went to live in Mom's goldfish pond, but seems to have left.
Six are still living with us at PFHQ, waiting for the pond to fill.
Somewhere in the archives are at least two other baby turtle updates and one of them (Turtle Soup?) has a pic of the a tiny turtle in this soup spoon.
Same spoon above, but the turtle fills it much more completely these days. This turtle was very cooperative ... who knew turtles had such a sense of balance?
Of course, most of these turtles are destined to be released. I just keep dragging my feet and finding excuses not to do so.
I'll probably keep two as true pets, let two go in the pond, and then one in the Suwannee and the other in the Waccasassa rivers.
Now it's fall again and I hate to let them go just prior to the harshest weather of the year. Seems to me a spring release would be best ...what?
Why yes, I am making excuses for keeping them around just a little bit longer. Guilty as charged.
The pond is marshy these days after some good recent rains, but still so low that I expect it to dry up over the winter. It's not really ready for them yet. In the meantime, the turtles could use some bigger digs, so I'm thinking about an old livestock tank I was saving for some aquaculture time/money waster. It could make a good turtle tank until next spring.
The turtle above is the biggest, but the rest are closing in fast. The distinct variation in sizes that existed for the first six months is melting away as they all are growing so well. It's getting hard to identify Squirtle, the tiny runt of the litter. I suppose I should give credit to ReptoMin turtle food as it seems to be supplying all they need for healthy growth. If it's not made in Florida, it should be, because it's a good product.
So rest easy, the baby turtles are fine.
One less thing for you to worry about.