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January 18, 2002

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Spirogyra, the Pet of the Day
Name: Spirogyra
Age: Three years old
Gender: Male
Kind: African Marsh Terrapin
Home: South Africa
   Spirogyra is a three-year-old African Marsh Terrapin, they live for about 20 years. I bought him from a guy for R100 ($8.79), who was going to eat him for lunch. He first wanted R15 000 ($1,315), but quickly dropped his price when he realized he could buy a much bigger meal than the small reptile would ever be with just R100. He's a great pet because during winter he hibernates under my bed or in my pillow and doesn't wake up until spring. He can roll over and enjoys having his head scratched. Spiro loves eating worms and catching fish - when he is not overcome by laziness.

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