||Three years old|
||New Concord, Ohio, USA|
was a gift from a friend last spring ('07). He's a cool guy, and
enjoys sunning himself on his turtle dock and wandering around the
house, although I can't leave him out of water for too long, so when he
does go on little adventures, they are short-lived. Before I moved his
turtle dock, he would sometimes decide when he wanted out for me,
because he was big enough that he could be on his turtle dock, then
clamber up the walls and poke his little head out of the lid of the
tank's hood! He never got out, though, I would always catch him and put
him back in the tank. So I moved the turtle dock to a different spot and
he doesn't do that anymore, thank goodness.
I named him Torte because it sounds like tortoise, and I thought that
was cute, although he's aquatic, so technically he's a turtle. He
doesn't make any noise, although he will occasionally squeak his long
claws on the glass walls of his tank, and it sounds like he is chirping.
I feed him little reptile/turtle sticks as well as meal worms and the
occasional fresh produce as a treat. Sometimes I'll look at him in his
tank and he'll be swimming in circles, but backwards, and I just can't
help but laugh and wonder if that's how he keeps himself amused, as well as me.
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