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August 31, 2008

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Speedette, the Pet of the Day
Name: Speedette
Age: Six years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Eastern Box Turtle
Home: Wanchese, North Carolina, USA
 
   Here is a member of our "zoo" as we call our house... this is Speedette. She is a six year old Eastern Box Turtle. We rescued her when she was smaller than a quarter. She needed a good home, and so has lived in our house in a special terrarium in Wanchese, NC ever since.

    She's a special part of our family. She's not furry or cuddly, but she's cool. She reacts to the family's different voices differently, and is not bothered by our cat or dog or the noises they make. She is pretty calm, nothing much bothers her, we can tell, because when frightened, box turtles can retreat inside their shells. We decided to build a nice, spacious outdoor habitat for her this summer, so she can enjoy the sun and nice weather of the Carolina summer - after all, the Latin name for her species is "Terrapene carolina."

    Although we love her and have her as a pet, turtles and tortoises don't generally make good pets for just anyone. They need a lot of special care. They need a varied diet, the right food, and right temperature conditions. Please do your research before getting one!

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