||Three years old|
||North American Box Turtle|
||Portland, Oregon, USA|
is Professor Sprinkles, he is three years old in human years, but ten
years old in turtle years. Professor Sprinkles is kind of a long name, I
know. But I named him that because of when I first saw him. The first time I
saw him was at Critter Cabana where they have a big variety of pets. They
took him out of his cage so I could see him. On his back were little patterns
that make up his shell. They kind of looked like sprinkles. But I thought
Sprinkles was a kind of plain name for him, since he looked so wild, so I
decided on Professor Sprinkles, but around the house we just call him "turtle."
Professor Sprinkles is always doing something. His daily routine is: sleep in
log, wake up, walk over to corner of cage, sit there, sit there more, keep on
sitting until someone gets home, try to play with them, eat dinner, then at
bedtime, go into his log to sleep. Prof. Sprinkles is very athletic. He likes
walking around the house. Unfortunately he is very small and has to be
watched while active, but he loves to walk in his forty-gallon tank.
He is very weird because he is kind of like a cat. His favorite food is cat
food. When he eats his cat food, he'll sniff it and then stuff his face in
it. We give him the squishy kind.
Professor Sprinkles is very cool because he loves to run. Sometimes on the
weekends I will pick him up and take him to the hallway and he will just
start walking. He tried to walk up the stairs, but gave up when he saw how
high they were. Prof. Sprinkles walks a lot. He walked to the kitchen and
almost under the fridge. Thankfully, I grabbed him right before he did. He
also walked all the way to the family room, dining room, living room and to
Professor Sprinkles is also afraid of lots of things. The other day I got two
betta fish. I thought Prof. Sprinkles would like to meet them, but when he
saw them he poked his head inside his shell. He is also afraid of grapes. I
put two grapes in his cage and then he sniffed them and walked away and never
came back to that side of the cage again until I removed them. He is also
afraid of his own image! I put him in front of a mirror so he could see
himself but he hid inside his shell. again. Silly turtle!
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