Elmer The Turtle.
Pictures Of Elmer
Elmer the turtle joined my family in February in February of 2003. He is the sole survivor of the many creatures that were included in the gift my wife had given me for Valentines Day that year. Elmer is partially responsible for the demise of some of the creatures he shared a tank with for about a week. He ate the frog, snails, and hermit crab that were in the tank and his waste material fouled the water and killed several of the fish. One gold fish lived to be six years old and grew to a length of 18 inches!
Elmer eats meal worms, turtle sticks, strawberries, tomatoes, raspberries, radishes, honey ham, chicken, and a good piece of steak. He can be hand fed the turtle food, but gets too aggressive when served meat.
Elmer whistles when he is hungry, cold, or scared. During our many moves while my wife was in medical school, he would whistle for hours at a time during the drive to our new home. He recently went to my son's school for show and tell during which he whistled non-stop which thoroughly thrilled the first grade class, my son has a whistling turtle! There were many questions asked about the turtle, one of which was what kind of turtle he was. We had to answer that we did not know. Until that point in time we had no reason to question what kind of turtle Elmer was.
When we got home that afternoon my son and I began to search our turtle book to see if we could find our turtle and we found nothing. We then went on the Internet to see if we can find some information about our turtle and after several hours could only find one turtle that looked like ours. We even contacted the Columbus Zoo because they had some turtles in their tanks that looked like Elmer, but they never returned our phone calls or E-mails even though we sent pictures.
So maybe someone on Hub pages will be able to identify our turtle and share that information with us. We would also like to know some care tips such as cleaning the shell and what type of environment should be set up in Elmer's tank. We appear to be doing something right, he has survived almost ten years, but we want to make sure there is not more we can do to make his life more comfortable.