I presently have two turtles, red earred sliders. One of them, Benedict, I have had since I was 8 years old, I am 36 now. He was a reward from a bowling tournament I won, well, a stage, it was four steps to stardom.
Dipstick, the baby of the two is only roughly 13 years old and he has been with me 10 years now. Dipstick was actually 'damaged/abused' by owners that didn't have a clue. It took a few years but I have corrected his growth problems.
Over the years I have taken many turtles ... two were incredibly large red earred sliders about 20 years of age. Sam and Ella (say it fast ... ); these two had 12 inch shells and personalities. Despite what many think, turtles have personalities and characters. Sam would lead and Ella would eventually follow. Two peas in a pod they were.
I had the privilege of housing a snapper, Canadian one. BamBam was his name and wow was he something to own. As soon as it was lights out, it was demolition time in his tank ... its was always a surprise as to what I would wake to. Interestingly BamBam was housed with a small mouth bass, named Striker ...
You know what? I think I have my next hubpage topic ... thank you!