Have you ever had a pet turtle?

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  1. Ultimate Hubber profile image71
    Ultimate Hubberposted 13 years ago

    Have you ever had a pet turtle?

  2. manofthewill profile image60
    manofthewillposted 13 years ago

    I had two turtles when I was 10. One day, one of them got lost in the house, while I was cleaning their aquarium, I couldn't find it for seven days. Finally, I found it under the carpet in another room.

    The second one, maybe a year after that, got boiled in the water, one beautiful sunny day of the spring. I thought it loved the sun, so I put it on the terrace...and forgot it.

    That's my past experience, if it matters at all...

  3. ThePracticalMommy profile image88
    ThePracticalMommyposted 13 years ago

    My pet turtle is my favorite pet ever. He's a small painted turtle, which is an aquatic breed. He is quiet and is pretty low maintanence, requiring food every other day and a tank cleaning once a month. He's not cuddly like a dog or cat, but he's fun to watch as he swims about and climbs on his rocks. My son likes to sit and watch him, so he's educational entertainment as well. smile

  4. Gabby G profile image67
    Gabby Gposted 13 years ago

    yes he was a box turtle and his name was ralf. he ate all my goldfish

  5. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 13 years ago

    When I was a girl and also when I was first married, I had red eared sliders.  Very cool turtles.  I did not know at the time they can carry salmonella.

  6. davenmidtown profile image69
    davenmidtownposted 13 years ago

    I currently have two red-eared slider and a musk turtle.  They live in a 55 gallon aquarium that is divided 50/50 with land and water.  Water depth is about 6 inches as the turtle are very small.  They are very social creatures and bang on the tank when they want my attention.  They eat a variety of things that range from live goldfish to squash.  They are pretty low maintenance but they do need fresh water weekly which means a water change and tank cleaning.  It takes about 20 minutes to clean their tank and change their water.  I enjoy them.  These were all abandoned at the fish store where I work.

  7. mikejhca profile image93
    mikejhcaposted 12 years ago

    Yes.  I had some pet turtles.  However they did not make very good pets.  They would try to eat your hand if you put it close enough for them to reach.  I would rather have goldfish.

  8. Ahnoosh profile image69
    Ahnooshposted 12 years ago

    Yes.  Several.  When I was a kid, we would go down to the Woolworth and if I had saved up my allowance and had enough, I'd get to buy a turtle.  I had a little plastic turtle-scape and it had a plastic palm tree in the center of an island.  You'd fill the moat around the island with some gravel and water, and my turtle would climb out of the water and onto the island to take a break.  I always remembered how still my turtles were.  I'd try to out stare them...but couldn't.  I'd love to watch his eyes until he moved them in a sort of blink. 
    These were little turtles.  I think the red eared sliders?  (not sure by they did have red markings).  They never lived very long though.  After a few months the shell would go soft, eventually, they'd die.

  9. litsabd profile image63
    litsabdposted 12 years ago

    I bought one just a few days ago for my children. To be honest I didn't like them but this one I come to adore! They are easy to take care of as long as you keep them warm and wet.

  10. Eight8Consulting profile image56
    Eight8Consultingposted 12 years ago

    Yes i had a pet a turtle when i was just 4 years old & i loved playing with it.

  11. profile image52
    lenardriddposted 12 years ago

    Nope, didn't have any pet turtle.Just cats and dogs.smile)

  12. profile image0
    Zooey LeRoseposted 12 years ago

    My father bought 3 turtles for my sister's birthday in 2005... they were really small turtles and they grew so much throughout the years... out of the 3 one ended differently and stopped growing and its shell had this dent but they are all quiet and good swimmers... We would throw them in the pool during summers and watch them swim really fast... Occasionally, their tank has to be cleaned because it will smell bad...

  13. innovationgeek profile image61
    innovationgeekposted 12 years ago

    Yessss! little little ones, they were the cutest things ever, but if you don't clean out their bowls often, it can start to smell hmm

  14. sturner1 profile image60
    sturner1posted 12 years ago

    yes when I was little. He was so cute, His name was fred. One day while cleaning his tank  in our front yard, he got into the grass and we lost him. For about a week we were devasted, until i was getting off the school bus I saw him across the street from my bus stop. it had taken him that long to crawl there smile

  15. Kris Heeter profile image69
    Kris Heeterposted 12 years ago

    Yes, a very small one - back 40 years ago when I was a kid.  Back then there were all the rage...that is until it came out that they may carry bacteria that could be very harmful to children.  I still remember the little mini-pond we had for him and the fake palm tree.  Thanks for a great trip down memory lane - I had forgotten about that little guy!

  16. profile image51
    michelegoldsteinposted 12 years ago

    Yes, when I was little. I named him Timmy. I don't know what kind of turtle he was but he was a small one. I don't have much recall of that time in my life.

  17. jKorol profile image62
    jKorolposted 12 years ago

    Yes I have, his name was Shelly. Even though it wasn't very creative, he one of the best pets I had ever owned. Even though they don't do much each one has his/her own personality and are all unique in there own way. My turtle was definitely the Einstein of turtles, managing to climb on a shell I had as decoration and climbing out of the cage I had for him.

  18. beindustrial profile image64
    beindustrialposted 12 years ago

    we have two pet turtles at home but they are not mine... they are my daughter's and my son's...

  19. Shanaaya profile image60
    Shanaayaposted 12 years ago

    i had one ,a baby quarter sized green water turtle and we named it Iggy.... i don't understand till now how it died..sad its very sad..i didn't like it much but it was great having it.. smile now i have 2 parrots and fishes as pets..

  20. thumbi7 profile image59
    thumbi7posted 12 years ago

    I have one which I brought few weeks back. My children are its admirers. I think its BMR is too low. It hardly moves around and swims. I kept it in a large fish bowl with little water and some clean stones with edges projecting out of water. Mostly it will be sitting on the edge of stone which projects out of water.

  21. JasonLicerioPH profile image74
    JasonLicerioPHposted 12 years ago

    YES! When I was a child, like maybe 7 or 8, My parents got me a small turtle I called 'toytoy' (toytoy because I did not pronounce turtle well). Sadly, after only a few days he or she was killed by a cat sad I miss that turtle.

  22. flowmeter profile image62
    flowmeterposted 12 years ago

    Yes I did. I loved them very much but I never seemed to be able to keep them alive. What a pity.

  23. thegamer1 profile image59
    thegamer1posted 12 years ago

    Yes. I was six years old and I grew a turtle in a paper box. It ate lettuce and stuff, but even as a young boy I got bored rather quick. My father fed it for a while, until he was bored as well, and we released the turtle somewhere.

  24. Ramsa1 profile image61
    Ramsa1posted 12 years ago

    One of my children had a pet turtle. He found it and we kept it in the basement. It was smelly and we eventually let it go.

  25. danielleantosz profile image72
    danielleantoszposted 12 years ago

    Yes!  My brothers and I found a painted turtle we kept as a pet. Very pretty, and apparently pretty rare.  I remember my mum telling me people kept trying to buy it!

  26. dumindu89 profile image61
    dumindu89posted 12 years ago

    Nope..  Even I haven't thought to have a turtle as pet before.

  27. ubod profile image40
    ubodposted 12 years ago

    Yes, when I was a kid, but I throw into the pond next to my house, because it bit me.
    until now I don't know the turtle is still alive or not sad

  28. profile image0
    Deb Welchposted 12 years ago

    Yes - I had two turtles in my twenties and had them for years until one got lost outside - you cannot stop watching them.  Three years ago - I had two turtles that were rescued - one from a pet store and one from a bad home environment.  They were a joy.  I let them swim in a large container in the backyard and walk around in the grass during summer - I put colored stickers on their backs so I wouldn't lose them.  They wouldn't eat live fish or crickets.  They ate turtle food, lettuce, fruit or live plants from a pet store.  They were both red-earred sliders.
    Elvis he grew to 51/2 inches across and got sick - I took him to the Vet and what the doctor prescribed made my turle die.  How sad.  Then my other turtle was stolen on the porch sitting in a carrier or he escaped somehow - I never found him.
    I love turtles - they are so intelligent - my cats loved them and they kissed them.
    My Bengal at that time would climb in the water with them.  I kept each one in a 20 gal tank with flat rocks and 4-5 inches of water - with a light clipped on and they watched TV or listened to music - I kept them clean - along with the water - I bought a creme shell protector that you applied with a finger and massage it in top and bottlom and latches on sides once a week or so.

  29. Frankly Baked profile image37
    Frankly Bakedposted 12 years ago

    no, but i wish i did, i had goldfish tank in college and they all died within a month sad

  30. Cresentmoon2007 profile image64
    Cresentmoon2007posted 12 years ago

    I did when during a short period in my life. Or rather my foster mom did but I loved that turtle like he was my own. Some people may not think they make good pets but boy I sure liked this one. We'd get him crickets from the pet store and stuff like that. He was great. My foster sister and brother didn't really care for him. My foster sister only found him interesting when we fed him. My brother and foster brother found him to be boring. I loved him no matter what. I kind of miss him now.

  31. thecoffeewrite profile image68
    thecoffeewriteposted 12 years ago

    Yes. For one day. I decided if he was too scary and boring for me to keep.

  32. Pikachusif profile image60
    Pikachusifposted 12 years ago

    Well, I have honestly never owned a pet turtle, Ultimate Hubber. From what I have learned about semi-aquatic reptiles, I would say that it would provide me with what I would consider a very enjoyable experience to own a pet turtle.

  33. Admiral_Joraxx profile image69
    Admiral_Joraxxposted 12 years ago

    Yes! we got turtles in the farm. There's two of them. I've been expecting them to have a baby but I guest they are both male or females. Until now they still do not have one.

  34. ehow101 profile image38
    ehow101posted 12 years ago

    Yes, I got my tutle when I was eight. I am now 38. So you got it right... my pet turtle is now 30!

  35. Little two two profile image84
    Little two twoposted 12 years ago

    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!


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