So, this is what I heard on vacation a few weeks ago, and I always know whatever “It” is that he wants it must be a good one if he calls me Mommy first. This particular time, it was a turtle. Cute teeny tiny little turtle. It came with an equally teeny tiny little plastic aquarium, and a couple of days’ worth of food. And a plastic palm tree, which was very realistic.
I told him if he wanted this turtle, he would have to buy it from his own vacation money, and since it would be half of his funds, I thought that would detour him. It most certainly did not, and the guy running the shop decided to not only give him a discount, but throw an extra turtle in for free! They do better in pairs, he says. Oh joy! I was worried the little guys would be traumatized during the long drive back from South Carolina to Ohio, but they were little troopers 🙂 (Elijah named them Squirt and Dribble- very appropriate in my opinion) I decided to upgrade the tiny one gallon tank to a ten gallon tank, thinking that was a move up. That lasted for about 2 weeks. When I went to the pet store to purchase an algae eater for the tank, they told me they needed special lights, bigger tanks, and live fish to eat as treats. What?!? I certainly wasn’t expecting these little guys to cause me to break the bank. And break the bank I did- I bought them a 55 gallon tank (which should last a couple of years before I will have to upgrade to 150 gallons!) I bought them UV lights, heat lights and little minnows to snack on. These guys have it made! I still need to get something decorative to fill in the large empty space, but here is their newly upgraded home:
And the minnows we bought them to snack on? Still there, swimming around with them. Elijah is super excited that he now has two MORE pets 🙂
I have to admit- they are growing on me. A lot. Squirt will come to the tank and peek his head out of the water so we can pet his itty head, and I swear he knows 20 minutes before its feeding time and will just watch us until we feed them! I was told they could be up to a foot in diameter when full-grown, and these suckers can live up to 50-70 years! I certainly realize how dumb I am when it comes to aquatic animal care. After spending all the time and money to get this habitat just right, I’m hoping these guys make it for the long haul. I most definitely will be more cautious in the future however, when I hear Elijah saying “Mom, can I have one?? Pleeeeassssse”