General Care Discussion :: Do you cuddle with your turtle?

Taking care of your turtle's overall health.

Post Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 10:17 pm   

TheComputerGremlin wrote:Doc_Moore_J:

Most people keep turtles as "look but don't touch" pets.


I feel so stupid. The kids and I hold our 1.5 inch baby several times a day. Of course, we always wash our hands before and after. She seems like she likes us. I was hoping that since she was so tiny when found that she would be accustomed to people handling her.
So we should stop doing this, yes?
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Post Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:31 am   

I would reduce the amount. It's pretty irresistible, but he is a little baby under captivity and probably doesn't need too much attention. You also don't want to distract him from his basking duties.

However, during feeding time or when/if you have him outside are great times to interact with him.
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Post Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 10:12 pm   

Heez... I do that too! I will place my RES on my tummy and cover its shell using my hand. It seems to enjoy it alot. Sometimes, it will doze off too!
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Post Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 11:05 pm   

my turtle is like a cat..... the only time she likes me is when i feed her.

Its ok though, i'd rather watch her swim gracefully then take her out of the tank and scare her half to death. Thats no fun.
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Post Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 11:44 pm   

Squirt is cool with being handled, but I still don't handle him all the time. I handle him probably about once a week. Other than that I sometimes hold his lettuce for a few minutes while he takes bites, but I usually don't have the time for that.
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Post Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 11:48 pm   

no time for your turtle, Chris? Tisk tisk....
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Post Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 11:52 pm   

:lol: Well, that's because I have been swamped with finals and school work, but now that will change because I am out of school. I plan on getting a kiddy pool or something so that he can play around and be outdoors for the first time.
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Post Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:12 pm   Re: Do you cuddle with your turtle?

I took on a six-year-old RES, Herman, from a coworker. On a tight budget, my boyfriend and I turned the thermostat down at night, and I thought it too cold for Herman in his tank. I scrubbed him under tepid tap water, dried him thoroughly, and placed him on my front while laying on my back under the covers.

Our futon mattress was on the floor, so there was no potential for a fall. Not that Herman usually took off--- he'd stay on me all night. He only wet me once over the course of months, which I didn't hold against him.

As a biology major, I was aware of the Salmonella risk, but I read that chlorinated tap water was enough to kill most bacteria. I changed Herman's water daily, scrubbing his shell and rinsing all his nooks and crannies when I did. He was very tolerant:)
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