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    When it's jail sentence is up..

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    I love that turtle!

    You'll want to get him under some full spectrum lighting to avoid shell rot if you plan on keeping him long term. In the meantime you could put him out in the sun and let him bask for a couple hours a day. There's also the winter dormancy requirements to consider, but I'm assuming you'll release him before then.

    Aquatic turtles are one of the biggest pain in the butt herp species to keep properly, along with tortoises and chameleons...

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    The new house construction is starting next week, and I plan on putting in a pond when it's done. So he'll be getting moved outside then. Gonna be way to big to keep as a house pet!

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    Yeah, they really thrive in natural sun. Keep in mind it willl take years for him to get to full size. They grow really slowly.

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    Duh dude... duh.

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    Umm....Ok...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyedPiper View Post
    Umm....Ok...
    Just messin' with ya Setherson.. We've been talking about releasing it come next spring.

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    Well, Mickey the Blanding's Turtle has gone to a better place. After having him checked out by the vet at Potter Park Zoo we all decided it was best to release him back into the wild. Blanding's are a species of concern in Michigan, so it was tough finding the best place for him to go.
    In the end we decided on Fenner Nature Center in Lansing. They have a large pond in the middle of the park with other Blanding's. So away he went today.. He waddled his little but through the muck and into the open water, stopped to look back at me, then swam off.
    I have a feeling he's going to be much happier, and maybe even find himself a girlfriend out there.

    Farewell Mickey..


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