Thursday, July 14, 2016

Myrtle The Land Turtle


Ever since I was a small child I have had a love for land turtles.  Turtles remind me of a much simpler time in my life.  They remind me of times when my papa use to take me out riding around in the country in his "beep beep" and we would look for turtles.  It was always exciting when we found one.  We would take the turtle and raise it until July the 4th.  Then each year on July the 4th we would go to the OU Biological Station (where my grandparents worked during the summer) and we would have a big turtle race!  After the race we would have watermelon and then go fishing!  Those really were the good times and it brings back so many good memories that I wanted to share my love of turtles with my kids.

About 5 weeks ago, we found Myrtle our land turtle.  Myrtle's cage is a huge 3 foot long by 2 foot wide and 1.5 feet high galvanized steel water trough. We have a square foot of dirt on one side along with brown leaves that have fallen from our tree. Myrtle is given fresh water in a frisbee daily. She loves to get in it and bathe. This I know because the water is always filled with dirt and leaves by the next day. 

During the past few weeks we have learned that Myrtle loves to eat wild white mushrooms (not store bought, I have tried that, haha)  and she also enjoys red apples.  Today when we went to check on Myrtle and to take her on her walk we discovered that she has laid an egg!  We don't know if this egg is fertile or not since we have had her for about 5.5 weeks but we plan on doing some research to see what we should do with the egg.  Right now, it is just covered up with leaves but we are excited to see what this discovery will bring!

We plan on letting Myrtle go on the first week of August unless anyone local would like to keep her while we go on vacation. She needs to be "walked" twice a day for 45 minutes at a time. If you would like to Myrtle sit, please just let me know! She is a very good turtle. I have had turtles as a small child and they were never this tame.

Disclosure:  This is a personal post with no affiliation to the OUBS.  I simply wanted to share a memory with my readers and my family.