Flash is the newest somebody. Yep, we went to buy dog food, and saw a tank full of turtle hatchlings. There were map turtles and painted turtles, but the painted turtles were the smaller of the two types. Of course, us being us, we couldn't leave the store without one. I wanted to get the tiniest baby they had, and Flash was it. Barely bigger than a quarter, he was soooooo cute! How anyone could say no to one of the most adorable things on the planet is beyond me!
|Hard to believe, but Flash was even smaller than this when we brought him home.|
|It's kind of difficult to get pictures of Flash. He doesn't hold still for long!|
We brought our baby turtle home, got his new house all set up (an aquarium with heat lamp, UV lamp, floating dock for him to bask on, and a heater for the water), and proceeded to oooh and ahhhh over him. It's been about three weeks since we got him, but we are still ooh-ing and ahh-ing. Can't help it; he's still one of the most adorable things on the planet.
He didn't get his name right away, but we finally settled on Flash for a couple of reasons. He has what looks like a lightning bolt on one side of his face and neck (can you spot it in the picture?), and he swims like a flash! He's really fast, and if he doesn't want to be caught, he doesn't make it easy.
Flash is growing like crazy, and he's pretty smart. He knows where the food comes from, and will come to the front of the aquarium and beg when he's hungry. He eats baby aquatic turtle food that comes in the form of small sticks. Even though they are much smaller than the adult turtle sticks, they are still too big for Flash, so I break them into smaller pieces for him. Since he is growing so fast and he doesn't have turtle fat pooching out around his little legs, I usually feed him whenever he asks. That's pretty much breakfast, morning snack, mid-morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, mid-afternoon snack, supper, dessert, and bedtime snack. Ok, maybe that is a slight exaggeration...