I did a bad thing... - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-22-2007, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Guru
 
fishscale's Avatar
 
PTrader: (12/100%)
Join Date: May 2007
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 3,895
I did a bad thing...

So you know how sometimes dogs run away? Have you ever heard of a turtle running away?

I was cleaning my turtle's tank, and I put him in a box and put him outside to bask in the sun. When I came back, the turtle was gone! One side of the cardboard box was all wet and he somehow climbed out, even though the box was higher than his body length. That little bastard crawls fast too, I couldn't have been gone for more than 15 minutes. Looked all around 2 blocks, couldn't find him anywhere. I guess it's a good thing that RES are at least native to Michigan, even though it's not good to release him into the wild.

Eheim Pimp #254, Eheim Wolverine #1


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Work in progress
10 Gallon Shrimp Tank
10 Gallon Planted QT
20 Gallon Shrimp Tank (Work in progress)


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fishscale is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-22-2007, 11:11 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Mangala's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 562
Dang! though since they're native to michigan (and minnesota and wisconsin and well, that entire area. used to live there and we used to play with res allthe time) it basically means that no one will know your little guy from any other red eared slider they see at the pond.

did you check under the porch or something? are there ponds near your house?
Mangala is offline  
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-23-2007, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Guru
 
fishscale's Avatar
 
PTrader: (12/100%)
Join Date: May 2007
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 3,895
For a turtle, any ponds or swimming pools would be pretty far. I looked under the porch and couldn't see anything. Usually when I set him loose (without the box, but I watch him), he tries to go across the street. Seeing has there aren't any squashed turtles as far as he could have gotten, he must be hiding somewhere. I left some water and food out for him in case he needs it; apparently they can't eat food that isn't in the water (very strange, but that's what google says).

Eheim Pimp #254, Eheim Wolverine #1


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Work in progress
10 Gallon Shrimp Tank
10 Gallon Planted QT
20 Gallon Shrimp Tank (Work in progress)


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fishscale is offline  
 
post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-23-2007, 04:41 AM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
danakin's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Midland, MI
Posts: 506
Fishscale: That is correct. Most turtles do not produce their own saliva for swallowing, and therefore must swallow underwater in order to facilitate this.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
danakin is offline  
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-23-2007, 04:44 AM
Guest
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 109
, i'm sorry for laughing. that must be one hella fast turtle.
baowow is offline  
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-23-2007, 05:50 AM
Algae Grower
 
p3purr's Avatar
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: "Triad" - NC
Posts: 125
Send a message via AIM to p3purr
please update if you find the little guy. Gee, I know a very good animal communicator that might be able to help. not sure if she's ever talked to a turtle, or if a turtle would "talk" back.

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
p3purr is offline  
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-23-2007, 06:48 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Guru
 
fishscale's Avatar
 
PTrader: (12/100%)
Join Date: May 2007
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 3,895
I went to check on the dish of water and food I left out. No turtle, but apparently cats like turtle food. I found 3 neighborhood cats eating out of the dish.

Eheim Pimp #254, Eheim Wolverine #1


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Work in progress
10 Gallon Shrimp Tank
10 Gallon Planted QT
20 Gallon Shrimp Tank (Work in progress)


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fishscale is offline  
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-23-2007, 12:25 PM
Guest
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 135
Technically RES aren't native to michigan, but do to people putting them in ponds, releasing unwanted pets and escapes from enclosures they are found in several michigan counties now. However they can and do survive the winters most likely if suitable habitat is found it will become one of the legion of ecological imbalances that take place.

http://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactS...speciesID=1261

I'm not trying to sound critical or anything, i had to spend a day tearing up my yard looking for a five inch florida snapping turtle that walked away on me while i was letting them sun and cleaning their cage. Alive or dead that turtle was coming back.

I found him burrowed under the side of a barrel next to the garage, apparently he took cover in a slight depression next to it and wheedled under it. I'd go out today and look in the most unlikely spots and see if the turtle is holed up under there some where trying to wait for a clear time to make a break for it.

jason
Blackthumbwoes is offline  
post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-23-2007, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Guru
 
fishscale's Avatar
 
PTrader: (12/100%)
Join Date: May 2007
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 3,895
I know, I spent about 3 hours combing the neighborhood for him, but I don't have an enclosed yard, and its hard getting permission from people to look through their yards.

Eheim Pimp #254, Eheim Wolverine #1


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Work in progress
10 Gallon Shrimp Tank
10 Gallon Planted QT
20 Gallon Shrimp Tank (Work in progress)


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fishscale is offline  
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-23-2007, 07:36 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Plano, Texas
Posts: 974
Did you look in even the smallest areas, such as under bushes, in narrow spaces, cracks, in the grass, etc?

Rena Filtstar #137!
tropicalfish is offline  
post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-23-2007, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Guru
 
fishscale's Avatar
 
PTrader: (12/100%)
Join Date: May 2007
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 3,895
I looked under all the porches in the neighborhood, under my own bushes, and so on, but I just have a front yard and basically a small gravel parking area in the back. I'm betting he isn't on my property right now, and even though I've been asking people if I could look around, I haven't always gotten a yes answer. According to the DNR website, RES turtles are native to muskegon and lansing. It might be wrong though. Thanks for all your help.

Eheim Pimp #254, Eheim Wolverine #1


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Work in progress
10 Gallon Shrimp Tank
10 Gallon Planted QT
20 Gallon Shrimp Tank (Work in progress)


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fishscale is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome