Tuesday, March 17, 2009

turt is back!

Turt has come out of hibernation! Someone told us that turtles hibernate in the winter and that you aren't suppose to take them out when they are hibernating. I didn't even know they hibernated. So I looked it up and found this:

"When mature box turtles are ready to hibernate, they stop eating, become lethargic and attempt to burrow or hide. Those that are not allowed to hibernate usually experience a progressive physical and mental decline. "

Oh no, we brought him inside once when it was really really cold and we probably weren't supposed to do that. (Sorry buddy, we didn't know!) Do you still consider someone a bad parent even when they bring harm to their child unintentionally? I mean, we honestly though we were helping him.
After we found out this information, we stopped disturbing him. We didn't want to become "overbearing parents" If he needed alone time, we were gonna give it to him. LOL. So that's what we did.
This Wednesday we went check on him, and he was out of hibernation! Kevin said that when he took him out he was the most active he had ever seen him. And when we brought him inside and put down some lettuce, you should've seen how fast he went to it. He must've been starving! He wouldn't stop eating. I was praying he wouldn't choke. How do you do the heimlich maneuver on a turtle? Anyways, he almost bit my finger off trying to finish off the lettuce. LOL. Welcome back Turt!

P.S. Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I am back from hibernation as well! Yay!