A while back I spoke about the mysterious death of two of my turtles. I still have no idea what happened but it was in July of last year, shortly after we came back from our camping trip, and they died within a few days of each other. They were in separate tanks, nothing had been shared between the two. I honestly have absolutely no clue what caused their deaths. At one point we thought it was the fish but after observing them and keeping them separate from the turtles for a period of time, there appeared to be no illness or problems at all.
So I still have no idea why my turtles died. I give them amazing tanks to live in, I take good care of them and even though it’s a total mystery, I can’t help but wonder what I had done wrong.
I ended up with a beautiful big tank and no idea what to do with it.
Stelo was gone, I wasn’t ready for another turtle and had no interest in fish. I could have put one of my smaller turtles in there, but it felt like such a waste after all the work we put into the above tank basking area.
It was a big, empty sad aquarium that was taking up a lot of space. For a while I did remove the upper part and tried putting Chip and Sydney in there together, but after having been in their own tanks for a few months the aggression Chip was showing towards Sydney worried me and I set up their smaller tanks again where they could both live in peace.
So I was faced with a choice. Either get another turtle, possibly an adult as I didn’t know if I was up to dealing with another fragile hatchling, sell the tank and start getting out of the hobby of keeping turtles all together, or try to do a tropical tank or get some kind of interesting fish.
In the end I did come to a decision.
I decided… the hell with fish. I’m a turtle lover at heart!
It had been a little while since I lost Radar and Stelo, and a girl here in the Netherlands who breeds turtles happened to have hatchlings of a breed I’d always wanted but never thought I could get my hands on here. I also never thought I’d have space for one as I’d reached my maximum capacity with the others.
I rationalized it as fate. I had an empty tank, and she had the hatchlings… it was meant to be, right?
Let’s just say it was.
He has been with us for the better part of a year now, and I’ve been hesitant to talk about him, write about him or even take photos because I was afraid he’d die on me. Sort of like if I got too invested that he might up and die on me too.
Don’t try to make sense of my brain.
Anyway, it’s time to introduce him!
I don’t think I have to tell anyone how he got his name. I have a husband who is obsessed with Lego Mindstorms and Robotics. You do the math!
Lego is a Diamondback Terrapin which, in my opinion, is one of the coolest species of turtles there is. I think it’s the white skin or the unique patterns, I don’t know… I just love them. Here are some more photos…
I just love this little dude, or uhh… dudette. I can’t tell which it is yet so I just say ‘he’ anyway. Either way, if he dies on me I’ll be very upset. He appears to be going strong so far though, he eats like a pig and is quite active.
Although, judging by the amount of guppies in his tank, I have serious doubts about his hunting abilities.