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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-02-2014, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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It's been nice lately, so I've been taking the birds and the turtles (I have two red-eared sliders) out onto the porch for some sun. I stay out with them, and then we come in. Yesterday, and I don't know why, almost as soon as I took them outside Yugioh (the bigger of my two sliders) went BALLISTIC. He started slamming himself against the sides of the small tank (I use their feeder tank to take them out), trying to launch himself up over the sides of the tank, and at one point he tried to use Sakura (my other, smaller red-eared slider) as a launching platform! I took the turtles inside and--again, almost immediately--he calmed down. He stopped moving so suddenly I was afraid he was hurt, and then he was just--normal. I took them out again today (prepared to bring them in immediately) and he was fine. Can anyone tell me what happened?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-03-2014, 07:51 PM
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Could be a few things. He could have gotten scared by something and tried desperately to escape...

Or he could be like my turtle, who would do this if she saw food, or potential food...or my cat. :3 Perhaps it was something he wanted to get to.

Maybe he just wanted out to run around. Some turtles will try to get out and flee, even if they haven't before. He may have decided he liked it out there and did not want to be brought back in later.



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Well, I can understand wanting to run around. Still, I don't want to let them loose in the yard; there are a lot of hawks around here, and you don't always see them until they grab someone's pet.
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I wouldn't want to let them out to run around like that either, they can find ways to get loose and never be found.

What I did though, was I made a very large pen with a shallow pool they could get in and out of on their own, half in sun, half in shade, they could run about in the grass for about ten feet not including the pool if they wanted to.

By the way, did you ever get them checked out for any illnesses or parasites? I know you were having trouble with Yugioh before.



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That sounds like a good idea, we have an old kiddie pool that might work (we got it back when we had dogs). And, no, I got in touch with Agent13 and explained the financial situation (the ice storm hit the whole area badly) and she said that since his behavior went back to normal he was probably just slightly traumatized by the storm and my method of keeping the water warm.
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