October 3rd, 2008

handholding

I brought home a friend from work today.

I am now the caretaker of an abandoned turtle. A girl at work found him heading onto a very busy street and took him in, except that she hates reptiles. So I said I'd take him off her hands, and now I have a turtle! He's about 6 to 8 inches long, so he's not a baby. I think he's a slider, but it's hard to tell. He looks like your typical house pet turtle. He's got brilliant orange and light green striped coloring to him (I don't even know if it's a he!). He's really quite cute, although he's very stressed out. He kept trying to escape the box I set him in.

I have no idea what to do, but looking it up online it would seem like he'd be an expensive pet to keep, were I to get the proper equipment for him. A 40 gallon tank, lighting, and tank decor aren't cheap. I do have a pond outside my doorstep, and was thinking of setting him lose in there, except that I don't think he'd be happy living in a retention pond :/ I may just give him up to a vet tomorrow.

Anyone have tips? I fed him some lettuce but he didn't appear to want to eat at all. I have no proper thing to put him in, so he's in a very very clean, unused litter box at the moment. It was the closest thing I had that could hold a little bit of water. I didn't drown him in it, but just a little bit, and I propped it up a bit for a spot w/o water. It's the best I could do this late at night. I hope he makes it through the night.

I want to keep him and call him Mort, because today on FX they were showing Secret Window. Mort seems like a good name for a turtle, doesn't it? If I do indeed keep him ...