I have these 6 great turtles that I love. They bring me an inner peace and lots of laughs. Unfortunately they are not the brightest crayons in the box. They are extremely fascinating to watch. The interaction they have with people and each other is amazing. Feeding time is my favorite time.
When food is involved there is always a feeding frenzy. The smallest one's are the most aggressive. They normally are very 'clickish' except for feeding time and then it's 'every turtle for himself'.
Big Al, is a male but he has the best mothering instincts. The little one's cling to his back and cower beneath him when frightened. Big Al always waits till the little one's get their fill before he eats. He likes to watch the world. He floats lazily around the outside pond just chillin.
Their food preferences are very different. Cooter really prefers the reptile pellets. Louise will eat anything. I try to feed Cooter and Louise off to the side with the pellets and then give the brine shrimp to the babies. They are like wild piranha's. They snatch the shrimp from one another, push each other out of the way and dive to the bottom with their tasty morsel. They have no manners. Their little legs move faster than lightening. Sometimes they take the food and hide under the sunbathing dock. This piece was made special for them by hubby so they could get a good sunbath on top or hide under it for protection.
So Romeo was wild for another piece of brine shrimp and his little jaws were a snapping (good thing he is not a snapping turtle) he was swimming around in a frenzy and he snapped at the pump cord. He shook it as hard as he could and then let go in frustration. Not the flavor he liked - I guess. Good thing the GFI's (ground fault interrupters) work so well.
My babies may not be the brightest crayons in the box but they sure do brighten my life. Also - they don't bark, jump on visitors, bite the mailman, barf on the rugs, whine for food and get in late night cat fights beneath the bedroom window.