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Melonie
05-21-2010, 07:17 AM
Yesterday evening, my dad found a little baby turtle heading straight for our pool, which surely would have killed the poor little guy! He brought him in the house, and we're going to raise him. Last night I bought him some supplies, and so far he is doing well! Just a little lethargic, but hopefully not for long. Pics!!!

http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg179/MeloniesArt/koopa3.jpg

http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg179/MeloniesArt/koopa2.jpg

http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg179/MeloniesArt/koopa1.jpg

We named him Koopa Troopa. I luff him! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/inlove.gif

seductivpancake
05-21-2010, 07:45 AM
You kidnap some turtle's poor baby http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

EvilPixieGrrr
05-21-2010, 07:53 AM
Aww, I'm glad you saved the cute little guy from the pool of doom. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

brookelyn_FD
05-21-2010, 08:07 AM
Oooh I love turtles! Ive been thinking about getting one lately now that I have a huge rock garden in my backyard.

mastachief-118
05-21-2010, 09:26 AM
Cool turtle just don't feed him lettuce, it has no nutritional value.

ERRRskate151
05-21-2010, 09:27 AM
I love turtles. it makes me miss mine http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

PMSBangBang
05-21-2010, 09:49 AM
I have 7 turtles. 5 aquatic and 2 tortoises. Looks like you have a "painted turtle". They need lots of water to swim in. I have a 125 gallon tank (almost mixed with fish) and it is half way filled with water and then we have rocks that come up a little above the water so they can work on their tans. 1 (snapping green slider) of them is almost 2 years old and the other 4 (2 red ear sliders, 1 Painted, 1 leather-back) are 1.5 yrs old. My tortoises (Names are Meat and Loaf) they are only 8 months old... of that. The have their own living space which is a sheet of Sod, and a box to sleep in. They get pretty spoiled actually.

weaselboy
05-21-2010, 10:45 AM
IIRC my family's old box turtle used to eat cat food. It was eerie, she acted so lethargic and slow... and then when you least expected it, BAM, she'd be across the room.

Arumi
05-21-2010, 10:59 AM
I've always wanted a pet turtle! Though I already have six pets at my apartment, when I'm only supposed to have two... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Your turtle is adorable! I love how big his/her eyes are! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif

weaselboy
05-21-2010, 11:09 AM
Originally posted by Arumi:
I've always wanted a pet turtle! Though I already have six pets at my apartment, when I'm only supposed to have two... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Your turtle is adorable! I love how big his/her eyes are! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif

Like rabbits and cats that claw people you don't like, turtles are definitely worth it, depending on what you're looking for in a pet.

Edit:
Relevant:
http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/funny-animals-131.jpg http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/funny-animals-161.jpg

Angelusjc
05-21-2010, 12:14 PM
Melonie, you should start showing your turtle ninja movies now in case you ever come across a vial of mutagenic ooze.

mixmastermatt
05-22-2010, 01:19 AM
That's really cool! That makes me want a turtle! Also, great name! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Dope_Kitten
05-22-2010, 01:46 AM
Man turtles are SO freaking cute but mad hard to snuggle.

Dope_Kitten
05-22-2010, 01:49 AM
OMG Melonie you should so remake this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_N_rjkdcKU&feature=fvw)!

FatDyke
05-22-2010, 02:22 AM
Love!

Suniez
05-22-2010, 08:38 AM
One of my friends from highschool had a couple turtles!

They kind of freak me out, but that turtle is cute! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

jbots
05-22-2010, 01:35 PM
Super cute! Thats so great you guys saved it.

Melonie
05-22-2010, 05:38 PM
Thanks for the feedback, guys. <3

I was worried about little Koopa earlier, because he wasn't eating and he was sooo lethargic. Today, however, he has been doing wonderful! We found some grubs outside, and he attacks them! haha! Much more lively than he was before, which makes me happy. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

It will be easier when he gets older and eats veggies. I'm probably going to have to buy some bugs for him now. O.o

QuestionMar1988
05-22-2010, 07:32 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTRRS3IY4Tw

Also

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pyorz7iIwA

Melonie
05-22-2010, 09:53 PM
Oh... my. That was traumatizing. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

xCHICKAMUNGUSx
05-22-2010, 10:52 PM
awww his cuteness makes me smile http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

weaselboy
05-23-2010, 01:06 AM
Originally posted by QuestionMar1988:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTRRS3IY4Tw

Also

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pyorz7iIwA

Wait, what? Turtles have sex? I thought they procreated through asexual reproduction. I mean, they are surrounded by ****ing shells. How does that even work?

I'd search the internet for it, but I'm <STRIKE>excited over</STRIKE> afraid I'll find weird turtle porn.

Devi_Kali
05-23-2010, 04:02 AM
Thanks QuestionMar. I was disturbed yet mildly aroused by your turtle porn. To clean things up, here's a super cute vid of a turtle eating flowers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS7bZhdu984 .

BTW,that turtle(tortoise?) is adorable Melonie.

Melonie
05-23-2010, 12:28 PM
Awww, that is adorable! It will definitely be easier once my little Koopa gets bigger and eats veggies and flowers. He only wants bugs right now! I just got through catching two small earthworms and watched Koopa attack! It's so cute to watch him eat. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/inlove.gif

weaselboy
05-24-2010, 09:02 AM
Yesterday was World Turtle Day (http://www.geekologie.com/2010/05/i_like_them_too_happy_world_tu.php). Did you celebrate by feeding your turtle extra snackies? Or however people celebrate WTD?

gam3rg1rl
05-24-2010, 10:41 AM
Your baby Turtle is so cute :] I love the name too! Just beware that turtles live a long time!

Warholism
05-25-2010, 07:43 PM
WHY the hell would you post this?

Devi_Kali
05-26-2010, 06:12 PM
Holy cow! That is straight out of a horror movie. The most disturbing part is when the mouse is still swimming with half its body gone....

seductivpancake
05-26-2010, 09:11 PM
Originally posted by Magiz:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Devi_Kali:
The most disturbing part is when the mouse is still swimming with half....
Shock/adrenaline/fear/trying to survive.

Actually the most disturbing was the people that dropped that poor mouse in the tank, watched it get killed while filming it, and the ones spreading it around online. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Not really.

Warholism
05-26-2010, 09:12 PM
that **** happens all the time. meh.

ERRRskate151
05-26-2010, 09:23 PM
http://georgetownheckler.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/meh.jpg

Devi_Kali
05-27-2010, 04:48 AM
I looked up the video for that clip on youtube and the user explained that he fed the snapping turtle live mice so that it could adjust to living out in the wild. I'm not very bothered by the fact that sometimes you have to give exotic pets meals in a very "gruesome" manner (knew someone who fed his python live rabbits or chickens every 2 weeks) but I can't help but wonder if there was a way to kill the mice quickly. Yeah, I know, survivor instinct and all.....I just haven't felt the urge to gag over something graphic, if ever, until I saw that video.

seductivpancake
05-27-2010, 06:52 AM
You are aware that animals don't have any tools to kill other animals quickly right? They use what they got.

Magiz
05-27-2010, 07:12 AM
True, though I don't like seeing it. I know it happens in the wild and that's just how things go. I just feel sorry for the mouse since it didn't have any chance.

I guess it comes from owning small animals. I have a Parrotlet and she's only the size of a budgie. So I have to be extra careful when she's out playing/bonding with us. We have a cat who's very good around her, but I still have that thought in the back of mind of what would happen. We usually put the cat in another room, just to make sure our bird is safe when she's out. We've had her for almost 2 years, and I would never want something like that happen to her.

brookelyn_FD
05-27-2010, 07:51 AM
Originally posted by Warholism:
that **** happens all the time. meh.

I'm aware of that. Iím also aware that pigs, chickens and cows get slaughtered everyday too, but that doesn't mean I want to come on the forums and see a gif of them getting shocked or beheaded. That image really ****ed me up yesterday and I had bad dreams about it all last night.

If you really felt it was necessary to show people how turtles eat you could at the very least posted a link and titled it with graphic warnings.

brookelyn_FD
05-27-2010, 08:29 AM
I take back my comment about posting a link and titling it with graphicn warning. I probably would have deleted that too. This wasnt some natural feeding taking place. This was a human throwing in a rat to a turtle just to see it die.

As long as Im a Frag Doll I won't allow images to be posted like that on here. Call me sensitive- I dont care!

seductivpancake
05-27-2010, 08:37 AM
I loled.

brookelyn_FD
05-27-2010, 08:52 AM
And this comment is exactly why I struggled so much in the past when trying to be your friend. I finally had to make the decision just to give up and stop trying.

Devi_Kali
05-27-2010, 09:11 AM
Originally posted by Seductivpancake:
You are aware that animals don't have any tools to kill other animals quickly right? They use what they got.
You seem to think I'm a simpleton? Of course I'm aware of that. It's part of being human....aknowledging what happens in nature and still being able to express shock/sadness over something that is natural. Circle of life etc., we all get it.

If there's anything that I definitely object to, it's how the youtube user edited the video with music and slow-motion. It went from being educational to being shock entertainment.

seductivpancake
05-27-2010, 09:17 AM
Well, that was more of sarcasm but I didn't use any "http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif" to indicate so.

He probably wasn't the original person who took the video then.

Some people are just fascinated with animals. Especially kids, like the whole thing where kids get excited, mainly boys, when a snake devours a mouse.

And besides, its the internet. Shocking you is probably one of the goals.

DreadPirateJon
05-27-2010, 09:30 AM
Originally posted by brookelyn_FD:
And this comment is exactly why I struggled so much in the past when trying to be your friend. I finally had to make the decision just to give up and stop trying.

Now that is just rude. It may be true but there's no need to post it.

Devi_Kali
05-27-2010, 10:07 AM
Originally posted by Seductivpancake:
Well, that was more of sarcasm but I didn't use any "http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif" to indicate so.

He probably wasn't the original person who took the video then.

Some people are just fascinated with animals. Especially kids, like the whole thing where kids get excited, mainly boys, when a snake devours a mouse.

And besides, its the internet. Shocking you is probably one of the goals.

Yeah, the internet has done a very good job at shocking and disgusting people. I've seen my share of gross images on sites like Ogrish and Rotten and I can't always explain why I would look at them. Morbid curiosity is perhaps the simplest explanation, so in other words, I don't intend to paint myself as an overly sensitive person. It's when such images become a form of entertainment rather than just a compelling curiosity that I become really bothered by the content.

The video does make me think about how different all our reactions would be if it were a fish or insect being torn in half instead. I think we all tend to have more sympathy for certain animals, whatever the reason.

DreadPirateJon
05-27-2010, 10:18 AM
Would you guys have the same problem if it were a video of a snake eating a mouse?

Slickrick2345
05-27-2010, 10:59 AM
http://cdn2.knowyourmeme.com/i/23346/original/turtles1.jpg

tibbsy07
05-27-2010, 11:07 AM
I think that's a hard case to make Jon. It's not the death that bothers (most) people in this case, it's the fact that the mouse DOESN'T die at first. It's bitten in half and then tries to get away. That's pretty gruesome. A snake killing a mouse is a much less graphic scene (usually). If you saw someone get shot and die, then saw someone have their lower torso blown off and try to crawl away, which one would bother you more? Probably the person who didn't die and was suffering.

On a side note, I realize that the guy is using the excuse that he's helping get the turtle ready for the wild by having it eat rats... Poor choice on his part. Snapping turtles aren't likely to eat mice and rats in the wild - not regularly anyways. He should have been using fish for that. He's just using it as an excuse to watch rats get mutilated.

seductivpancake
05-27-2010, 11:11 AM
At least this serves as a lesson for people to not stick their fingers in front of snapping turtles.

tibbsy07
05-27-2010, 11:28 AM
Originally posted by Seductivpancake:
At least this serves as a lesson for people to not stick your fingers in front of snapping turtles.

true, very true

Ninja Kn1ght
05-27-2010, 11:55 AM
That ghatsly turtle should have ordered a well-done fillet of Mouse breast with a delicious '79 Sauvignon Blanc.

Devi_Kali
05-27-2010, 12:01 PM
Originally posted by tibbsy07:

On a side note, I realize that the guy is using the excuse that he's helping get the turtle ready for the wild by having it eat rats... Poor choice on his part. Snapping turtles aren't likely to eat mice and rats in the wild - not regularly anyways. He should have been using fish for that. He's just using it as an excuse to watch rats get mutilated.

I thought of that as well and if true, then it would explain the tacky video style.

l337pino
05-27-2010, 01:23 PM
Originally posted by tibbsy07:
I think that's a hard case to make Jon. It's not the death that bothers (most) people in this case, it's the fact that the mouse DOESN'T die at first. It's bitten in half and then tries to get away. That's pretty gruesome. A snake killing a mouse is a much less graphic scene (usually). If you saw someone get shot and die, then saw someone have their lower torso blown off and try to crawl away, which one would bother you more? Probably the person who didn't die and was suffering.

On a side note, I realize that the guy is using the excuse that he's helping get the turtle ready for the wild by having it eat rats... Poor choice on his part. Snapping turtles aren't likely to eat mice and rats in the wild - not regularly anyways. He should have been using fish for that. He's just using it as an excuse to watch rats get mutilated.
Ok, first of all, you realize that many non-venomous snakes consume their prey alive, right? I'm sure slowly being digested and processed is oh so much better.

Also, wild snapping turtles eat almost anything they can get a bite of. This includes "including many invertebrates, fish, frogs, reptiles (including snakes and smaller turtles), unwary birds and small mammals." Guess what? Small mammals include mice and rats.

seductivpancake
05-27-2010, 01:51 PM
I just saw a video of a snapping turtle catching a bird, about the same size as the turtle, by the neck, and then dragging it underwater.

If they can catch birds, I am sure mice and other wild rodents wouldn't be difficult or rare for them.

Rhoulette
05-27-2010, 02:16 PM
Simple rule for these forums: if you post disturbing videos or images, we will delete them and you will likely be banned for intentionally violating a known rule. The "whatever, it happens in nature" argument holds no water. Lots of disturbing things happen "in nature" that we won't let be posted in here.

Anyway, carry on. Pet turtles are cute. I've always wanted some of the miniature turtles that are illegal here (but can usually be acquired in Chinatowns), but they're 1) illegal, 2) really stinky. Turtle tanks have to be cleaned all the time to make sure they don't get really smelly.

If I ever get something turtle-like it'll probably be a tortoise. They're much less stinky and just as fun.

Melonie
05-27-2010, 04:43 PM
Yeah, sea turtles are especially stinky!

My little turtle is more like a tortoise I think, because he doesn't require much water and I haven't had any stink problems, thank goodness! I clean his cage often though, that may have something to do with it. I can imagine an aquatic turtle stinking like crazy, though! The combination of plenty of water and UV lamp just can't smell good. O.o

As far as food goes, I've been feeding him worms. When he gets bigger, he will start eating veggies. I'm ready to get him on a vegetarian diet, but turtles take a while to grow, so I may have to keep buying worms for a little while. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

He's a cute little guy. <3 In the pics there's a bunch of pebbles on the bottom of his cage, but my brothers bought some clean soil from Petco, and it actually looks so much more natural and nice now. He's got a nice little home. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/inlove.gif

seductivpancake
05-27-2010, 06:26 PM
We should make a animal thread! Not just threads for dogs and cats! Go Melonie! Go!

Melonie
05-27-2010, 07:29 PM
You're leaving the animal thread responsibility to me?! That's serious! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Ok I'll make one, but I need to get some good pics of all my pets before I do. If someone else beats me to the punch, it's all good. If not, I shall do my best!

FatDyke
05-27-2010, 11:12 PM
Originally posted by DreadPirateJon:
Would you guys have the same problem if it were a video of a snake eating a mouse?

Yes.

I love snakes, but that is the reason that I've never had one... I would probably literally cry every time I had to feed it.

I get upset when people step on the big snails that are outside my front door http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif I just don't like to see anything die. I even rescue spiders in my house, that bite me in my sleep, because I don't want them to die - they're only on this earth once, and I don't be the one responsible for somethings death. That may seem extreme to most people, but that's just how I feel about it.