Remember our baby turtle named Higgins? That we released back into the wild, because it was the right thing to do?
(well, mostly because he wouldn't eat. but also because it was the right thing to do.)
Well,we missed him. A lot. So after a few weeks, I went online and found a reputable breeder. Which is how we got:
This little guy stole our hearts.
When we ordered him from the breeder in Arizona, he arrived overnight through Fed Ex's Reptile Shipping Service. They have a whole department devoted entirely to live reptile delivery.
Who knew this was such a big market?
We had the option of shipping him overnight for $48.00 BUT for an additional $2.50, they would gaurantee a live delivery.
Um, yeah. We splurged on the extra $2.50.
Our little Finnegan is the exact same variety of Diamondback Terrapin as Higgins. He is supposed to be semi-aquatic, but he thinks he is fully aquatic. He never wants to leave his water.
He even sleeps underwater. Freaked me the hell out the first time I saw him floating at the bottom with his eyes closed. Every 10-15 minutes, he slowly floats to the surface to breathe, and then sinks again in his sleep. Little weirdo.
Most turtles I've seen are lethargic, and don't really do much. This guy? Is like a puppy. He gets SUPER excited to see us walk by, and swims up to say hi (and beg for food).
He is like our child. Kurt and I talk to our friends about him, like doting parents to a slightly-disinterested audience.
"And then, he walked away from me! It was so funny!!"
*polite smiles from friends who don't really care*
"Isn't that just so cute??"
And he is, you guys. He really is so cute.