Thursday, July 24, 2008

Terrance Weigh-In

I nabbed Terrance this weekend and together with my nephew David, we weighed him again. His weight is bouncing around but is not as high as last year at this time. I would have expected him to be 15 g heavier.

I want to fatten him up for hibernation. We've got until October for that.

Today he took to some cantaloupe, which I've never seen him eat before. He pretty much sticks to shrimp, strawberries, earthworms, and various insects.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Terrance the Turtle

Its time to weigh in with Terrance, my western ornate box turtle. He's been living in the backyard ever since I found him on a blistering hot August afternoon strolling across the center of the cul de sac. Silly turtle could have been fried out there on that hot asphalt.

That was two year's ago and I've been weighing him regularly since last summer. Here's the latest datum: July 3, 360 grams (12.7 oz) . There's been a tad of a weight loss since June and we'll see what August brings. He's been regularly snacking on strawberries and shrimp, his two favorite foods. That's a turtle with discriminating tastes. One final bit of data, the surface temperatures in his favorite burrow have ranged from 15 to 34 C (60 to 94 F).