You won’t believe it! Mr Turtle it turns out is Ms Turtle! That’s correct! Mr Northup of the Gulfarium told me it turns out that the turtle is a female red-eared slider turtle.
He will be sending more updates soon and pictures too!
Happy Ending to the story! I look forward to following his life in his new home!
[update August 6 and 7, 2017]
8-6-17– Look at that cute face! Is he adorable or what? I have good news – patience and persistence has paid off – I found him a good home! I danced a happy jig and thanked the Lord yesterday when I got the word. I will tell all the details later but I will tell you that it is an FWC sanctioned rescue.
8-7-17 — If you listen closely you may hear name of rescue in the video. I say I wish I would have called FWC earlier – I did call them several times in June and July, that’s when they gave me contact information for rehabbers but some had retired and others don’t even rehab turtle. I finally was exasperated when they gave me the name of a local native rescue who I had originally contacted in May and who had informed me that they don’t know who might help me! When I called back that time I said I want to talk to an agent and I made the comment that it is no wonder that people turn these critters loose! I been trying to do the “right” thing, the “responsible” thing since April but I finally was put in touch with the FWC agent in the exotic pet amnesty division. In this video I say I wish I would have called FWC sooner but what I meant was I wish I would have insisted on talking to an agent sooner. I was worried because I didn’t know what they might do with an invasive species.
[update June 22, 2017]
Here is an update posted on my blog Pet Rescue – Red Eared Slider
I’m creating this page and writing this May 29, 2017, it’s been close to 5 weeks since I rescued Mr Turtle. I have learned a lot about him and turtles in general since the day I discovered he had been abandoned in the old house building. I discovered him on April 29, 2017. I have learned a lot from internet research and groups that I joined online. I know he is a male red eared slider pond turtle. I learned he is considered invasive in my area. I thought about taking him to his natural habitat to set him free but since he has been a captive animal for so many years I don’t know if he would have much of a chance to survive on his own. I am currently keeping him in some water containers at my house. I bring him inside at night then outside during day. I’ve been researching outside habitats for aquatic turtles because I want for him to have a better life. I feel sorry for him having been a captive forced to live in small aquarium all alone. I want to see him be able to be with others of his own kind. This is a journey that I’m documenting with pictures and notes. Below scroll down to see pictures, I will continue to add pictures and notes. If you are reading this and have an outdoor turtle habitat in the Santa Rosa County Florida area, and if you are willing to share your ideas and perhaps let us visit in person, I’d love to hear from you. I really would like to find him a forever home where he can live a protected natural style life in an outdoor habitat, not in an aquarium.
I will add more pictures on this page later but in the meantime you can see an album I have HERE.