I’m fairly new here, and I’ve been lurking around a bit and checking out everyone’s beautiful reptiles. I don’t personally own any reptiles, but at my high school I care for three turtles and a baby snake, who live in my biology teacher’s classroom. At home I have two dogs, three cats and three guinea pigs.
(Sorry for the poor photos, I’m usually pretty low on time when I get to see these guys)
Here are the turtles, who are all named after plastics. Straw is swimming behind her dock in this picture so you can only barely see one of her legs.
Straw, female red eared slider. Almost 4 inches
She’s the smallest of all the turtles so also has the smallest claws and is therefore most fun to hold.
Balloon, female red eared slider. 4.5 inches
Balloon’s ‘ears’ are more orange than red compared to straw, although you can’t tell from this photo. She’s the shyest of the turtles, and likes to chill in her shell for a bit when she’s being handled.
Six-pack or Sixxie, male western painted turtle. 5 inches
My personal favorite! He’s fiesy and the largest of all. He was a really picky eater when we first got him, only accepting mealworms. I was able to get him eating pellets by feeding them with the mealworm tongs.
And here’s Twig, a baby bullsnake! He’s growing really slow, so definitely drop a comment if you’ve got experience with this species.
Also at my high school, another science and biology teacher owns a bearded dragon named Queso, who I thought I’d share as well.
In the future I’d like to own crested geckos, leopard geckos, leachies, blue tongue skinks, bearded dragons, ball pythons, corn snakes, California kingsnakes, boa constrictors, Russian tortoises, and musk turtles, as well as more “traditional” pets including dogs and cats, as well as smaller mammals like guinea pigs, rats, etc. Plus I like frogs, snails. hissing cockroaches and isopods. Since researching pets is one of my favorite things to do, I’ve got quite a list going.
Anyway, it’s 4 am here so I’m bouta sleep