When Melanie emailed us pictures of her miniature garden the other week, we sat and giggled – and then we wanted our own turtle. Here is her story of Miniature Gardening with Nemo down in Louisiana.
“My husband and I found a baby box turtle last spring. We’ve experimented with many different habitats. Our first one did not allow sufficient drainage. While we were at work, there came a downpour, when we arrived home we found our baby turtle hanging on by the eave of his modified bird-turtle house just a paddling – so we named him “Nemo.” To celebrate Nemo’s second spring with us we created a new home for him. My love of miniature gardening also provides a whimsical habitat for Nemo.”
I consider this a very good reason to move to Louisiana. ;o)
It appears that our miniature garden pond is a good watering hole for Nemo although it not is necessarily deemed “food-safe.” The large Lagoon shape has a ledge that helps the turtle walk in and out of the pond easily. Turtles need their water changed daily to keep it free from contaminants that may get the wee turtle sick.
Turtles need proper care and diet just like dogs and cats do. There are a number of different kinds of turtles, and each one is a bit different in their needs. A miniature garden may not be suitable for your pet. Be sure to do your due-diligence and create the right kind of environment with the proper care, for any pet.
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They should set him free. It is very hard to keep a turtle healthy in captivity.
No, once you have the tortoise or turtle, you can’t just release him or her into the wild. Said turtle must be given to someone who can properly take of him or her or kept by original owner. I think this person is giving their turtle friend a good life and a beautiful home. They are taking great care of him. Obviously they love him and should be his or her owner and know how to take care of him properly.
The environment is lovely and interesting for a box turtle ~ I would suggest they adopt ../ rescue another turtle for Nemo ~ Single is ok but I
really think every species needs a sis or bro ~ `I would also like to know ~ what is the
Hollow Cave material ~ it appears a natural substance ~ wonderful for turtles ~ they love ‘hides’
Box turtles are actually quite solitary. Also, we’ve had one for over 30 years and were told by the DNR to keep her, since we’re having success keeping her alive.
They need a lot bigger swimming area they will become stunted as well as the land
She doesn’t keep him in there, he just visits.