can turtles be happy alone?
Posted 07 October 2003 - 07:28 PM
My question is for "Valor" my little eastern painted.He lives alone.Do turtles get lonely?Would he be happier with a friend? Or can he live alone just fine? I was thinking maybe when he got older they could maybe all live together..If not maybe I should think of a buddy for him...[^]opinions please....
Posted 08 October 2003 - 12:09 PM
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Posted 08 October 2003 - 12:26 PM
And Dancer, no offence but is it really an option not to get a buddy for Valor? [
You know you *want* one more turtle. We all want one more I guess [[[
Posted 08 October 2003 - 12:33 PM
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Posted 08 October 2003 - 06:15 PM
I do notice a how species behave differently, but that could just be a behavioural trait. I won't argue that cooters seem more social, because all the cooters I've seen I've noticed this.
I do think that turtle can live alone, but may do better in groups for fitness reasons.
Posted 09 October 2003 - 01:47 AM
Thought about getting a bigger tank and roommate for Spartacus, but he takes up enough room alone, plus he just does his own thing all day.
As long as he has his bark and rocks to hump, flutter at, and some feeder fish to chase....
...I honestly think he only really cares about eating,looking for food, begging for food, basking, and trying to hump rocks. I don't think much else goes through his mind.
Posted 09 October 2003 - 02:24 AM
Posted 09 October 2003 - 05:30 AM
However, I know one thing for sure: it has nothing to do with the size of their brains. Size does not matter! [
And that holds true even for brains (e.g. male human brains are on average larger than female onesÖ.)
Posted 09 October 2003 - 06:20 AM
Turtles aren't like humans, so we don't know if they even have logic. For all we know they could love being alone. I notice social interactions between turtles, but I do not think they care that the other turtle is around, they just swim on by or use the other turtle as a floation device.
Turtles are not humans, therefore, we cannot rationalize them thinking like humans.
Posted 09 October 2003 - 07:21 AM
Its my eastern painted I'm thinking of for a buddy..He seems content alone..but really going to think on this one...one more painted.....[
Posted 09 October 2003 - 07:25 AM
Sometimes I think my two YBS stick together, even doing things together (playing maybe) But of course thatís *my* interpretation, not theirs
On the other hand Iíve never even tried to separate them but maybe they donít mind being alone. I donít know.
About the brain thing: I hope I did not offend you. At least I didnít mean to.
I just could not resist the tempation, being a neuroscientist myself. Sorry [
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