Can skittish turtles become more friendly?
Posted 23 May 2012 - 06:45 AM
My question is if I move them to the living room in my new house are they likely to get used to more human contact or are they likely to just hide all the time and get shell rot etc due to lack of basking? Ive tried enclosing their basking platform but it seems they dont like that either, presumably because they cant see me coming!
I can put them either in the living room or the dining room (which would get less use), obviously I want to show them off and interact with them but I dont want to stress them out either.
Any opinions would be greatly appreciated cheers.
Posted 25 May 2012 - 11:27 PM
Posted 25 July 2012 - 01:03 PM
In general, make sure their living situation is physically comfortable as possible. Maybe they're stressed out. Don't handle them too much; that makes them uncomfortable. Just think about what would make them feel secure in their tank.
Posted 20 June 2013 - 02:57 PM
I would make the move. Sometimes it works, especially if you have more than one turtle. My Rio Grande slider was extremely shy, until I got two YBS. Almost over night she was begging for food and wanting me to approach their tank. Now she dives off the basking area to splash up against the tank for me to feed her! Bottom line is, I think it would probably be worth the effort to try. If they don't adjust or stop eating because of too much activity near them you may need to go back to letting them avoid people. If it works, though, you will be much happier and they will be less stressed in the long run. Give it a try.
Posted 20 June 2013 - 04:32 PM
I would move them into the living room, for sure! My Mud, Nickel, used to be skittish when he was younger - I used to have his tank in my bedroom and all he ever saw was me. I rarely saw him bask because anytime I walked in the room, he dove off his dock and was hiding in the water!
When I moved, I decided to move his tank into my living room. Nickel became the center of the household. He really started becoming comfortable and loving the attention! Now everytime I walk in the door, Nickel dives into the water but he isn't hiding - he's just swimming around with excitement because he is soo happy people are around!
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