Painted Turtle, Green Alien And Bronze Freckles

by Sherry Riter in Family,Turtle

what lies under the mesh cover

What lies beneath the wire mesh cover? My life is so exciting, I’m sure you are gripping the arms of your chair in anticipation of the answer to that question and you can’t hardly wait to read this blog entry. (Humor me and just agree.)

It has been a little bit since I’ve said anything about Turtle. Since I just love the little stubborn creature, I don’t want him to feel left out in case he actually jumps out of his tank each morning so he can read my blog after I leave for work. (I often have a wild imagination.) However, I did prove to you last time that Turtle can read and my mother can attest to the fact. I’m just not sure about the “jumping out of his tank each morning” part.

As you know, I love Turtle’s bright orange tummy with the crazy design.

orange tummy on painted turtle

I also think it is so cute when he sticks just his nose out of the water. If you look really close at the edge of the brown part of his shell on top, you can tell that some of the pieces are about to pop off. Yeah, Turtle is sloughing again.

Turtle the painted turtle

When I get up close, I can see his nose holes flare open ever so slightly. Of course, I’m wearing my bifocals when I’m looking because otherwise he would just be one blurry mess.

Turtles eyes and nose holes

After I cleaned the tank and added some new fake plants to it, I pulled a chair close to the tank so I could watch Turtle swim. He was loving all the extra room because I took the big stack of rocks out of there and gave him a floating dock. Every time I talk about the dock, I keep saying “docking station” by accident. (rolling my eyes at myself)

orange tummy on painted turtle swimming

The thing that keeps Turtle’s attention the most isn’t what is INSIDE the tank as much as what is now OUTSIDE of the tank.

Turtle is staring at the green alien

Turtle has a friend. No, not a live friend because the last thing I need is another living thing that poops! However, I believe that Turtle thinks his new friend is a LIVING turtle. Don’t even try to tell me that Turtle can’t “think” because I know better. Turtle is a Super Turtle and different than ALLLLLL other turtles on the planet. (I might be stretching it a wee bit.)

Turtle is focused on green alien

Turtle’s pseudo-turtle-friend is Green Alien. Yeah, I named him something original too. (writing down the name of everyone that laughed at my lack of imagination)

Turtle with the green alien

There’s a whole lot of staring going on between the glass of the turtle tank. When Turtle gets really close to Green Alien sometimes he puts his front legs and claws kind of close together and draws his head in a little too.

Turtle staring at the green alien

Turtle gets closer and closer to Green Alien and when he is really close, his legs shake and flutter like he is scared. Mom thought he was in fighting mode, but when he is on the hunt, his head comes waaaaaay out of his shell. This is really very different than hunt-and-attack mode, but it is really very funny.

Turtles legs shaking close to alien

Most of the time I keep Green Alien’s big eyes facing Turtle. I think they both like it better that way. (No, I’m not insane.)

green alien staring at Turtle

Sometimes Turtle gets still and just glides and floats through the water under the watchful eye of Green Alien. Turtle is really rather graceful in a turtle sort of way.

orange tummy on painted turtle floating

I think Green Alien has been a nice addition to the Tank Community. (Tank Community = everything in the tank and everything on the stand outside of the tank). Turtle spends plenty of time conversing with his friend, Green Alien. Sometimes if he stays there too long, I move Green Alien for awhile so that Turtle can be more turtlish. (Hey! I just made up a word! How’s THAT for imagination?!)

Turtle hiding head in shell

As you can see, the leafy plant that I bought for Turtle’s tank is BRIGHT red. It is tall enough to go from the bottom of the tank all the way to the mesh that covers the tank and it has a weighted rock bottom. Well, when I first put it in the tank, Turtle immediately started biting it. I was so glad it wasn’t my finger he was biting! When Turtle discovered that he couldn’t eat the plant, he started dragging it around the tank. Yeah, so much for the heavy weighted bottom! Turtle is VERY strong. I never know where the fake plants are going to be because he is constantly moving them all over the tank.

Turtles brown shell is clean

As you can tell in the previous photo, Turtle’s shell is brown and clean. However, when you look at his shell from a particular angle, it looks like Turtle has shiny bronze freckles! It is the wildest thing! When I take him out of the tank to brush his shell, I am amazed that nothing looks shiny and the top of his whole shell is just muted brown colors. Yes, I do brush his shell with a scrubby brush because it keeps it clean. Also when he is sloughing layers off his shell, I think the brushing scratches and feels good. Turtle usually isn’t squirmy once he realizes I’m brushing his shell and that’s why I think it feels good to him. (Proof that Turtle has “feelings”)

Turtles golden shell like freckles

What an exciting little group we have become…

Bella and me sitting by candlelight watching Turtle swim around and play with Green Alien.

bella alien me and painted turtle

My life is so exciting that I have no idea how you are able to wait for a new post the next day. It probably keeps you awake at night wondering what fun I’m going to be up to next. (It’s time to humor me again.)


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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 mom July 10, 2012 at 3:26 am

I think you need to find a hobby,lol. When you move we have to change that sitting and watching turtle. You are young lovely and ALIVE!!! Your mama loves you and still believes in Cinderella .


2 The Redhead Riter July 10, 2012 at 6:29 am

I have plenty of hobbies and I don’t believe in Cinderella. Time for you to grow up, Mom.


3 Skip_D July 10, 2012 at 4:24 am

I’m glad you posted again about Turtle! I’ve missed hearing about him. I think it’s charming the way he pays attention to Green Alien, & I laughed about how he redecorates his tank! I love turtles, & as you know, I have a pretty big African tortoise, & I know that turtles & tortoises have a lot of personality & individuality. Your Turtle is very handsome & delightful, & he clearly realizes how well you care for him, & gives you a lot of – well, if not exactly love, then definitely appreciative attention! 🙂


4 The Redhead Riter July 10, 2012 at 6:32 am

LOL Yes, Turtle gives me lots of attention and I love it! Like right now…his tank light is still off because it is 6:30 a.m. and the tank is covered in darkness, so Turtle should be sleeping. Is he? Um…I think my alarm woke him up because he is shoving stuff around his tank again. Such a funny creature!


5 Kim stapf July 10, 2012 at 7:28 am

Very busy turtle. Love his home, very colorful. We a a bearded dragon, love him. Have a great day.


6 The Redhead Riter July 10, 2012 at 7:45 am

Thank you, Kim. Does your bearded dragon do crazy things like my turtle? I think lizards are scary!!! LOL


7 Stéfan July 10, 2012 at 10:21 am

I think it is really great that you felt like “an exciting little group” because I relate to this with my dogs and cat. We often all hang out and these moments are precious.


8 The Redhead Riter July 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I was excited and Turtle was excited, but Bella wishes Turtle would disappear forever. LOL


9 Susanne July 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm

All I can say is thank you so much for your post today. You are the only person who has made me laugh in weeks. It’s been one big thing after another..won’t bother with details. I love that Turtle is called Turtle. Nothing more, nothing less and the same goes for Green Alien. It reminds me of when I deal with my youngest nieces and nephews. Bear is Bear etc. Through their child’s eyes, all is simple and straight forward. As it should be and I can only hope it will be again. Oh and by the way, Turtle lead me to read 25 ways to overcome disappointment. Thank you Sherry and Turtle. Oh and please give Bella a hug from me.


10 The Redhead Riter July 11, 2012 at 7:46 am

I’m so glad I made you laugh! I love laughing because it feels so good!

You know, Susanne, I haven’t ever thought about the child naming aspect before now, but you are right. Children do name things by their given name like a bear is Bear. I guess that my turtle being named Turtle kind of proves that I am “simple and straightforward.” Thank you! I now have proof that I am what I am and I say it like I mean it!

I’m glad you read the other post too. I go back and read it too for myself. LOL My blog has become a great source of comfort for me – the facts, advice, memories and lovely comments all bring me happiness. Have a wonderful day Susanne! {{hugsss}}


11 Joan July 12, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Your photographs of Turtle in his tank are beautiful and your imagination rocks! Yes, you and Turtle have definitely formed a bond! And as for Green Alien – well, I think Turtle might have found his soul mate! 🙂


12 Chris September 30, 2015 at 7:49 am

Hi Redheader Riter,
I just ran across this blog and it made me happy to know that I am not alone in believing “things” about my turtles. Thank you for the smiles today.
PS: I hope all is well with you and turtle.


13 Sherry Riter November 23, 2015 at 8:58 am

Turtle is great! Thank you!


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