I have been planning to elaborate my How To Train Your Turtle article into a more specific article since few months ago…but I wasn’t sure how to begin because almost everything my turtles did is not by training but more because they did it by themselves.
I finally came to a decision to write about how home-loving my turtles are.
I have read or heard stories about how someone lost their turtle because their turtle ran away from home. Honestly, at first I thought turtle has no sense of belonging, they would just run away when they feel like it…but I have changed my thought after Kame and Kroten show me that they prefer to stay inside our home than running away from home.
I often take my baby turtles out of their tanks and let them roam around the house because I want them to feel that the house also belongs to them, not only the tanks. I have never thought that my letting them play in the house will turn them into such homey turtles.
When I set them outside the house to catch the sun or just to let them stretch their tiny legs in the open air, I always sit in front of the door to make sure they are okay. This act makes them recognize their home easily. I will lead them home when I feel like they have already been out too long.
One day, I was still in my old house (I moved to my current house 3 years ago) and Kame was about 2 at that time, I was letting Kame to have her morning sun…and suddenly she walked back to the house without me calling her to go home. After that day, Kame loves spending her time inside the house rather than outside.
I have to close the door if I want her to stay under the sun.
Kame’s home-loving attitude is worse than Kroten. Kroten will stay still under the sun for more than an hour, I am the one who have to carry her inside. But Kroten never step outside the front porch, she will stay still under the protection of her house.
Both Kame and Kroten know their house perfectly. Here is a video that shows how homey my turtles are.
How trustful am I with my turtle?
Although they are not as obedient as dogs, but I really trust my turtle. I know they will never run away from me because they love their home 🙂
I did a little research of what they did when they disobeyed me…it turned out that they were only sitting on the front porch or circling the tree outside. They never stepped too far away from our home sweet home.
Kroten often does something that touches my heart. You know how she loves sunlight, right? Well, the front door often shined by the sun. Kroten would walk toward the light and when I told her to stay in front of the door, believe it or not…she stayed!! And I would continue my house chores. She would stay put till the light has shifted.
Her act often makes my father shakes his head in disbelieve.
I will close this post with a picture of Kroten waiting in front of the door 🙂