It’s the end of March, which means that Papoe has been living with me and Kroten for almost 3 weeks now. When Papoe first came, I only put her in small container because his new house hadn’t been prepared yet….and I am not sure how great he is in swimming. After seeing him swimming eagerly in Kroten’s tank (of course without Kroten swimming along, she might think that Papoe is her new food…Papoe is still really small), I decided to set him a new ‘swimming room’ for himself.
Kame’s tank is now used by Kroten because that tank has clearer plastic and I love seeing my turtles swimming here and there in the tank. I give Kroten’s old tank o Papoe.
See the picture on the right>>>
I only filled 1/5 part of the tank because, once again, Papoe is still very small. I rearranged Kroten’s old basking area into something shorter (see the original basking area>> here, Kroten’s old basking area was on the right) so that Papoe can easily climbs it.
I also adjusted Kroten’s old water filter to be the right height for Papoe’s water level. I only used half size of it and cover the bottom with hand-made lid.
Papoe turns out to be a great swimmer, just like most water turtle….but, Papoe’s small body is often carried away by the current created by the filter. It is so fun to see him swim so hard to reach the area with less current.
A week ago, Papoe was still very shy and only took a rest by hanging on the filter. (see the photo below)
He is still shy up to today. He still stays in water and never climbs onto his basking area. I had to lift him up and put him on the basking area by myself.
He is really cute when posing on the basking area.
Look at how adorably cute he is!!! And he also has cute piggy nose 😉
However…recently (about two days ago), papoe showed some improvement with his shyness. He had moved from the filter to the ramp or stair to the basking area 🙂
He has been doing this kind of resting for the past week. The ramp is not too steep, it would be very easy for him to climb.
I hope he will start climbing that blue stair and bask on his area.
To keep his shell dry, I often dry him in a small towel and then set him free to roam around the room…of course with my eyes eying like hawk. He can easily lost in all the furniture. Can’t wait to see Papoe becomes a bit bigger and less worrying 😉
Hope you enjoy your room Papoe 🙂