Usually, I would share about Kame on the last day of every month…however, today is a special day. I have new turtle 🙂
It was love at first sight.
I have no plan to add new turtle, I am always content with only 2 turtles in my live. There used to be Kame and Kroten, and then Kroten and Papoe. Last Thursday, I saw a plant and animal bazaar near Carrefour at Tamini Plaza (or is it Tamini Mall…I’m not quite sure which one). I was looking around out of curiosity, this kind of bazaar rarely sell turtles other than RES.
To my surprise, one of them sold reptiles. There were some species of turtles. I was so happy seeing them. I asked them whether they would me looking at a Mississippi turtle, but then my eyes drifted to a black turtle and asked then to take him instead.
…and he stole my heart. Look at this photo below, he is such a heart thief!!
I promised to be back on Saturday to take him home.
I went back and no one had bought him, so I bought him (a bit TOO expensive, I think…but love is blind). I know that I am not a good buyer when it comes to turtle. People told me that when buying pets, make sure they are perfect…well, Kroten was in bad condition when I brought her home…and Kurome is also not perfect.
His tail was cut off. Maybe other turtle bit it off.
He has marks of previous rotten shell. At least he is cured now…unlike when I bought Kroten.
He lost one nail on his right hand (see the first photo above)
Nevertheless…I had fallen in love and brought him home.
From a turtle forum in facebook, I found out that he is a Chinemys Reevesii. From googling I saw that this species has yellow lines…but Kurome is full black with no lines. See the image of normal Chinemys here. Even his eyes are black (no white part)
He has dark brown carapace.
He is crazy active!! He won’t stay still!! When I let him loose in my room, he keeps on walking around the room NONSTOP. I am the one who gets tired of seeing him…it’s like he never gets tired.
How do I know I finally have a male turtle? His cloaca is far from his plastron 🙂 (if his tail hasn’t been cut, he would have long tail too)
I had hard time naming him. From his species name, Reevesii… I was thinking of naming him Keanu because of their similar last name 😉 …but his personality is more like a storm than a breeze (Keanu).
Then I thought of naming him Stitch because I think he looks like Stitch in Lilo and Stitch. He also can’t stay still like Stitch.
Finally, I go with Kurome because I have lost my Japanese named turtle, Kame, and the fact that Chinemys Reevesii is found in China, Taiwan and JAPAN. Kurome is shorten version of 黒亀 (kurogame – I deleted ga), meaning Black Turtle.
Welcome to our little family, Kurome 🙂
I hope you’ll like me and your older sister, Kroten and little brother, Papoe.
Note: I will change the header when I finally got a good photo of him 🙂