Back in 2011, I have shared the way I train my baby turtles…the training was for Kame and Kroten but I still use it toward Kurome and Papoe.

(If you haven’t seen/read it, click her> How To Train Your Turtles)

I am going to highlight point 8: Let them sleep next to your bed once in a while.

I know I am doing what most turtle owners don’t do!! But…it works well, so I do it all the time and my turtles seem happy every morning πŸ™‚

Every night, somewhere between 7pm to 9pm (depends on what time I get back from work) I took all my turtles out of their tanks, wipe them with their ‘towel‘ and then set them free in my room.

Kurome on my keyboard looking at my favorite comedian, Noel Fielding

At that time, most my turtles are already sleepy… especially Kroten. Kurome is the only one who sleeps late…he will walk around the room aimlessly and sometime sit nicely on my keyboard like the time Kurome shared about Noel Fielding >>>>

Kroten and Papoe will sleep immediately, the two of them enjoy sleeping a lot. Kurome is always the most active out of all my turtles…probably his species. He often disturbs Kroten who is already fast asleep (I will share this another time).

Anyway…let’s move on on my turtles’ favorite sleeping spot.


Kroten is the fastest sleeper. She sleeps on her basking area before 7pm. I pick her up and put her nicely on her ‘bed‘ right next to mine. She used to be a restless sleeper, she woke up on every sound…but as she gets older, she sleeps more soundly, only awakes when I touch her.

She stays on her ‘bed’ till morning.




After he feels enough exploring my room, he goes to his favorite sleeping spot…behind the tank!

I don’t know why he loves sleeping there…but he always sleeps there since the first time I let him out of the tank. At first, I taught him to sleep in the clean rags like Kroten, but he kept running away. Then I put him in the box along with the rags, he kept moving around the box and being very noisy. Then I gave up and let him chose his own spot…he found it and sleeps there till this day.




As I have shared in 13 things about Papoe : #6. Papoe loves sleeping under my pillow. I always set him free on my bed because I am afraid I might accidentally step on him. He will straight away dig himself under the pillow.

Now, I provide you with proof of him sleeping under anything. (unfortunately, the box-room didn’t work well)


Under my pillow


Under Nyunyu

I have two pillows, I usually let Papoe sleeps under one of the pillows…but most of the time, I lift him up and move him to a small bowl filled with rags.

Well…that’s it πŸ™‚

I have no particular reason when I start doing this to my turtles, but since it worked well with Kame…I will continue doing this. I love waking up in the morning and seeing Kroten and Kurome busy following me around…Papoe is learning from few feet (turtle feets) away and hoping he will follow his bigger siblings soon πŸ˜‰

I will close this post with Papoe looking annoyed because I lift Nyunyu to reveal him trying to sleep πŸ˜‰


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55 responses »

  1. Janet Roper says:

    Turtles like their own comfy sleeping quarters too – Kurome’s is a most unique place to sleep! Thanks for sharing

    • Novroz says:

      Hi Janet, welcome to our blog πŸ™‚
      Yeah I believe so too. My late Kame used to have her own ‘room’ , I called it room because it was under a table. I wonder why Kurome loves that spot.

  2. Soooo cute. Love all their different personalities and sleeping preferences.

    • Novroz says:

      Thank you Susan πŸ™‚
      It still amazed me how my 3 turtles have different personalities … before housing a turtle, I thought they were all the same.

  3. That is soo cute! Love how Kroten sleeps on her very own bed… that is just too cool.

    • Novroz says:

      Thank you Ann πŸ™‚
      On her first year with me, she always slept behind the cabinet…trying to hide from me as hiden as possible…but now, she is comfortable sleeping next to me ❀

  4. ilovecats says:

    Thank you for sharing. I had no idea you could train them like you have. Do they snore?

  5. Gizmo says:

    This is so interesting…never knew turtles would sleep on a bed…Love that picture of little Papoe burrowed in under that big stuffed turtle

  6. FleaByte says:

    That’s so darling! I love that the turtles sleep near you!

    • Novroz says:

      Thank you Flea πŸ™‚
      I think letting pets sleep near us can create stronger bond…never read about it, just a thought πŸ˜‰

      Ps. Please leave your blog url, I can read your blog πŸ™‚

  7. Binky says:

    Perhaps in the wild, Papoe’s and Kurome’s species like to sleep in a cave or under a rock or something like that. It probably gives them protection and makes them feel safe.

    • Novroz says:

      I also think like that…but I haven’t seen much photos of those species in the wild. I have seen a lot of photos showing RES sleeping peacefully on a log or rock. I guess that’s why both Kame and Kroten can sleep easily on their basking area and on their ‘bed’

      But…Kurome sometimes slept on his basking area too. Papoe always sleep under the ramp. I need search more on these two species.

  8. I never knew they were so intelligent, I have only ever seen them living in tanks.. I think it is great what you do with your babies πŸ™‚ xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • Novroz says:

      Thank you Mollie and Alfie πŸ™‚
      Turtle is said to be one of the smartest reptile…I read it few years ago. The fact that they recognize their name is one proof πŸ™‚

  9. Nekoneko says:

    Hahahaha!! I have this mental picture of sneaky ninja turtles scampering around your room in the dark while you sleep up to all sorts of mischief!! πŸ˜‰

    Huh? Papoe doesn’t sleep in his wee box anymore? What happened? Did I miss something? Nosy kittens want to know…. πŸ˜‰

    • Novroz says:

      Huahahaha….fortunately, they are all on their places when I get up and I always get up at 5am πŸ˜‰
      But…if they are Ninjas, they might wake up without me knowing it πŸ˜‰

      Oh…papoe keeps getting away from her box, unless I put a lot of rags inside. Once he ran away from the box and let me worried sick looking for him. So, I gave up and let him sleep under the pillow

  10. love that papoe sleeps under the plush turtle:-)

  11. Donna says:

    In Kurome case, probably because of dark. My turtles can’t sleep too if the lights on.
    In Papoe, don’t you scared your head or body will afflict Papoe while you sleep?

    • Novroz says:

      No I don’t πŸ˜‰ When papoe sleeps on my bed…he sleeps under a small pillow above my head, but mostly I moved him to a small baskom filled with rags

  12. Deb says:

    I see someone like to snuggle up is tight dark places. πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

  13. Shay says:

    Hi! I stumbled upon your blog a while ago but only recently had the courage to post a comment. >.<

    I was just wondering about how old did you start letting kurome & your other turtles sleep in her own bed? Ever since you got her? It's just because I want to start doing this with my turtle but I'm just scared it won't like it because it's been sleeping in its tank in the water ever since I got him 😦 (about 9 months ago)

    I'm really jealous of how your turtles react to you and how intimate they can be. But then again my turtle is still a baby.

    • Novroz says:

      Hi Shay πŸ™‚
      You don’t have to collect your courage to comment…all comments and questions are welcome anytime πŸ™‚

      Yup! Papoe was about 3 cm when I brought him home and I started the ‘bed’ training straight away. But to avoid the little one from running away, I put them inside a small basin filled with unused clothes. and I put them back into the tank in the morning. I think sleeping in the tank is the proper one but to make a bond with them, it’s nicer to let them sleep around us.

      My kame was still a baby when she began to understand her name…she was my genius turtle.

  14. Rosie says:

    love your pics πŸ™‚ I ❀ turtles

  15. […] Mommy had shared it before, I often sleep under a pillow. (Mommy shared it in Where do my baby turtles sleep). However, I did something different last […]

  16. […] have mentioned it in Where Do my baby Turtles Sleep that Kurome was always active before he actually sleeps in his favorite spot. On his active hour, […]

  17. Foutri says:

    Papoe is like my Sanbi… Sleep under pillow, but sometimes I let him sleep in his bed.. πŸ˜€

  18. Alexis says:

    Maybe Kurome like a safe spot?

    Same thing with my little rascals. Tuesday sleeps immediately I have found out when she is in a soft bed. I got 2 cardboard boxes. One bigger than the other. Than I got two old pillow cases and filled them with toy doll stuffing. I put a scarf in Tuesdays for her to hide.

    Buddy is very scratchy so I am alittle nervous every time I put him in lol

  19. Maitreyee says:

    I hav a lil Indian flapshell turtle n I also share my bed with him..n like ur Papoe….Losty also sleeps under pillows, I lift him up slowly and move him to his little tank filled with small blanket.. I love to do this. Losty also sleeps within a min.I read this because i thought I m doing weird but m free now…after reading this…thanku

  20. cherry says:

    Is it fine that they sleep on bed overnight ??? because its a mind set that they should sleep in their water tank??

    • Novroz says:

      It’s a mindset that you shouldn’t touch turtles πŸ˜‰

      I would say do what you think best for your turtle πŸ™‚ Turtles can actually stay out of water for days and still alive. I only let mine out over a night.

      • cherry says:

        is there any chances of negative impact over your turtle health, if they are outside the water tank overnight ? &
        please do share some more information about how to make your turtle happy & familiar to you ?

      • Novroz says:

        So far…I haven’t seen any negative effects. All I got are positive effects, such as they become closer to me and never bite when they are outside the tank

  21. turtlelover says:

    Aww, that’s really cute. However, don’t always let Kurome sleep behind the tank, the dust isnt good for him

  22. Samantha says:

    Can i do this even to my very very shy turtle (will be first gotcha day in October) and older turtle who prefers to be alone (6th gotcha day in end of December)? i want to grow a bond to them, but am afraid to stress them out!

    also sorry! i have been commenting a lot on your posts (this is my third comment ^^;)

  23. caroline davis says:

    This is so cute ,I have just first terrapin after yrs of wanting one ,I rescue all sorts of fish ….so I went and got myself one yesterday ,its so friendly ? I put my finger in he swam to it and his legs ,arms and shell all fited on my one finger ,hes been under his plant leaf all night and is still there now is this normal hrs only a baby atm I tried to feed him but he’s not intrested though there are snails with him and I have seen one this morning with shell smashes and its still sliding along still alive (I pit them in for him to eat and clean agley if that last that long any help anyone can give me pls

    • Novroz says:

      Hi Caroline,
      New turtles are usually shy, they get better as time passes. Sorry for this very late answer, I hope your turtle has been eating well by now.

  24. Sierra says:

    I thought I was the only one who’s turtle loves to sleep in the bed under the pillow lol

  25. Chin Chin says:

    I have quite a few questions in mind as I might start sleeping with my terrapin. β€’βˆ†β€’
    I was wondering whether the laundry detergent used to wash the fabrics could bring harm to the terrapin itself, and that should I wash them with a mild laundry detergent or scalding water instead?
    Lastly, thank you! \(β€’vβ€’)/

  26. Natalia says:

    I thought I was the only crazy one that actually allowed her turtle to go outside of the tank. Mine sleeps on her own bed and is very picky about blankets (I got her a doll bed from ikea and a fleece blanket) she used to sleep with me until winter came and it got so cold for my husband and I to sleep on the floor with her. She loved it so much!

    • Novroz says:

      Hi Natalia πŸ™‚

      So happy to meet another turtle lover who treats her turtle like ordinary pet regardless what people said πŸ™‚

  27. cait says:

    how often do youl et your turtles sleep out of their tank? i’m a new turtle owner and my turtles only a few months old ( i think ) and i don’t wanna over due it and get my turtle sick or something.

  28. cait says:

    hey i was wondering how often you let them sleep out of their tank? i would’nt want to do it to much and hurt my turtles health.

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