This is a serious post…very serious.
I don’t know whether I have ever told you this or not, that Kurome is my favorite out my three turtles (although I still consider Kame as my most favorite one but among the ones still alive, Kurome is)…However, it seems that my other turtles hate him so much…or maybe his black color makes him hated 😦
I have shared how Kroten doesn’t like Kurome (here) because she always wants to bite him and sometimes even chases him just to bite his tail. I have fixed the problem by rotating them, when Kroten is on the floor, Kurome is in the tank and vice verse.
However…things doesn’t stop there 😦
When I took Kurome home, I knew he wasn’t perfect. Another turtle had snatched his tail. This is how a normal Reeves turtle’s tail looks like :
Kurome had lost his long tail since I met him.
In my care he has turned into a caring and spoiled turtle. Always chases and smells me. I love being chased by him.
I have noticed that sometimes, Kurome and Papoe’s tank was a bit too noisy but I never really caught what really happened. One day, I finally I saw what happened…Papoe was chasing Kurome. Nothing serious happened…till Last week!!
I came home from work and saw Kurome on his basking area sulking. I picked him up and saw what was wrong with him. His tail was badly injured.
Here’s another clearer angle:
And also on the other side
Papoe had chased him all day and bitten his tail…his already crippled tail 😦
You know, honestly if I don’t love Papoe as much as I love Kurome, I would have thrown him away… fortunately, even though Kuro is my favorite but I love all three of them equally.
Being a parent, I have to think of a way for the two to live together as I can’t have more tank. I live together with a roommate, I still have to consider her if I want to add extra tank…If I live alone I would instantly add new tank. So, I divided the tank like this:
Kurome gets stressed easily. When I moved here, he kept his distance for 2 to 3 days before he finally recovered and started playing with me again. When the biting happened, after I cleaned his wound and apply ointment on it, he was once again hid away from me 😦
I called him again and again and he was still hiding till I fetch him from his hiding place. It went on for three days. Then he got over his stress and began showing his face around…not hiding anymore but still kept his distance from me.
I consider myself lucky because Kurome’s stress doesn’t make him lost his appetite (always a good sign when turtle is still eating)…and since two days ago, he had acted normally again. This morning he had shown his usual ritual again…chasing and smelling me 🙂
His wound had healed but the skin hasn’t grown again to cover the wounded tail. Sorry for the bad quality photos.
I am so happy that Kurome is his normal-self again now…love him to bits.
According to someone at redearslider.com, it’s probably something about the darker color that triggers the territorial instincts. Time like this, I wish I can read turtle’s mind (sigh)