Pong, the turtle :D

We have a pet turtle named Pong. (or pong-pong as my aunt calls him) He's been here for 6months or so... I don't know what kind of turtle he is, so just take a look.

 he's from my brother's friend :]
Pong was a shy-type at first; he wouldn't even get his head out of his shell. But after some time, he became comfortable with people around and started to play with us. PLAY means he follows you when you walk, or when you point your finger at him, he'll open his mouth. (talented. haha...)

I read that turtles need to eat at least 3 healthy foods a day. But Pong is so picky! He eats bananas before. Then, time came that he doesn't want it anymore. We tried feeding him leafy vegetables, to no avail. What he eats now is Gardenia's White Bread! SERIOUSLY.

Pong loves pictorials! LOL :]

My mom advised us to just put him in the wild. But we're afraid that he'll just be caught by other people and kill him... That'd be sad...

I hope Pong would live long... Anyway, if you're wondering where we keep him, well, he has a tub in front of our yard. But he doesn't stay inside it for long... He escapes then walks around the garden. We usually see him covered in mud! hehe... :)

I found some FUN FACTS about turtles here.
  • Turtles have been on the earth for more than 200 million years. They evolved before mammals, birds, crocodiles, snakes and even lizards.
  • The earliest turtles had teeth and could not retract their heads, but other than this, modern turtles are very similar to their original ancestors.
  • Several species of turtles can live to be over a hundred years of age including the American Box Turtle.
  • One documented case of longevity involves an adult Indian Ocean Giant Tortoise that when captured as an adult was estimated to be fifty years old. It then lived another 152 years in captivity.
  • Turtles live on every continent except Antarctica.
  • Turtles will live in almost any climate warm enough to allow them to complete their breeding cycle.
  • While most turtles don't tolerate the cold well, the Blanding's turtle has been observed swimming under the ice in the Great Lakes region.
  • Turtles range in size from the 4-inch Bog Turtle to the 1500 pound Leathery Turtle.
  • North America contains a large variety of turtle species but Europe contains only two species of turtles and three species of tortoises.
  • The top domed part of a turtle's shell is called the carapace and the bottom underlying part is called the plastron.
  • The shell of a turtle is made up of 60 different bones all connected together.
  • The bony portion of the shell is covered with plates (scutes) that are derivatives of skin and offer additional strength and protection.
  • Most land tortoises have high domed carapaces that offer protection from the snapping jaws of terrestrial predators. Aquatic turtles tend to have flatter more aerodynamically shaped shells. An exception to the dome-shaped tortoise shell is the pancake tortoise of East Africa that will wedge itself between narrow rocks when threatened and then inflates itself with air making extraction nearly impossible.
  • Most turtle species have five toes on each limb with a few exceptions including the American Box Turtle of the carolina species that only has four toes and in some cases only three.
  • Turtles have good eyesight and an excellent sense of smell. Hearing and sense of touch are both good and even the shell contains nerve endings.
  • Some aquatic turtles can absorb oxygen through their skin on their neck and cloacal areas allowing them to remain submerged underwater for extended periods of time and enabling them to hibernate underwater.
  • Turtles are one of the oldest and most primitive groups of reptiles and have outlived many other species. One can only wonder if their unique shell is responsible for their success.
 That's all for now. Honestly, I just can't think of anything good to post today... hehe :)

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6 lovely comments Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ:

  1. cute.... its remind me with my 4 turtle(◕‿◕✿)

  2. omg.. i can't imagine petting a reptile! hehehe. doesn't your turtle smell scaly, you know, that reptile smell snakes or big lizards got.. hehehe.. kiddin'..

    this is pretty informative, lily, new nuggets i could store inside my 'shell', indeed! this particular fact though makes me sad: that turtles shells have nerve endings! god knows how many times ive poked and scratched the back of the tiny turtle my cousin used to own.. );

    hmm, i dont think it would be a good idea to let your turtle out in the wild, because he has already evolved into a civilized turtle! he eats bananas and Gardenia, for christ's sake! hahaha

    and the monkey emoticons? they're just too cute.. mind if you tell me how you got them? (i hope it doesnt involve 'greasemonkey plug-ins or any other plug ins hehe)

  3. oh! I want to have turtles too..

    I tagged you lily, check my latest post!

  4. thanks for taking time to read people!

    @karen: Pong sometimes smells like that, but we clean him at least 3x a week. haha... :)

    anyway, i got those cute emoticons @ http://www.glitter-graphics.com/

  5. i have turtle before like yours, he's very masungit eh, i have to feed him with much veggies, that he can't resist! favorite niya kasi yung mga gulay... Kaso nakawala siya sa kulungan niya kaya nawala siya.... :(