Shelly Larratt

As you may recall, Nefarious has been begging me for a pet, and is always trying to sneak home frogs and other things that she catches. I finally let her get one, and her little turtle has joined Caitlin’s fish in our pond. Hopefully they get along and don’t eat each others food. Nefarious originally called the turtle “Turty” (sounds a little too much like “Turdy”), and then changed the name to “Shelly”, and has been waffling between them… Although she also considered more heroic names — “if it’s a boy, I’m calling him Superman, and if it’s a girl, I’m calling her Wonder Woman.” Personally I’m happy with “Shelly”, although I am sure that it is a very common name for turtles.



  1. Kyle wrote:

    Could have painted a superman cape on her shell providing it wasnt gonna hurt her.

    Friday, August 28, 2009 at 4:55 pm | Permalink
  2. Edurus_Fas wrote:

    If it’s a girl, Shelly…. if it’s a boy, Shelton :P

    Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 5:38 am | Permalink
  3. Joanne wrote:

    Won’t the turtle eat the fish when it gets bigger?

    Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 2:35 pm | Permalink
  4. Elizabeth wrote:

    Shelly’s beautifully green.

    Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 9:12 pm | Permalink
  5. Andrew wrote:

    Yeah it will eat the fish when it gets a bigger and they grow quite quickly too.

    Sunday, August 30, 2009 at 5:05 am | Permalink
  6. stefafra wrote:

    Oops, yes she will grow up, slowly but constantly, and yes, she will eat any fish as soon as she is big enough for it.
    The initially small and cute creatures are carnivorous, actually mine got big on a diet of raw minced meat and cuttlefish bone (cuttlebone?), they need the extra calcium to build new shell otherwise they get soft, ill and die.
    As for the sex, it might be very difficult to say, once I read that males have a slightly concave lower shell and female are flatter, but I don’t really know even after having one of those for 20 year. In Europe they are considered a pest because people dump them in ponds and lakes when they get too big and they eat everything that moves.
    It will stop eating and doing pretty much anything as soon as winter starts, put it in a cool place were it does not freeze to overwinter.

    Monday, August 31, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Permalink
  7. Sarah wrote:

    I have 2 turtles (one a red eared slider aswell) and they are ok with some fish. She should be ok with the fish since shes young and they are bigger than her, though she may nip at them a little. Im sure that she will et used to them being around as she grows up, and there wont be too much of an issue. :) Turtles are such great pets!!

    Monday, August 31, 2009 at 4:42 pm | Permalink
  8. Swathy wrote:

    can you tell me what species it belongs to?? i have the same kind but don’t know about its family origin or sex. :P

    Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 11:05 am | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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