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FOREVER FRIENDS: Venus and Neptune, sister turtles, ready to move

作者:admin 2020-05-24

Turtles, turtles, rah, rah, rah.

Bonded four-year-old turtles and sisters Venus and Neptune, both female red-eared sliders, are available for adoption at the Toronto Humane Society, especially since they have been living at their temporary digs for two years now.

They were surrendered when their owner passed away.

“Turtles are our longest stay animals,” said Toronto Humane Society spokesman Hannah Sotropa. “They do stay around longer than any other species in the shelter.”

Venus and Neptune, who have to be adopted together, definitely require a committed new Forever Home.

“Turtles can live up to 50-plus years old so (they need) an owner ready to take on that commitment, keeping them happy, keeping them healthy, for that duration of time because it’s hard to say how long they might live,” said Sotropa.

“Turtles can be great companions. You’d be surprised how much you can bond with turtles, especially if you have 50 plus years to look forward to with them.”

Red-eared slider turtles Neptune and Venus, are available for adoption at the Toronto Humane Society in Toronto, Ont. on Wednesday May 20, 2020. Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun

Venus and Neptune, who are each about the size of a medium to large dinner plate, do require daily attention and care and would have to live in an 80- to 100-gallon aquarium with a large external filter that has to be turned over about twice per hour and a UV light.

“It’s extremely important for them,” Sotropa said of the light. “It helps to mimic the sun which they would use in their natural habitat as well. It’s really great for their absorption of calcium, for their shells and for their overall skin health as well as a tanning area. They’ll hop out of the water and they’ll go sit in the sun.”

Venus and Neptune also require gentle handling and generally don’t like to be picked up, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be trained.

“Turtles can actually be clicker-trained, which is so fascinating,” said Sotropa of the reptiles who feed on pellets and produce. “So you can have enrichment or training sessions similar to what you would do with a dog or a cat. You can also set up obstacle courses for them to run so they can get their daily exercise. So there’s lots of things that you can do with turtles that people don’t realize that you can do.”

Sotropa also says the best home for Venus and Neptune would generally be one without young kids.

“We generally don’t recommend sending a turtle home to a house with kids, only because there could be the risk of inappropriate handling,” said Sotropa. “With that said, we never work within black and white mindset. So if there is a candidate who has had turtle experience in the past who is in a house with young kids and is committed to supervising them the entire time during a handling that might be a situation where a turtle could safely go to a house with kids.”

UPDATE: Cone the seven-year-old diabetic black cat, from April’s Forever Friend column, is still looking for a forever home.

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