The trouble with Slappy

Slappy is our only male red eared slider turtle and for most of the year lives in harmony with the ladies. He and Dorothy, Blanche, Aurora, and Miss Tortuga have been in the same space for a couple of years. The area consists of three ponds with plenty of room for basking and roaming.

Every year during springtime Slappy begins to pester the ladies. We have to put up temporary fencing which somehow he always manages to destroy. This year his behavior has gotten worse and he started biting Miss Tortuga.

Last weekend we had nearly completed the new area for red eared sliders Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup who joined our family a few months ago. The permanent fencing and new pond were in place. The only thing left was to add the shade cloth border and hook up the pond filter.

When we discovered Slappy’s bad behavior we adjusted our plans. We quickly finished the new enclosure and pulled him away from the ladies and placed him in the new area by himself. The small pond is working out great and he’s been enjoying walking around the new space. The ladies are now happy and relaxing without Slappy pestering them.

The female red eared sliders always seem to get along. As we’ve had new additions to the turtle area they check each other out and go on their merry way. This weekend we’ll place Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup into the now female only turtle area. With three ponds there’s plenty of room for everyone! Fingers and claws crossed for turtle harmony!

Thank you for reading and have a happy animal filled day! 🙂 Mrs. Zoo

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