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Ali the snapping turtle
Member Name: barbie84
Date: 06/03/08, updated on 04/04/10 (69 review reads)
Advantages: talk of all my visitors
Disadvantages: a prehistoric beast that will never be domesticated
We have rehomed quite a variety of turtles over the years, cooters, red eard sliders, yellow bellies, maps, side necks,mr and mrs tim our marsh turtles but it is ali my florider snapping turtle i realy want to tell you about.
Ali as we called him because i first thought he was an aligator snapping turtle untill i found he didnt have a worm on his tongue came to us 4 years ago after being rescued from a house where he was being kept in a plastic storage box. i was originally tod he was a marsh turtle so you can imagine my horror when he got here as he was nothing like timmy
Timmy is small, about 6 inches fully grown with a smooth brown shell and a cute rounded little head, ali on the other hand is 16 inches long on this shell then has a huge head and tail totalling about 28 inches in length from nose to tail.
His tail has got 3 spikes on it, his shell at the back is spikey, he has 3 ridges on his back and a very ugly warty looking face with a hoked jaw.
We quickly began to research him only to find they are very dangerous and can bite your finger off with one easy bite as there jaws are so powerful.
Next came the feeding problem, ali isnt particular about what he eats, anything that goes into his tank gets eaten, my heater, the pump, all air lines and plastic succers, so the hunt began for an ali proofed tank.
I found a coffee table fish tank which i wrote a review on previously for ali which works great as the heater and pump are in a filter box seperate from the tank itself and the water is pumped in and out through two holes in the glass.
This tank is 10mm lammy which is ideal for keeping ali locked up.
They originally come from florida and live in the bottom of muddy ponds so there is no need for a uv light as they dont bask.
I have tried feeding ali out of his tank but he wont eat out of the water, i thought this would be a good idea as he makes such a mess of his water with his food and is very difficult to clean.
Ali was supposed to be being rehomed but has become a focal point in my livingroom as no one was ever daft enough to take on the hastles of ali.
I have no idea how old he is or how long they usually live but he looks like something that belongs back with the dinosaurs, have a look, i will try to put a picture of him on here.
I feed ali on crab sticks, salad, king prawns, sardines, muscles and apple which he has a jug of each day.
I have never seen a animal so ugly or met anything so fantastic as ali, i know he isnt going to be everyones ideal pet but he is a great feature in my livingroom and the talk of all the visitors we ever get.
Summary: an amazing animal