I have been trying to get a turtle for my garden for quite a while.
Not the little green ones like kids often get and keep in the little plastic tray
wirth a plastic palm tree,
But a native turtle that can live in my garden and eat slugs and such. I have a lot of slugs in my garden.
I’ve tried friends, I’ve tried at the mercado, I tried old guys that live in el campo.
And finally, a neighbor got one that she was willing to part with.
So, what I have is a Yucatecan Box Turtle, a subspecies of the Carolina Box Turtle.
I have a large garden, with lots of plants and hiding places so a perfect environment for a turtle to live and thrive. I do hope to get a male.
I have seen turtle every day, but sometimes it takes quite a while to locate her, she gets around. But has now selected 2 favorite spots.
She loves papaya and cherry tomatoes. Turned her nose up at pineapple.
I hope for her to someday get comfortable and come out when she hears me and to be able to hand her tidbits to eat.