Collared - Baltimore Sun readers' pets [Pictures]
TELL US ABOUT YOUR PET: We're interested in cats and dogs, but also hamsters, hedgehogs, turtles, horses, chickens -- the whole pet gamut.
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Tippy the Turtle( Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun / June 10, 2014 )
John Raine was mowing the lawn at his home in St. Michaels when he spotted something moving in the grass, so he stopped to see what it was.
"Next thing you know," he says, "we have a pet."
The movement came from a baby box turtle, who now lives something of a charmed life between St. Michaels and the Towson condo of Raine and his wife, Barbara. Tippy enjoys days in his own little plastic habitat, complete with wood chips, sun lamp, and turtle cave (half round hollow log), which beats having one's shell knocked off by the Lawn Boy any day.
"He's been to Dover Downs and traveled the bay on our boat," says Raine.
Tippy starts his days with a little washdown and breakfast of fresh ground beef, mealworms, or greens with a calcium supplement; ground beef is his favorite. He then has some free-roaming time around the house before returning to his turtle cave and hiding for much of the day. Interestingly, Raine says, Tippy's shell is too small for him to close up completely.
Tippy got his name when Raine called his wife to say he'd found the little critter -- Barbara was in Ocean City with a friend at a "Tipsy Turtle Thursday" event.
This is not Raine's first pet turtle: He rescued another one 40 years ago, but Tippy lives larger than the first.
"The only real surprise with Tippy is that he pretty much hides all day," says Raine. "Online, we learned that this is why box turtles aren't great pets for children. They're just not very active."
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-Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun