Camilla arrived in my home in a Wednesday of April 1997.
She was very small, just 1,20 inches and I thought she would remain that small. I had no idea of how much they grow! Now she is 6 years old and she is more than 8 inches long.
Of course Camilla is not a common turtle.
You can not expect a turtle to do great things, but if we teach them something they can learn. Turtles recognize who takes care of them and if we love them they will show all their affection.
Camilla is a very tender turtle and I use to spoil her a lot : she likes if I take and caress her, she has lots of fun when I let her free to wander the house, she likes to listen to music. Camilla recognizes me well, she recognizes my voice when I call her, and when it's lunch time it's she calling me.
Camilla has invented a way of her own to call me : she beats the water with front legs and she makes such a noise that it's impossible not to hear her. Now that she knows that this system works she calls me very often. In fact she doesn't like to be alone and she is always trying to catch my attention.
Another thing she loves is basking in the sun, a thing that is necessity for turtles because they can use calcium and vitamin D to build their shell and skeleton only thanks to ultra-violet rays.
The only thing she doesn't like is being washed, but nobody is perfect!
A picture of Camilla when she was very small :

...some lines from one of my favourite poems

" Farewell, farewell! but this I tell
To thee, thou Wedding-Guest!
He prayeth well, who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.

He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all "


( from " The Rime of the Ancient Mariner " by Samuel T.Coleridge )


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