1. 'Tis Himself, OM says

    The turtle wants to grow up big and strong like a Humboldt squid. That’s why it’s eating the apple.

  2. acronymjim says

    That’s not ambition, that’s winning the turtle lottery! Whoohoo!

    As an aside, it’s also how you fit a square metazoan into a round Maleaen(sp?).

  3. acronymjim says

    If I didn’t get the equivalent taxonomy of the apple tree right, I apparently got the turtle species wrong. A quick Google search indicates this is a species of pond slider, not box turtle. At least from this angle it looks much less round than the box kind.

    Regardless,it’s still a happy, happy herp.

  4. says

    Not to be a dick, but juvenile red eared sliders are decidedly carnivorous. Plus they are anathema to eating above water level. Cute pic for sure, but IMO a fake.

  5. Francisco Bacopa says

    Uh, that’s a mostly carnivorous aquatic turtle. Pic is a fake.

    Put a baby tortoise there and it might make sense.

  6. ChasCPeterson says

    It’s actually a yellow-bellied slider (Trachemys scripta scripta) rather than the red-eared (T. s. elegans), but they won’t eat apples either.

  7. Marcus Hill says

    I’ve got four sliders (same species as the infant pictured, but now 6-8 inches along the shell). As noted by previous posters, their favourite diet is far more protein rich, and they eat from the water. Most people don’t realise quite how aquatic they are – mine have a big fish tank with 30 inches of water and 6 inches of air between the cork platforms and the solar lights, and they spend most of their time swimming. A lot of owners keep them in vivaria with only a puddle of water barely big enough to submerge them, let alone allow them to swim properly, and don’t realise that the cute little thing in the photo above can eventually get to be the size of a small dinner plate. If you’re thinking of getting some, get a big fish tank and swap the lights for daylight vivarium tubes!

  8. ralfmuschall says

    If Apple’s lawyers find this, sale of turtles will be banned all over Europe for trademark infringement.