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Post Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:16 pm   Created a Dependency

Didn't take long for Piggley to take food from my hand. ( 5" male RES ) Now he wants all to be hand feed. Throw anything on the water will not take it , spin him around put his nose at it then he says the hell with you. What a look he gives me. Spin around several more times and I think he likes that , thinks we're playing. Will make that a new game for us to play but only after he eats. I must pick it up and hand feed. What did I get into? Can't have him that dependent on me. Always would hide food for him to find but I think he was always watching knowing it came from me. I want him to still hunt. Wanted closeness and a good relationship but all food by hand? Some romaine stays all night until I pick it up to hand feed. Tough love come's Saturday's next feeding , all will float until he eats it then I will feed a treat by hand! And over the years had turtles could never hand feed. Turtles no two are alike ! Bet some wish they had my situation with turtles that do not eat...
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Post Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 12:42 am   Re: Created a Dependency

I'm sure it's just temporary. Maybe he's just not seeing it clearly. What if you "push" him down a bit (under the surface)?
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Post Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:23 am   Re: Created a Dependency

I have pushed Piggley down and he does go after some , the one's far away, never the one's close. Really noticed this about three weeks ago. In my years never had any that was farsighted. Like you I think / hope it's just temporary , we are just feeling each other out on the trust side. But then I could have the first turtle with reading glasses.

It's crazy this guy really loves to be spun around in circles , so it's in our play time.
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Post Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 2:28 am   Re: Created a Dependency

How do you spin him?
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Post Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:16 am   Re: Created a Dependency

All this is done in the water. Started by just touching top of rear shell turning him slowly some to see the food. I noticed he kept legs out when doing this , so used area if front right rear leg , (my finger only) up against shell. I can feel him push his leg out harder if I go to fast as to hold on better. Slowly at first then little faster , he loves it. Not sure if he get dizzy or not , I would . That's clockwise , now counter clockwise for some reason he's not as into it as clockwise. He doesn't us his leg like the right side , he lets it slide back in but we do get three or four slow turns before he falls out. Must be a right handed turtle? Think about stirring a cup of coffee slowly is about how fast we go.
At first he use to let shell tilt down and go under but he now holds his balance very well. I do believe he enjoys it. He act's different when begging for play time than wanting food. He sets up like a dolphin pushes out water and as he goes down he swims in circle by himself then stops to see if I was watching. He does that until I spin him. Ever since , Chopsley , Ellen has nothing to do with Piggley. He always watches her but Ellen refuses to respond. Does not look like Ellen will come around. Maybe time will heal?
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Post Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:56 pm   Re: Created a Dependency

Love the connection you have with Piggley, I'm sure Ellen will eventually come around.
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Post Posted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:03 am   Re: Created a Dependency

The spinning was just a FAD. Not into as much. It now changed to pushing Piggley from one side of tank to other. Like skim boarding ! See how long this last.
Also finding food better since I only feed him by hand half the time. One thing Piggley think's a veggie clip is a toy , went to wooden cloths pin to see if a difference but still a toy. Wow , how high out the water he gets ! Must have some dolphin in him.
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