trouble letting wild turtles be wild
I have lurked here but not posted for a long time. I have a small 500 gallon 1ft deep pond in an area with mild winters. This fishless/filterless pond was designed to attract frogs and dragonflies. I just got it lined this spring (before it was unlined rainwater retention pond) Two years ago a tiny turtle moved in. I worried about him the first winter, the second winter and even tho it's dry and 103 in Texas today I'm worried about him again for this winter! I keep reptiles, birds, chinchillas at home so it's so against my personality not to caretake! The turle is wild. The turtle moved here, and is in the rational side of my brain, free to leave. Anyone else have this urge to caretake wild animals? He/she probably wants me to leave it the heck alone to do it's thing!