Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Vinson Massif, Antarctica
Turtles do not grow to fit their environment... though poor care and inadequate environment will stunt their growth, and it may seem that way, but really all it is doing is drastically reducing their lifespan. Except turtles are pretty tough critters, so can manage to survive for a surprisingly long time in completely inappropriate conditions. But, there is a reason why most people who know about keeping turtles refer to those little plastic things sold in pet stores as "turtle habitats" as turtle death bowls. Giving them the right variety of food, the right sized tank, and the proper lighting makes all the difference.
No animal that has been kept in captivity for any significant length of time should be released to the wild, unless specific steps were made to limit its contact with humans, and make sure its natural needs were attended to as closely as possible. In many places, it is actually illegal to release animals from captivity to the wild unless you are a qualified rehabilitator, and follow a strict protocol. Chances are, if they were just moved from where they were found, off the roadway and to the nearest body of water, they would have been just fine.
She sits in her corner, singing herself to sleep.
Wrapped in all of the promises, that no one seems to keep.