While you bask in the glow of holiday presents, lights and good cheer, a few adoptable pets at HAWS are also basking, but they’d prefer it in new forever homes!
Bailey is an African Side-Necked Turtle, also known as a Serrated Mud Turtle. She (?) is active, hearty and curious (often shy at first, these turtles acclimate well and soon show their inquisitive sides). Most African Side-necked Turtles can be kept in relatively simple housing because of their modest needs – a place to swim and a basking log. When basking, Bailey will "plop" into the water when approached…but once she knows you she will quickly surface to see if you have any food! Adult females can grow larger than most people realize, reaching 9-12" inches within five or six years.
Moo & Phillip came in together, and are sharing table space alongside Mr. Turtle (who might actually be female, ironically). All are Red Ear Sliders, a semi-aquatic turtle that is the most common reptile pet in the world. Unfortunately, they can be very complicated to own and often owners aren’t ready for their needs! There is a great website devoted to them – www.redearslider.com (no, really) – that goes into lots of detail as to their needs, natural habitats and the like.
Bailey, Moo & Phillip and Mr. Turtle have been guests at HAWS since September. They are definitely fun to have around and the kids participating in our education programs really enjoy them, but they would really love to become someone’s personal companions!
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By the way – you still have time to "eat for HAWS" since Taco John’s Nachos Navidad promotion continues til the end of December. Looking forward to the New Year already? So are we, with HAWS hosting a Waukesha JanBoree event, Cool Your Paws at HAWS, on Saturday, January 19 and then our Friends of HAWS polka party, Oom-Pa Paws, coming up on Saturday, January 26! All the details are at hawspets.org – or just call us at 262-542-8851.
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