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Old 12-04-2011, 01:45 PM   #1 
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R.I.P. Derby

I know he isn't a fish...but I felt it necessary to put this here.

For you all who didn't know Derby, he was by Box Turtle that I saved from a lawn mower 6 years ago when I lived in Florida.
He would follow me around my apartment. I'd take him on "walks" outside in the front yard. He enjoyed eating fresh caught worms after it rained. He was a happy little turtle.

Last night me and my boyfriend found him upside-down under his heat lamp. His shell was scalding hot, and he couldn't have been there more than an hour.
I tried to cool him down under cold water, but after 10 min. he was still unresponsive.
We buried him under the tree outside my bedroom window, which blooms gorgeous cherry blossoms in the spring.
Rip little turtle. You will be missed. :(
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Old 12-04-2011, 02:13 PM   #2 
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I'm so sorry, Nat. RIP, Derby. =(
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Old 12-04-2011, 02:16 PM   #3 
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Thanks Eda. *hugs*
He was very special to me. :<
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Old 12-04-2011, 02:42 PM   #4 
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RIP Derby
As a box turtle owner I know how great these little guys can be :( Im sorry for your loss :(
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Old 12-04-2011, 03:04 PM   #5 
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Thanks LB :'<
They do have great personalities don't they?
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Old 12-04-2011, 04:27 PM   #6 
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They really do, my gal is a rescue, Im not a big fan of reptiles (or amphibians) but the charcter and personalty surprised me and made me fall head over heels, I've helped out with box turtles fo a while now (many with wild ones) and I have lost one, a young male who had been hit by a car,even though I has been expecting him not to make it, it was stll a hard blow :(
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:02 PM   #7 
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Awww, I'm sorry LB :(
It's hard to loose them. :( It's very kind of you to help out! :)
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:46 PM   #8 
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I know :(
and try, wild box turtles are not easy, there are a lot of rules and regulations where I live that prohibit removal so I pretty much have to work around it
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:57 PM   #9 
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True. Boxes are among the hardest to take care of. :(
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:09 PM   #10 
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Only in the fact they get sick easy (had get vitamin deficiencies easy) I know there are no local vets who do box turtles, so everything I know in box careand treatment has eithe been gleamed off of the internet or from trial and error :/

Tortioses are even harder, but there are a lot more vets who treat them
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