Jamie Hollandsworth has had pets all her life, but she wasn't quite sure what to expect when her nephew asked her to take in a turtle he'd bought on vacation. Then the size of a quarter, Franklin came to live in Hollandsworth's Bel Air home in a tank and settled in pretty nicely. But life with the turtle hasn't come without surprises.
"I thought Franklin was a male when I got him seven years ago," she says. "But this past March, I found 10 eggs in her tank. We now know that Franklin is a female." Whoops.
And then there were the goldfish: Franklin, a female red-eared slider turtle, seemed a little lonely in her tank, so Hollandsworth added four goldfish to the water for company. Two of them met their end as snacks (whoops again), but two managed to outsmart their tankmate and have now grown too big for her to eat. Franklin has also grown: The tiny little girl is now the size of a standard dinner plate and has gone through four tanks and two sizes of filters.
She's great company and entertainment, Hollandsworth says. "She loves to sit on her rock under a heat lamp where she stretches out. Every morning as I pack lunches, she'll jump off her rock into the water and swim, scratching at the sides of the tank until I hand her a few pieces of lunch meat." Franklin's favorites are Boar's Head turkey and ham, if you're wondering.
Most red-eared slider turtles live for 20 to 30 years, although some can live for more than 40; they are definitely long-term commitments. They're also classified as an invasive species and can't be set free after living in captivity. But Hollandsworth is grateful for the opportunity to share life with Franklin.
"She's a wonderful addition to the family," she says.
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Start shopping and help homeless pets at the same time.
That's the idea behind the Maryland SPCA's annual Shop-a-Paw-Looza, which started Friday, Oct. 5, and runs through Tuesday, Oct. 30. Last year, the adoption program raised $40,000 through the online auction.
So what can you get? A vacation in Mexico, a football signed by the Ravens' Joe Flacco, tickets to "The Daily Show," wine tastings, cupcakes, dog beds (pictured here) and animal acupuncture
treatments are just a few of the items you can bid on.
To place a bid, go here
Also, if you want to donate items, the Maryland SPCA will be accepting goods and services throughout the month. To donate, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-235-8826, ext. 138.
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