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"There's a Big-Ass Turtle Back There!"
Monday, January 25, 2021, 11:55pm
Location: Florida
Mood: Fine I Guess?
Listening: n/a
Playing: n/a
Eating: Bugles
Drinking: Arizona Honey Ginseng Green Tea
      Watching: GTLive - The FNAF Game I MISSED! | PopGoes FNAF (Scary Fan Game)

    Gopher turtle in neighbor's yard.Today was fairly nondescript, I suppose, but for two things. The first was that on the way back from the grocery store, I spotted a quite large turtle (which my roommate identified as a gopher turtle) on our little street in front of a neighbor's mailbox. We quickly dumped off our groceries and ran back to find her having made her way into the next neighbor's yard. (You can click on the images to see bigger versions!)Top-down view of gopher turtle immediately after release.

    My roommate retrieved her and handed her off to me, and we drove her a couple blocks to the nearby wooded area where we then released her, where hopefully she'll be safer than our culdesac. We stayed and kept an eye on her for a little while until she crawled off into the brush. She was so cute, and absolutely huge! Aside from snapping turtles I've never encountered a turtle that big outside of like, a zoo.

    Turtles are easily in my top five animals, along with hedgehogs, isopods, and rabbits. Technically sea monkeys are up there too but I ran out of five slots. (I also really like unicorns but I'm not sure they count since they're not real? Lol.) I do wish I'd gotten a picture of me holding her, but we were too focused on getting her safe (as it should be, I suppose).

T-shirt with large horizontal black and white stripes and a logo consisting of a skull with a flower growing out of its mouth and a butterfly. Baseball tee with black 3/4-length sleeves and a large central logo consisting of a skull with a flower growing out of its mouth and a butterfly.

    The only other thing of note that happened today is my much-anticipated Cloak Brand shirts from Markiplier's recent "Life After Death" release arrived! The striped tee seems to run a little smaller than my other Cloak t-shirt, which is a little weird but I'll live. I haven't tried the 3/4 sleeve one yet but man do I love the designs on these! Most of my shirts for many years have been black graphic tees so it's refreshing that I've slowly started building a little bit more of a more varied wardrobe. And these shirts are really nicely made, too.

    Oh! But something from the last few days: I finally set up my 2.5 gallon freshwater aquarium for my fairy shrimp, clam shrimp, seed shrimp, and water fleas. :D I accidentally dyed the water a little brown thanks to tannins in the wood I used to decorate, lol, but fortunately the hatchlings don't seem to mind. I removed the wood anyway, and since boiling it for literally 3 freaking hours didn't get all the tannins out I think I'm just going to use the wood in the terrarium I want to set up for my Dwarf White isopods (also in a 2.5 gallon, so they should match nicely on the bookcase I'm getting!).

    I plan on adding some simple plants to the aquarium, too, probably a Marimo ball or two and maybe some like, Christmas moss or something like that. I'm going to try to video the hatchlings tomorrow when the light is better (I can see them with a flashlight but unfortunately the flashlight is on my phone, which is also my camera, and I can't use both at the same time...). I'll either post to my hobby YouTube channel or I'll post it here, we'll see. Maybe both. :)