This is my pet turtle, Izzy, short for Isabelle. She is a mix of a Red-Eared Slider and a Yellow-Bellied Slider. The mixing of these two types of turtles is rare in nature, and in the wild they only have a 20% survival rate. However, in captivity they are not only prettier than the pure breds but also twice the size (because you know, hybrids are awesome). She is a rare gift indeed.

When I first got her she was the size of a silver dollar. She is now about the size of a dinner plate. She shows both personality traits of the two turtle species: Red-Eared Sliders are known to be fierce hunters and are very aggressive, while Yellow-Bellied Sliders are very docile. She is docile for the most part until you put a fish in her tank and the fierce hunting instincts of the Red-Eared Slider comes out.

Contrary to popular belief, aquatic turtles are not strictly vegetarian. They eat fish, pork , beef and especially love chicken. They are also a lot smarter than people give them credit for . She even responds to her name.

Izzy is actually very sweet and loves to sit on her dock soaking up the rays of her heat lamp. This is what she likes to do most of the time. She also loves to come up to you at the glass of her tank to say hello like in the second picture above.

She’s one of the best pets I’ve ever had.

-Roz Abellera

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