I’ve had a number of turtles over the years. As an undergraduate, I had two box turtles named Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed. I found both of these guys back in my home town in VA, a few minutes apart.

Here was Rocky:

Here was Apollo:

…and here they are together, as though they were friends.

When I moved to NM, Apollo came with me (Rocky had died my senior year). He was able to pop the lid off of his outdoor cage and escaped one day, only to show up and eat Chinese dates from my back yard. I never did catch him again.

Also, in 2005, I picked up two red-eared slider turtles, named Bonnie and Clyde. They lived with me until 2013. I am pretty sure the food the meal worms I fed them were bad, because both of them died within a week or two of each other, and the only thing that had changed was that I had switched to a different food supplier.