Nic, short for Nicodemus, is my turtle. I'd always wanted a pet turtle and on my 23rd birthday I received one -- from little Paul Thomas. Who knew 9 years later he'd still be going strong?
Nic has lived through sloshing water on road trips, many moves, little kids pounding on his tank, a dive off the back deck (he's quite quick and adventurous), vacations where I've left him alone for weeks at a time.... he really is quite hearty.
Something else you might not expect of a turtle... he's full of personality. He is, I swear. He recognizes those he loves and runs from those who inadvertently torture him. I've even been able to train him to do simple tricks.
Ahh my little turtle, he's the best.