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A turtles memory?

Discussion in 'Australian Freshwater Turtle Research' started by danibegood72, Jul 22, 2010.

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  1. danibegood72

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    Hi there, I'm new so I wasn't sure where to post this thread on the forum

    I have a really old Australian freshwater tortoise book previously owned by my dad so it was pretty out of date (yet still had some useful care facts).

    But what I wanted to ask was: Does anyone know how long a freshwater turtle's memory is? More specifically, Murray River turtle.

    Thanks
    Dani
     
  2. Brian Mercer

    Brian Mercer Adult Turtle

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    Why would you need to know??? You have got me curious now.

    Welcome to AFT .
     
  3. Allan

    Allan Senior Turtle

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    Mine all seem to remember that me (or other humans for that matter) equals food!
     
  4. enragedinfidel

    enragedinfidel Adult Turtle

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    Whenever there are a group of people looking at my turtle through the glass of his tank, he always seems to stare at me. Perhaps he knows I am the one with the food :)
     
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    My crew know the difference between me and my wife!
     
  6. Brian Mercer

    Brian Mercer Adult Turtle

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    Yes because she is last in your signature :laugh: :eek:
     
  7. IAN

    IAN Adult Turtle

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    Who wears the pants?
     
  8. Dylan Hill

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    Erin is last as you always save the best until last!! And as for you, Ian I think we share a leg each.. or no pants at all!;)
     
  9. danibegood72

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    Lol this post got a little off topic :p

    Haha and sorry for this late reply. I was just curious because sure they are aware of you being there and are always excited about feed time. but I had a fruit box I would put them to run around while I cleaned out their tank etc, and they would just continuously run around and around the outside of it trying to get out. There were a few sides of the box that were shorter and they managed to climb out (clever) but when I put them back in they'd walk pass that area they just got out from. Like they didn't recognise it. I'm sure scent is a skill they learn in the wild to adventure and come back.

    Anyway that was an un-exciting story I was merely curious and thought that someone might know. I've got them in with 3 goldfish and has anyone heard the myth "goldfish have a memory of 3 seconds?"

    I adore my little guys. such interesting creatures :p
    Dani
     
  10. Joe.Podger

    Joe.Podger Sub-Adult Turtle

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    Hahaha Yes I have heard the myth of a goldfishes memory and it was on this show called "MythBusters" and goldfish do have a memory longer then 3 seconds because they did all these tests and found out that they have quite a good memory... A bit off topic but also a bit interesting...
     
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    TSG Sub-Adult Turtle

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    They seem to have enough grey matter to work out that I = food, and everyone else = scary. Unless its my dad or my mate, who apparently = food as well.

    They also have different personalities.

    And yeah like someone above said, I could be in the room and they are both relaxed, someone else enters and they go ballistic. And if I am in the room, they'll look at me instead of the other person.
     
  12. IAN

    IAN Adult Turtle

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    Something must be going on "up there". ;)

    IAN
     
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