Some people claim that these turtles do not have personalities. Those people have not hung around the turtle yard enough and definitely have not met Fiona. That turtle does have a personality and it screams “MORE ROMAINE”. Either that or “Where is my rock for belly scratches?”
It’s actually kind of amusing to watch her after she is done eating the veggies that are tied to the rock – she will use it to scratch her plastron. She swishes herself back and forth across the rock, using it as a scratching post. This is not really unusual behavior for green turtles. They are known to use reefs and rock ledges to scrape their carapace and plastron in the wild.
On another note, is it fair to have a favorite turtle? Or should the turtles here be like kids and pets – you’re not supposed to have a favorite? (Or maybe you do have a favorite but you don’t let them know it!) There are definite favorites at times amongst the staff here – how about you? Do you have a favorite – or one that you miss?