|MadSci Network: Zoology|
(char lmt mademe manglethe txt) When i was a kid i've had a few pet turtles.First was a land turtle that once hid inside a toybox foralmost a week, andnother time after a few dayswe found her sleeping behind the fridge, both timeswhen we found her she was prety much as active and responsive as ever. Someyears laterihad a few river turtles, when my depression hit me hard, i hardly ever changed the tank water (and always straight from the faucet), we could smell it anywhere in the appartment in the worst days, fter few not very prodctiv atempts at setingupan improvd filter system i realized i didn't had whatittook totakecare ofthem and gavethemaway, but they showd no sign of illness, malnurishment noranything.Alsothere wasthis bigger land turtle stay# with my grandparents forawhile,kids being kids weonce placdher towalk on this bodyboard floating in the pool, eventually shewalkdtoo closeto theedge and tookadive, i was scard'cause withthemomentum shewentalmost twometersdeep b4 floting back up,but when she surfacd she easily swamround thesurface b4 we pulldherout,seems neither the surprise dive nor the chlorinated water affected her in anyway,backonlandshe seemedjustfine. Theotherdayi wasreadngbout petoctopuscare andthere areallsortsofdetails that canhurtthemiftheyaren'tcontrold carefuly, copercontent ofwater,watertemperature,allsortsofspecialfiltersneeded,andofcoursetheyneed saltwatertank. My qstn is, using selective breeding and perhaps some genetic engineering, can we today create an octopus species that lives just fine in tap water, in a chlorinated pool, in a tank with too much waste+algae etc, survive being lost or forgoten for at least around a week out of it's place, be ok with falling from a sunbath into cold water etc? What about a land based octopus species, needing no water tank?
Re: Can we develop a freshwater octopus as tought as a turtle?
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