This is truly one of the questions of the ages. I am sitting here listening to Machito and His Afro-Cubans belting out some truly tasty mambo music and contemplating this question. Indeed, what do two-headed turtles do in their spare time?
Zack and Mack have plenty of time these days. They aren’t on the road yet. That will happen in a few weeks. That routine they have down pat. But these days, the lazy days of winter, are filled with inactivity for a turtle. Not that there is a lot of activity to begin with.
The boys like to spend most of their day sitting atop the bricks that I have installed in their tank. They stretch out their legs to gather the heat from the lamp above. A turtle, like any reptile, needs warmth to aide digestion as well as perform other bodily functions. The hot sun keeps disease away. It also helps them covert vitamin A into vitamin D. Which is an essential building block for young healthy turtles. It’s good for the older ones, too.
So, what do Zack and Mack like to do all day? They bask, as I wrote above. They also like to sit at the bottom of the tank and watch themselves. They will do that for hours on end. They will swim around and return to watch themselves. They also like to play with the various heaters, upending them and creating a commotion in the tank. I don’t blame them for that. It’s something to do. I understand.
But what do they really, really, like to do? Watch us. Yup. Zack and Mack will sit there facing the front door and watch us with all intensity as we go about our daily chores. You see, during the winter, we are off the road. We are working down in our barn most days, getting ready for the next season.
They boys will position themselves so they can keep track of al the comings and goings through the door. They also have a good vantage point to watch their mother cook meals. They never knew their birth mother, so my wife had been their mother for all practical purposes. Of course, that means I have been their father.
When Zack and Mack smell chicken cooking they get excited, because they know that they will be feasting on that juicy white meat later. We always save some tender bits for the boys. Zack especially loves him some chicken. Mack tends to hold out for the shrimp.
Ah, to be a turtle!