Cornelius' Corner

Tank Tour

Cornelius’ Corner: “Tank Tour”

Hi friends, Cornelius here!

I’ve got some really big news – I moved back to the Visitor Center last week!

For those who haven’t been following my blog for long, the park at Newlin Grist Mill received record rainfall in August of 2020. We had lots of flooding, including in the Visitor Center where I live. The Visitor Center needed major repairs, so I moved home with one of my coworkers until the work was done.

Back home in my tank at the Visitor Center

Hi, friends!

Now that I’m back on site, I thought you all might enjoy a tank tour! My tank is in the front room of the Visitor Center. I love being able to watch all the people coming and going, as well as having staring contests with my next-door neighbor Spot the Box Turtle! My tank is large enough for me to stretch out and roam around. The bottom of my tank is covered in a combination of bark chips and coconut fiber, which is fun to burrow under. I like to play hide and seek with my coworkers by digging into my substrate so most of my body is hidden and just my head is sticking out.

Snuggling with one of my coworkers

In the winter I stay cozy because there is a heater attached to the bottom of the tank that keeps my substrate warm. This warm spot is also where I go after I eat, because the heat helps my digestive system work more efficiently. On top of the tank, I also have a heat bulb and a UV bulb. The heat bulb also helps keep the tank warm enough, while the UV light keeps my scales healthy.

I have a big water bowl in one corner, which is big enough for a good soak when I’m getting ready to shed. The water helps my scales stay flexible so shedding is easier. I also have two logs and a big pile of tree bark. In addition to being good for hiding under, I rub up against my logs and bark while shedding to help loosen the old scales.

Last but not least are my climbing branches! My coworkers are always on the look out for new branches for my tank. I like ones that are wide enough to hold me up easily when I want to be close to my light. My current favorites are my piece of grape vine and a big limb that got worn smooth by the creek.

I would love for you to stop by and say hi! Stay tuned for more posts. See you at the Grist Mill!

– Cornelius

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