Amazing that my little pet turtle Joe is hitting a quarter of a century on Friday! I've made April 19th to be his 'hatch day' based on how big he was when my son Gregg brought him home. The first 9 years I had him, he went to sleep for each winter. Now he just slows way down, sleeps two weeks, wakes up, won't eat, sleeps another two weeks etc. Then in late March he starts moving. By April, he is Mr. Porky. Now his shell is starting to lift away (he is growing a new one) as it does every year. He wants out of his tank and waits for me in his turtle carrier. For his birthday dinner? Gourmet....some hardboiled egg and shrimp! I was trying to find him a birthday hat but they don't carry them in the pet stores.