Greetings! My name is Gigi and I’m from Ohio. I’m a 37 year old animal lover who works in accounting by day and is an artist the rest of the time. I currently have 3 cats…but I am extremely new when it comes to owning a turtle. My experience goes only as far as watching Finding Nemo. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that my new buddy didn’t talk like a surfer! ;-) About a week ago, I rescued a turtle from someone who was keeping it in some pretty horrible conditions. I thoroughly did my research and I believe that I have a male Yellow Bellied Slider. This poor guy was living in a 10 gallon tank with very little water in it. As a matter of fact, when he arrived...he was stuck upside down between the tank wall and a decorative log. I did my research and immediately went out and bought a much larger tank - complete with proper lighting, water heating and filtration. Any advice that you could offer regarding the overall care of this turtle would be incredibly welcome. I do have three questions. 1. I noticed a few days after moving him to his new tank that he immediately began to shed. And now, he's beginning to rub his shell furiously against the log that I have in his tank. I read online that turtles can very well shed once upgraded to a better habitat. Does that include their scutes? It seems like he's rubbing to try and help loosen them up. This is my first turtle, so I am extremely new to all of this. 2. Do you think I should get Rufus a buddy? I have read conflicting information online. Some places say they're communal and some say they're solitary. Rufus seems to be very outgoing and engaging. I feel like it would be a waste for him to spend his days alone. 3. Does Rufus need a hiding spot in the tank? He seems to sleep just fine out in the open but I don't know if he would prefer a hiding place. Thanks for reading! I'm happy to be here, excited to learn lots of helpful things about my new turtle, and looking forward to getting to know everyone.