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Posted: Aug 13 2010, 04:04 PM
Group: Full Members
Member No.: 5,633
Joined: 13-August 10
I found an injured baby snapper at work today (at a golf course). I believe it got hit or run over by one of our mowers and its back foot seems to be smashed.
Fortunately, I found four others that were unharmed and moved them closer to the pond in no-mow areas.
However, I did take the injured turtle home with me today because he/she was not moving. What should I do with the turtle?
Take it back to work tomorrow? Try and nurse it back to health? Or is it unlikely that it will survive at all?
Posted: Aug 14 2010, 07:33 PM
Member No.: 1
Joined: 1-September 03
Welcome to the forum!
I'm sorry to hear about the turtle but glad you are helping. I suggest finding your local wildlife rehabilitator or reptile expert to nurse him/her back to health. Depending on the injury, the turtle may be functional and recover, could be disabled, or could get an infection.
For general care of baby turtles, see http://www.fishpondinfo.com/turtles/hatchling.htm
You'd also have to deal with the injury.
Robyn, Analytical Chemist, Zone 6/7, Maryland
Servant to 5 cats, 2 rabbits, 3 guinea pigs, 1 mouse, 1 redbellied turtle, 3 freshwater aquariums (65, 50, & 20 gallons), 2 saltwater aquariums (6 and 12 gallon nano cube reefs), 7 outdoor ponds (1800, 153, 50, 30, 20, 20, & 12 gallons), 1 indoor pond (20 or 50 gallons, winter only), crickets, mealworms, and hundreds of fish (of about 18+ species), amphibians, snails, shrimp, corals, crabs, worms, and so on in those aquariums and ponds. A mostly full list of my current animals is at http://www.fishpondinfo.com/animals/animallist.htm