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 Need Advice On Baby Snapper, need advice on baby snap[per
sue
Posted: Sep 18 2011, 10:02 AM


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Three days ago I found a turtle in my yard. I let it be and put some water out until the lawn mowing company came to cut my lawn. I hurried out and put the turtle in a bowl with water and a rock and put it on the front step. I did a little research on line and was told not to bring into the house with air conditioning, etc....my son came home from school and wanted to keep the turtle. So, i did further research and now come to believe that it is a baby snapper. After a long time of looking up different websites, i believe it is only a week to two weeks old and have read about how large it can become and the potential damage a snapper turtle can do when it gets older. The advice I need is whether to try to keep it to let it get more mature or should I try to release it to the wild (there is a nature center and reservoir nearby). I am fearful that it is too young, but I am not prepared to try to raise a turtle that will become quite large and can be harmful. I would like to do the humane thing for the turtle and at least give it its best shot at survival. My first thought was to keep it until spring, but so far what I have read leads me to believe, I may do it more harm by keeping it and not letting it learn how to survive in the wild?!

I have reached out to the local Nature Center and they did not give me much advice other than Oh you found a snapper! and I asked if I could release it on the pond/reservoir and I was told, just don't tell anybody????

Is it illegal in the state of PA to have a snapper or to bring one in your home or to release it?

HELP please! Thanks! I do have photos for verification, but did not know how to attach to this message.

Any advice would be helpful!
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Robyn
Posted: Sep 18 2011, 06:35 PM


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Hi, welcome to the forum!

To post photos, see directions Here

From what you've said, it's probably best to release the baby by the water. It takes a lot of commitment and some animal care experience to take care of a baby turtle even if just until spring.

It is illegal to have a wild animal in your possession in PA. It is also illegal to release an animal. That is the case in many states but that doesn't stop hundreds of people who do it anyway. PA has some of the strongest laws. There are horror stories of them confiscating wild animals (specifically squirrels, deer, etc.) that people had as pets for years and then killing them.


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Rosiemeadow
Posted: Sep 18 2011, 09:55 PM


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Hi Sue, where in PA do you live & what nature center are you referring to? I live near one in PA "The AARK foundation" & they would take the turtle I believe. I can't see why anyone would frown upon releasing a wild animal that came from the area into a local pond or stream that it was near, seems silly to me, as what if it came from that pond or stream to begin with??? who's to know? Did you look around where yo found the baby to see if there were others or a momma turtle? Just wondering.


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sue
Posted: Sep 19 2011, 02:42 PM


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I was unable to reply to rosiemeadow about her reply to my request for advice on the baby snapper that I found. I will check into that foundation for the turtle. The nature center was not helpful at all. When they did not offer any help or advice I did not pursue it any further; however, i did neglect to mention that they recommended two websites that may be interested in the turtle. I did look on the websites but only one was valid and not very helpful.

When I found the turtle it was close to the road. My property is approx 3/4 of an acre, but mostly flat with grass. I did not check too far, but realized that it may have come from the golf course in the area.

Thanks for the recommendation and I will check into the AARK.
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Robyn
Posted: Sep 19 2011, 07:05 PM


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Sorry that you couldn't reply. I forgot to change your membership which I just did. I normally do that when I approve new messages.


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sue
Posted: Sep 22 2011, 03:17 PM


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No problem. I did get a recommendation for a local reptile zoo in Warminster pa. I have just tried to contact them and am hoping that they will take in the little fella. If not, we will be returning to the area pond....my main concern at this time is that he has not eaten anything from what I can tell. I have given him the REptomin, chicken, lettuce, but have not tried any insects yet? Not sure what to do next. I have been making his water in his large bowl deeper and deeper every other day to improve his swimming skills. I hope that helps him. Thanks again. any further info with regards to feeding would be appreciated.
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Rosiemeadow
Posted: Sep 22 2011, 03:26 PM


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Sue, Warminster is not far from me, I am in right outside of New Hope. The AARK foundation used to be in Wrightstown right off of 413 but apparently they moved, this is their new address & phone # try giving them a call they should be able to help you.
Aark Foundation Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center

http://www.aark.org/aark/Home.html

Aark Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center. 1531 Upper Stump Road. Chalfont, PA 18914. 215-249-1938. The Aark now has online donations through ...



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Robyn
Posted: Sep 22 2011, 07:04 PM


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The best food for baby turtles is live blackworms. Ask at your local aquarium store. If not, then small mealworms may work. Commercial foods don't move so they don't interest most babies, at least at first.


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sue
Posted: Sep 23 2011, 05:17 PM


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Rosiemeadow-

Thank you so much for the info on AARK. I will contact them today. I did contact the Reptile zoo and have not heard back yet. Thank you and I will update when I get more info!

Also Robyn- I will try the black worms that you recommend. Thanks, Sue
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