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    Registered User keekee's Avatar
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    Jun 2006
    Lexington Park

    Injured Box Turtle

    I just found a box turtle with about a 1 x 2 inch chunk out of the top of his shell.
    It's probably 1/2 inch deep. I suspect a lawnmower hit.
    Normally I don't bother wildlife, but it looks like there may be some infection in the wound.
    There is a spot in the middle that's got some milky fluid in it.
    His head and front legs are very active, but his back legs do not come out of the shell.
    I put him in a tote with some chopped tomato and romaine lettuce (what I had on hand).
    Is there anything I can do for this poor guy?
    Is there something I can put on the wound?
    I'd be willing to keep him if he can't be strong enough to survive alone, but of course
    the best outcome would to be able to get him well enough to let go again.
    Or is he doomed at this point? :-(

    Any suggestions???

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    Registered User Roman's Avatar
    Member Since
    Aug 2008
    It's kind of hard to give an answer without seeing the turtle. I'm not a Vet, but put some medical ointment on the sore, and send him packing. Let nature run it's course, or take to Cypress Swamp tomorrow, and see what they can do.
    You have become responsible forever, for what you have tamed. "Antoine de Saint Exupery"

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    I clipped a box turtle a few years ago with my tractor mowing grass and cut off about a 2" circle of shell down into the meat.
    i coated it with neosporin and let him go. My son found him a few years later and the shell had grown back. You could easily tell this was the one i hit by the distorted healing that occurred.
    Good Luck.
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    What happened to the poor turtle you tried to save?

    I know how you feel. I have stopped in the middle of the road (which is probably not a good idea) to help one get across. Let us know, please.
    Like I said, JMO, yo! - Roman

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    Registered User keekee's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jun 2006
    Lexington Park
    I've learned a few things...
    St. Mary's has wildlife re-hab groups, but none that will take reptiles.
    Veterinarians cannot legally treat wild animals.
    DNR does not take in injured animals, but will give you referrals for re-hab groups.
    So my last ditch effort is - I contacted a re-hab group in VA that takes reptiles.
    ...waiting for a response.

    The turtle is getting weaker. It doesn't look good for her.

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    You have done all you can do...more than a lot of people would have done. Hope you hear back from the VA rehab group.
    Like I said, JMO, yo! - Roman

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