Turtle Rescue of Long Island

January 30, 2007

Month of January 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Julie @ 10:06 am

Usually this time of year is slow, but last month I took in three Sulcata tortoises. Two are only about a year old and quite small, the other probably about five or so and much larger. On January 6th we had a warm spell so I had him outside grazing. He was delighted to say the least. When I brought him back in let’s say he was not so happy. Luckily we had another break in the weather and I was able to ship him to a new home down in Alabama where he can get out to graze much more often. The two smaller torts will be adopted out in the spring.

This month, January, has also brought in some new boarders. First a very young Eastern box turtle. Had been chewed on by an animal and was found in someones back yard almost a year ago. They kept it in a tank and fed it greens. Shell healed well with vet care, but diet was not so good. Luckily the shell isn’t too deformed but the plastron isn’t looking too good, nor are the legs and feet at this point. Hopefully on a good diet with proper habitat we can get this turtle to grow into a healthy turtle that can live a good life.

We also got in two adult Eastern box turtles. Both were kept by an elderly gentleman for, according the neighbor, anywhere from 10 - 20 years. In August the gentleman passed away leaving these turtles with nobody to care for them. They both look good except for the bottom mandible which is excessivly shorter than the top which makes it difficult for them to hold certain foods, especially live wiggly ones. They try so hard but need help with things like superworms, crickets, butterworms, etc.

Our other additions are two large female Red eared sliders. Both appear to have respiratory infection. One has lesions which appear to be bite marks but it’s hard to tell. There are actually chunks of skin hanging off of this turtle. Most dead skin that I was able to cut away. I’ll treat them and adopt them out if they make it. Since they are a hardy species they should survive. Hopefully they will and can enjoy the life in sunny Florida.

A large female Russian tortoise came in as well. This one I have not decided what to do with yet. She was kept with a Sulcata tortoise for about six years. Fed romaine lettuce. Free roam of an apartment with said Sulcata. A week prior to being surrendered the Sulcata died for no apparent reason. Isolation for this tortoise and I haven’t decided if I’ll have testing done or not, but I do strongly suspect cross contamination in this case. This is why species should not be mixed. This one I may keep here.

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