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« on: March 03, 2017, 06:13:23 AM »

My neighbor & I found a very large snapping turtle near the pond in the woods were we walk the dogs . Appears to have a broken front left flipper, we assume he got hit by a motorcycle or quad. We managed to get him into shallow water so the coyotes & bobcat wouldn't get him, but does anyone know what or how often to feed him ? I got him some locally caught fish & organic romaine .
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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2017, 01:23:50 PM »

Leslie,
Do you have some kind of wildlife rescue agency in your area?  If so, they may even be able to take him to treat his injuries and rehabilitate.  Or maybe a zoo that has reptiles could help.


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Leslie, Here is a link I found about wildlife rescue in New Jersey.  Scroll down to the bottom of the article and there is a list of contacts.  There is a Turtle Rescue listed, so maybe they could help even if not in your immediate area by giving you some advice.

        http://www.njskylands.com/eco_wildlife_rescue_091 
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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2017, 06:26:03 AM »

I checked with that rescue & they have not responded. Called the township , the vet , the state police ,animal control , DEP , fish & game . No luck at all. Woodford Cedar Run refuge will take him/her but I would have to get it there . It's a mile out in the woods in a pond . I didn't think of the zoo , maybe they would no someone who could safely catch & transport him .
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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2017, 12:07:58 PM »

We have a 24/7 emergency vet that takes wildlife.  They either euthanize (as we the case with the raccoon I found with either a crushed pelvis or two broken hind legs - very sad) or contact local rehabbers (we have a very good raptor center here that will do all the birds).

They did take a HUGE snapping turtle some kids found on the road - hit by car with a large crack in his shell.  The vet on duty was terrified of the turtle, but they managed to wrestle him into a dog kennel until she could research what to do with him.  He was still very feisty...

Maybe you can find a wildlife rehabber who does snappers? 
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2017, 04:31:14 PM »

Still trying with no luck . She ate the cod fillets & then was able to burrow into the sand under the swamp grass. I am checking daily & so is my neighbor & we are leaving lettuce. At this point hoping she will hibernate & heal on her own . We will checking & trying.I do have a friend who is a wildlife rehabber , but no turtle experience. Our old vet just came out of retirement to help out at his old practice temporarily. Maybe he will know someone .If she comes up & still can't walk or swim properly ,we will try to catch her & take her to Cedar Run wildlife refuge.
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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2017, 04:50:49 PM »

Just checked my email again & someone from The Phila zoo responded . He sent me a phone # for a turtle rescue,I will call them tomorrow.
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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2017, 08:07:39 AM »

Oh good!  Hope it works out.

Bless you for helping an animal that most would run away from.
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« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2017, 05:17:49 PM »

Leslie, Bless your heart for working so hard to help the snapping turtle.  Unfortunately, I have no helpful information to assist you, but it sounds like the contact from the Phila. Zoo might work out, and I pray it does.
I know nothing about snapping turtles and their diets, except that they kill baby mallards and goslings every year here on my little lake.  However, I still don't want one to suffer.  They can't help what their nature is and so they deserve all the help that can be given to them, poor thing. 
So keep up the very good work, and let us know how you make out.  You have my prayers and good wishes for the poor turtle.  Motorcycles and the like should not be allowed there probably, tho I don't know the situation.

Again, thank you so much for trying to help this poor creature, and I wish you success.  Barb
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« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2017, 07:01:46 AM »

No sign of the turtle, hopefully she is still burrowed under the sand. Will keep checking & notify 1 of the rescues the zoo found when she comes up .
[Good to see you back BW ! ]
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« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2017, 05:27:14 AM »

Yes, Leslie, good to be back.  Hope you are doing well in this cold.  It was so nice  there for a while.  Oh well, almost the 20th and spring.
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« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2017, 03:57:29 PM »

The turtle is back up on the trail & her left front foot looks bad. A friend who is a racoon rehabber & I tried to get her tonight with no success . Trying again in the morning. I will try to post pix , but couldn't get 1 that shows how bad her foot looks. Wish us luck , she [?] could take off a hand easily.She was in the lagoon tonight & Bruce had to be picked up & carried away because he kept trying to go into the water to check his turtle. Look at the average kitchen chair seat & she is bigger .
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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2017, 04:03:36 AM »

Oh, wow.  A big one!  Wish I knew a way to help.  Take a tree trunk with you and try to get her to bite that.
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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2017, 11:41:13 AM »

I wonder if you could lure her into a large dog crate with some tasty treat at the back? 
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« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2017, 03:32:07 PM »

I  hope you can find some way to help.  What happened when you called the turtle rescue number that someone at the Phila. zoo gave you? 
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« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2017, 05:50:10 AM »

All 3 rescues called me back , but none can come out . We had it set up to take her to Cedar Run who would then transport her up north to Turtle Rescue of NJ. Unfortunately we found her dead in the lagoon . She has looked very weak & sluggish all along ,so we are guessing it may just have been age . We waded into the pond & tried to push her into deeper water . I will go back again today to check. I guess Bruce knew something was wrong , every other time he stayed away from her , but he kept trying to go to her in the lagoon . Maybe he sensed she was dying . We will all miss her here , we have been walking out to the pond daily looking for her all month .
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