Any turtle that is obviously injured or ill needs to be rescued.
You can tell a turtle is injured or ill if it is:
Covered in flies and/or maggots
Has open wounds or a fractured shell
Cannot use one or more of its legs
Exposed internal organs
If you find a turtle that you determine is injured after our hours please leave us a voicemail and house it until we are able to contact you. To house the animal overnight do the following.
Find a box or critter carrier and line it with an old shirt or towel.
Wear gloves to pick up the animal and place it in the box. (Scroll to the bottom of this page for a chart on how to properly handle turtles)
Keep the box in a dark quiet room away from any kids or pets.
Do not handle or talk to the animal.
Do NOT feed the animal or give it water, feeding a sick or compromised animal can cause illness and death.
Do NOT talk to, pet, or hold the animal, wildlife get extremely stressed and this can lead to death.
It is illegal to try to keep a wild animal without the appropriate permits.
You cannot keep an animal you find and try to raise it yourself. Please contact us for help!
Always wear gloves if you have to handle a wild animal.
If you or anyone else is bitten or scratched by a wild animal contact your health care provider immediately.