Happy Turtle Stories
This is a page in which I hope to
share some of our turtle rehabilitation stories.
We are not a turtle shelter, but we do have the
occasional turtle in need that we help out.
Turtles are amazingly resilient and given the right
opportunities, they can usually be brought back to good
health. Here are their stories.
Disclaimer: We work with
animal control and licensed rehabilitators only.
Do not drop off your turtles and expect these to be your
1. The Mata Mata with septic dermatitis. Two Mata Mata turtles were brought
into the emergency hospital and given up by the
owner. One was so severely effected, that it had
to be humanely euthanized. The other turtle was
turned over to Chicago Exotics for rehabilitation.
Pictured above are the two turtles at the ER.
This is the turtle that
was brought to our clinic. After 4 weeks of
attentive medical care, this turtle was ready to go to an
appropriate home. We found a wonderful home with the
History Museum of Los Angeles. He is doing
wonderfully! We thank Leslie for providing such a
Here he is in his new home!!
We receive wildlife from time to
time. Through the local animal control
usually. Pictured below are some examples of shell
This is a close up 3 weeks into the
healing process. This turtle healed completely and
was able to return to the wild.
Snappers are dangerous and difficult
to work with. We were able to use a special bone
cement on this one. She had lots of old injuries.
Snappers are usually hurt when nest searching during egg
laying season. With so much urban encroachment,
turtles are finding themselves often in harms way.
Please be careful when driving, etc. She was returned to
We currently have a 5 inch Testudo
marginata at the hospital that was looking for a
home. He is herpes positive and will need
medication for life. He can not go into a home
with other tortoises, as this virus is contagious.
Flip found a home. He
now has a wonderful, loving family to spoil him! We
miss you, Flip.
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