I have found a Russian Box turtle injured by some animal. It must have been abandoned. It has several wounds and some shell gone. It can walk. What can I do to help it heal. It has been a pet as there was a water dish and dryed up lettuce where I found her in the woods.I could not afford a huge vet bill- just want to do what i can for this poor turtle.Grateful for any advice,Ana Rawson
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I have soaked it in water to get injuries clean. I have put an antibiotic ointment on the torn skin.
Are you prepared to do a set up in the house?
Would you want to place the turle with a Rehabber or rescue?
Can you supply a State if you you want to place the turtle?
Yes, I can take care of it in the house, and adopt it.But, If it really needs more care than I can afford I will have to give it to a rehabber. My state is Vermont.
You will need a big enclosure that will house the turtle. You will also need a UVB light which will supply the artificial sunlight. I suggest a reptisun 10.0 tube. You will also need a basking light for heat. Turtles need the heat to help
thermoregulate their body temperature and for digestion. A dome light will work and a reguar household bulb will work. The turtle will need a water dish that it can climb in and out of at will because they like to soak. The substrate should be ecoearth which it can burrow in. Until the turtle is healed you can use paper towels since we want to keep the areas clean.
To help the turtle you can give a nice soak in a 50/50 plain water and pedialyte soak to help with any dehydration. Next to treat the areas you will need a Diluted betadine and water solution to tea color and clean the areas 4-5 times a day. Once the area is cleaned you can use Neosporin on the areas. This should help with the healing.
The turtle is an onnivore, so it will eat veggies as well as earth worms, slugs and other insects sold at the pet shop. Do not feed wild caught insects. I am going to give you a care sheet for the Box turtle: http://www.tortoise.org/general/boxcare.html
I suggest for a calcium supplement which is needed to enclose cuttle bones in with the turtle.
This is a link for Reptile Rescue in Vermont:
Rescues - Herp
Upper Valley Reptile Group603-276-9181
I have been doing Reptile Rescues for 15+ Years
Hi Ana,I'm just following up on our conversation about ?. How is everything going?Joan