Fish hook injuries are common in aquatic turtles like sliders and cooters. The severity of the injury is often determined by the location of the fish hook. If the hook is lodged in the mouth or pharynx (throat), it is relatively simple to remove. However, on occasion, larger turtles like snapping turtles or sea turtles can swallow small fishing hooks, where the foreign body may be stuck in the esophagus, stomach, or intestines. These cases are more severe and can sometimes be life threatening, especially if the hook perforates the gastrointestinal tract. If contents from the GI tract are released into the coelom or body cavity, the turtle can become septic.
Get help for an injured turtle
If you find a sick or injured turtle, please call and leave a message at (919) 397-9675.
Please note that it is illegal for us to treat or accept pet turtles due to our permit
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- (919) 397-96758am-8pm Monday-Sunday
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