If you find a turtle . . .

If you find an injured or sick turtle, please call Turtle Rescue Team and leave a message.  A veterinary student will return your call as soon as possible.  In some instances, the turtle may not require any treatments at all and can be released immediately!

In the case a turtle needs our assistance, please limit the amount of noise and stress by only handling them when necessary.  Turtle Rescue Team strongly encourages the use of gloves when touching a turtle.  If you do not have gloves on hand, please make sure to thoroughly wash your hands afterward.  Be extra cautious if you find a Snapping Turtle – they have a long neck and a powerful jaw, which makes it easy to reach out and bite people!  Avoid putting hands, feet, or faces in front of a turtle’s mouth!  When turtles bite, they tend to not let go!  It is especially important in Snapping Turtles to hold them as far away from the head and as close to the tail as possible.

Place the injured or sick turtle in a well-ventilated cardboard box or plastic container lined with newspaper, a T-Shirt, or a towel.  Place a shallow water dish in the box. You may also offer some brightly colored fruits and vegetables like strawberries, tomatoes, red peppers, squash, and zucchini. Please keep the turtle in safe location, away from children, pets, and loud noises.