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I rescued a box turtle and need some help.

Discussion in 'American box turtles' started by Calderburton, Dec 24, 2018.

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  1. Calderburton

    Calderburton New Member

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    Thank you
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    Pastel Tortie Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    These are some other resources you may find useful.
    http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/care.htm General turtle care
    http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/caresheets.htm Caresheets link (various)
    http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/cs-ornateboxie.htm Ornate box turtle
    http://www.anapsid.org/box.html Solid resource for a variety of herp issues and species
    https://www.completecritter.com/box-turtle.html Based on the Merck Vet Manual
    http://turtlepuddle.org/american/boxcare.html by Mary Hopson
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    He ate!
    I fed him some shredded acorn squash, prickly pear fruit, and some sweet potato in a salad. He also ate some super worms
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    Try mixing in some chunky cat food. You can also try to mix in very small amounts of crested gecko food by Pangea. It lets out a soothing aroma for the turtle. Try mixing coconut coir and orchid bark, or instead of bark mix in a little bit of perlite/vermiculite free bonsai soil. Good luck!
    -Mickey
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    Point of clarification... That last part starting with the coconut coir and orchid bark is substrate-related, not food-related. :)

    Mickey, please don't be offended. :)
    I only mention the clarification to prevent any future confusion and to assist with translation if needed. We have a number of Forum members whose first language is not English. Our members come from and live all across the world. It's one of the things that makes the TFO such an awesome place. :D
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    Nooo, I am not offended! By pointing that out you made it clearer for people to do the right thing, why should I be upset? I’m here to learn! Thanks for pointing that out!
    -Mickey
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    That is all great except for the super worms. in the article i provided above, it explains why mealworms are NOT ok for box turtles.
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    Try pumpkin purée and strawberries.
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    So can the beek be trimmed at home or should he be taken in.
    If I had the dremel in my hand it wouldn't be pretty. :)
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    Well, I think that's the answer. If the keeper is not comfortable and confident about trimming the beak, it would be best to take the turtle to a good herp vet at least the first time, so the vet or vet techs can show the owner how to do it.

    There is also something to be said for letting someone else be the "bad guy," especially when they have lots of extra hands on staff to hold the critter still.
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    DO NOT attempt that at home. A vet will know how much and the correct shape for the turtle. also will know what cannot be removed, if tutle presents with an oddly shaped beak.
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    An update on his beak! There are no vets in my area that could trim the beak but they did offer an anesthetic. I went to the vet they put him under and I trimmed the beak. He is doing much better and is eating anything I give him!
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    That's good news.
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