Yellow-bellied Slider

PATIENTYellow-bellied Slider, #11-0305 LOCATION OF RESCUE:  Charlottesville, VA CAUSE OF ADMISSION:  Ingested a fish hook ADMISSION DATE: April 11, 2011 OUTCOME:  Released on April 30, 2011 On April 11, a Yellow-bellied Slider was found in Charlottesville with a fish hook protruding from its nose.  Rescuers took the turtle to the Charlottesville SPCA; rehabilitator Eleanor Matano transported the injured turtle to the Wildlife Center that same afternoon. Upon admission, Dr. Miranda and three veterinary students examined the turtle.  The nearly four-pound slider was in good body condition and was bright and alert.  The fish hook was lodged in the turtle's mouth, extending into the nasal cavity and protruding from its nose.  Dr. Miranda clipped the sharp end of the hook, and also cut the curved part of the hook that was in the turtle's mouth.  From there, the team was able to extract the hook through the turtle's nose.  The wound was cleaned and the turtle was started on antibiotics and pain medication. Yellow-bellied Sliders are large freshwater turtles that primarily live in the southeastern part of Virginia, though there have been occasional sightings in other locations in the state.  They can reach nearly 11.5 inches in length; this particular slider is about 11 inches long.  Given the size and darker coloration of this turtle, WCV staff believe it to be an older female.  The lifespan of a Yellow-bellied slider is more than 30 years.  Special thanks to our friends at Virginia Herpetological Society for a tricky identification consult!  For the next week, this turtle will be housed in the Center's reptile room, which is warmer and more humid that the other patient rooms.  The turtle will remain out of water for the next week so that the soft tissue injuries can begin to heal. 

May 2 update

After two weeks of recovery, Yellow-bellied Slider #11-305 was declared ready for release by the WCV veterinarians.  After the heavy rainstorms during the week of April 25, the park where this turtle was found was flooded -- and closed!  It seems odd to think that an aquatic turtle's release was delayed due to too much water, but the park re-opened at the end of the week and this slider was safely returned to the wild. Your donation will help support the Center’s work with patients like this turtle … and with 2,300 other wild animals in need.

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