Common Snapping Turtle #17-2211 update

Snapping Turtle #17-2211 has been doing well post-surgery. On September 11, Drs. Ernesto and Alexa applied an acrylic epoxy to the turtle’s surgical site; the epoxy will protect the shell where it was cut open during surgery, and allow the staff to soak the turtle. Snapping Turtles, like most aquatic turtles, have better appetites and increased hydration when they are allowed to eat in water.

Beginning on September 13, the rehabilitation staff will soak the turtle every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. While soaking, the turtle will have access to a turtle meal consisting of chopped leafy greens, vegetables, and meat (e.g. chopped rat or small fish).