Found tortoise with cracked shell

MemoEP

New Member
Joined
Aug 23, 2019
Messages
5
Location (City and/or State)
Texas
A friend found this tort today. Because we have a male Leopard Tortoise, he asked if we could take it.
We don't mind caring for this guy, but he has a cracked shell... not sure how that happened or what
can be done.
Questions: can anything be done for that shell? And if we keep him (or her), would it be traumatic
for it to be in an enclosure with our Leopard? The enclosure is outside, 12' x 8'.
Thanks! Found Tortoise 7.14.21 (2).jpg
 

MemoEP

New Member
Joined
Aug 23, 2019
Messages
5
Location (City and/or State)
Texas
It's a box turtle, wild from the looks of it. The shell is an old wound from what I can see. I'd find a water source like a pond and let him go ideally in the same place he was taken from...
Maggie, thanks for your quick response. We have not seen this turtle/tortoise in person, so we couldn't tell from the photos. But there are a good number of turtles in and out of ponds and canals in this area. So maybe we should simply put him back into a pond with other turtles we've seen. Thanks again.
 

ZenHerper

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 27, 2020
Messages
1,669
Location (City and/or State)
New Jersey
Very alert (prob. male) box turtle; carapace looks like it's chipping away an old trauma...if nothing about the shell moves when handled, no action/convalescence needed.

I'd return it to a safe part of the area it came from.

Thanks for caring!
 

Yvonne G

Old Timer
TFO Admin
10 Year Member!
Platinum Tortoise Club
Joined
Jan 23, 2008
Messages
88,998
Location (City and/or State)
Clovis, CA
Maggie, thanks for your quick response. We have not seen this turtle/tortoise in person, so we couldn't tell from the photos. But there are a good number of turtles in and out of ponds and canals in this area. So maybe we should simply put him back into a pond with other turtles we've seen. Thanks again.
Not INTO a pond, but rather NEXT to a pond. It's NOT a water turtle.

Box turtles are territorial and if your friend lets him go somewhere else other than where he was found, he's liable to be killed as he tries to find his way 'home.'
 

MemoEP

New Member
Joined
Aug 23, 2019
Messages
5
Location (City and/or State)
Texas
Not INTO a pond, but rather NEXT to a pond. It's NOT a water turtle.

Box turtles are territorial and if your friend lets him go somewhere else other than where he was found, he's liable to be killed as he tries to find his way 'home.'
Yes, that's what I meant. Sorry for the confusion. We are helping this friend to get him back to where they found him (or as close as possible). Thanks again.
 

m irwin

Member
Joined
Feb 4, 2021
Messages
46
Location (City and/or State)
Dallas
Agree - let it go where you found it- it's most likely wild and another victim of wandering into the sight of humans who feel they need to "rescue" him. Un-rescue him right back to where he was found and let him go free and wild, as nature intended.
 
TortoiseSupply.com

New Posts

Top