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Wildlife Gardening: what kind of turtle this is

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Ashland City, TN

June 20, 2010
10:34 AM

Post #7905160

Im not sure if anyone considers turtles part of wildlife gardening but I thought Id give it a try anyway. My dog got hold of this baby turtle. Does anyone know if it is a box turtle or snapping turtle. We do have water by our house but I think this one came from under a wood pile. The second photo shows the wound from my dog chewing on him before I caught him. The shell is cracked and chipped. I had to move the shell back into place but it looks like it is just missing that little chunk. Do I need to doctor him or can I just put him back under the wood pile?

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Bella Vista, AR
(Zone 6b)

June 20, 2010
11:36 AM

Post #7905285

Hey scarediecat,
Looks like a common box turtle. Snappers can't pull their head and legs into their shell. Unfortunately, there is probably very little you can do to help this one. If it too badly damaged it won't live. You'd probably do best to put it in an out of the way place, cool and shady and away from your dog.
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Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 25, 2010
1:06 PM

Post #7920116

Yep, eastern box turtle. We have them all over our woods here in northern Kentucky.
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 6b)

July 1, 2010
1:22 PM

Post #7935969

He looks like he has the same injuries that one I found the other day had. The one I found had healed up and he was doing fine. I agree with JulieQ. Put him in a shady place and where your dog can't get him. He'll probably be fine.

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