This is Sid the turtle
Sid was brought to us by a client last fall who saw him on the side of the road. When she picked him up, his leg was dangling so she knew he needed medical care and brought him to us.
As you can see from the photo above, the leg is definitely broken. Dr. Yacowitz felt that the leg could not be splinted, but that through time and confinement it would heal. The problem we had now though is that we were heading into the winter, which is when a turtle would typically hibernate. What to do?
Enter our technician Mark!
Mark is one of our technicians who knows a thing or two about reptiles, and he agreed to foster Sid for the winter time while his leg healed.
Box turtles have a 2 acre range and should be released in the same area in which they were found. Releasing them elsewhere will greatly reduce their chance of survival. Luckily, we have a few clients who live close to where Sid was found, and one of them agreed to release him in their yard.
Last month we said good bye to Sid, because his leg healed nicely and he was healthy enough to be released. We were sad to see him go, but we’re glad he did well this past winter. We hope he has a long and happy life out in the wild!