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Turtle Rescue NJ

Turtle Rescue can be emotionally draining at times. Not because of anything the turtles do but because of the people do to them! Ironically, people sympathize with turtles more, in general, and this leads to some very unpleasant circumstances in the name of loving their animal. We have rescued hundreds of turtles, not just the few listed here, but I use only as few as examples. Some of the turtles are in such poor shape I would have to post a warning before you saw them!

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The vertical portion is a screw, bored directly through and through the shell. The ring was bent into place afterwards. I wouldn’t call this a common practice but I’ve seen it multiple times in 30 years of turtle rescue.

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Turtle Rescue NJ

A better view of the same Snapping Turtle with its “restraint.”

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For all the years I have worked with reptiles and in Turtle Rescue, the single most infuriating aspect is how other people think,  and then treat, these animals because they aren’t furry and cute.

Dogs are supposed to wear leashes, but those leases go AROUND the animal’s neck, not through a part of it’s body!  No one would think of boring a hole into a dog’s leg to attach a leash. But as you will see below, this seems to be a common idea for some people with turtles.

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This one is a Crocodile Turtle with its “leash” hole after I removed the screw.

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These two turtles were owned by a veterinarian in north Jersey. They were being called a “snapping turtle” and a “box turtle.” You might want to give him half credit for the box turtle, except that the box turtle he had in mind is a land turtle and the Malaysian box is a water turtle. They thought they were doing Turtle Rescue when they took them in. They were brought to us by the veterinarian’s own technicians! ———————————They were being feed inappropriate foods and, if you look at the bent shell of the Malaysian, you can see that it was having a negative effect. Their shells were very slimy from the filthy water they were living in and there is no way to tell what their insides look like. The Reeves Turtle lived for about 1 year after we got it. It was juvenile and should have lived 50 years. The Malaysian Box turtle lived for about 5 years. Again, it should have lived for decades, but we can’t reverse years of poor feeding and filthy water.————————————————————– I hope those responsible and are appropriately ashamed.

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Having an animal that you don’t understand is very often the cause of trouble for animals that are brought to us. Often, the people responsible are very good and loving people and would never intentionally hurt these animals, but through ignorance they cause havoc!

Having an animal that you don’t understand is very often the cause of trouble for animals that are brought to us. Often, the people responsible are very good and loving people and would never intentionally hurt these animals, but through ignorance they cause havoc!

Turtle Rescue NJ

We have hatched and cared for over a thousand snapping turtles, in our Turtle Rescue efforts, since Bill started doing it in 1987. Fortunately they are easier than they look.

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On the plus side, Turtle Rescue is sometimes easier than other reptiles thanks to resilience of the turtles.

We still take turtles, though there maybe a fee depending on the species and the problem with the turtle.

BILL BOESENBERG

Please call Bill at 973-248-9964

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