Re: NANFA-L-- OT: Box Turtle Reintroduction Advice
Mon, 20 Jun 2005 14:35:00 -0500

Well, the preserve manager is probably right about the turtles dying if
moved. However, not all turtles read conservation books, and moving a
misplaced turtle to a safer location may be the best thing, if you are
certain it is misplaced. I live in a suburban type neighborhood, with
all the hazards you mentioned. But, there are a few box turtles here,
mainly along a creek, but some show up from time to time in yards.
Mine, for instance.

Also, though I know better now, when I was much younger, I picked up
more than one box turtle and carried it home to my parents place. Some
of them made it.

So, if you can legally do so, and you are certain that the provenance
of the turtle is from beyond the neighborhood, it might be worth a try
moving it to somewhere seemingly safer. My guess is it came from the
woods you mentioned.

Dave Mc

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Crail, Todd" <tcrail-in-UTNet.UToledo.Edu>
Date: Monday, June 20, 2005 9:48 am
Subject: NANFA-L-- OT: Box Turtle Reintroduction Advice

> Hi gang, sorry to use the list for herp stuff... But we've got a
> little gal here that needs a hand.
> My parents neighbor found a female box turtle (plastron is 5") in
> their yard yesterday. As "suburbia" for as long as it is in their
> neighborhood, I imagine someone brought it home and then dumped
> it. Everyone sprays the heck out of their lawns and so forth, the
> nearest woods are 1/4 mile away along the Swan Creek cooridoor.
> In any case.. It was surrounded by dogs and kids and well (they
> were going to take it inside, but I used my Fish Guy Mind Trick
> gah)... If anything, she really lost her way. Or.. I made a
> mistake moving her. That's possible too :)
> I asked the preserve manager about putting her in-in-Kitty Todd.
> He said that they die when moved from their home range. Anyone
> know anything about this? Given that we don't know its home
> range, what would you (or someone who works with turtles) suggest?
> To a preserve or back to the wooded corridoor?
> It might also be good to have a herper give it a looky before it
> gets placed anywhere for disease. I've got an APB out to my local
> herper buddies-in-the Zoo.
> Also.. What should I feed her in the meantime? I've got
> nightcrawlers, can get slugs and isopods from the woodlot next to
> my apartment. Berries? Any greens?
> If there were any suggestions for care or procedure in the
> meantime, I wanted to act as quickly as possible, thus the post.
> Thanks in advance for any help!
> Todd
> The Muddy Maumee Madness, Toledo, OH
> It's never too late to have a happy childhood.
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