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When in doubt about whether your turtle or tortoise needs professional medical care, contact a qualified herp veterinarian.
Not all veterinarians will see turtles, so you should check with your local reptile society for a qualified vet. This page also has links to herp veterinarians, although MATTS does not verify. A yearly check-up is a good idea and baseline exams on new animals are helpful.. Regular weight checks are suggested.
If you find an injured wild turtle, please contact an experienced exotic pet veterinarian or licensed wildlife rehabilitator near you.
'Healthcare articles & tips by MATTS' Sandy Barnett, Herpetologist
- Shell infections: When There are Chinks in the Armor
- Entamoeba invadens: The Chelonian Connection
Other useful healthcare resources
Chelonians - Melissa Kaplan's Herp Care Collection
Health Information - Red Ear Slider website
Healthcare - Box Turtle Care & Conservation Webpage
Determining a Healthy Tortoise or Box Turtle Weight - Susan Donoghue
- by Dawn WItherington & Jeanette Wyneken