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Healthcare articles & links

When turtles are ailing, some of the first things to consider are temperature, diet, and lighting. If you have a semi-aquatic turtle, water quality is also key.



'Healthcare articles & tips by MATTS' Sandy Barnett, Herpetologist


                                                     - Shell infections: When There are Chinks in the Armor                                                                                                     

                                                   

                                                      - Entamoeba invadens: The Chelonian Connection


Beak & Claw Care 

The ABC's of Vitamin A

When the End is in Sight: Cloacal  Organ Prolapses in Chelonians

Ear Infections in Chelonians

Treatment for Maggot Infestation

Terrestrial Turtle Troubleshooter


Other useful healthcare resources


 Chelonians - Melissa Kaplan's Herp Care Collection

 Poisonous Plant Database - Cornell University
 Medical Information- Austins Turtle Page

 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                                  

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 resources

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​​Delaware Rehabilitator info


Wildlife Rehabilitation Information Directory


National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association

.Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians  member links:

Maryland  Virginia  Delaware  Pennsylvania

Other US & International locations


Reptile Channel  vet listing

Veterinarian Listing