Mid-Atlantic Turtle & Tortoise Society

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Northern Virginia Wildlife Rescue wrl@wildliferescueleague.org   (703) 440-0800

The Maryland Wildlife Rehabilitators Assn.

MD DNR 24 hr. Hotline: 1-877-463-6497 

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​​Delaware Rehabilitator info


National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association

Wildlife Rehabilitators

.Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians  member links:

Find a vet

Veterinarian Listing

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 Sandy Barnett can be found on the resource page of her website, Box Turtle Facts. The link will bring you to the articles below.

Beak and Claw Care
Ear Infections in Chelonians
Epicoelomic Fluid Therapy for Chelonians
Hydration Solutions
Options for Treating Myiasis in Turtles
When the End is in Sight (Recognizing and Treating Prolapses)                                                   

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

Chelonian Anatomy  - 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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