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What to Do if You Find an Injured Turtle



  1. Find a veterinarian or wildlife rehabilitator ASAP who is experienced in turtle care (check the list of wildlife rehabilitators)
  2. People inexperienced in turtle care may provide inappropriate care or assume euthanasia is the only solution.
  3. Put the turtle into a container he/she cannot crawl out of.
  4. Do not put the injured turtle with any other animals including other turtles.
  5. Place a damp towel or damp paper towels on the bottom of the container.
  6. Put the turtle in a quiet place.
  7. When transporting to a veterinarian or wildlife rehabilitator, cover the turtle container – human contact can be stressful to wild animals.
  8. Note exactly where the turtle was found so it can be returned after recovery.




  1. Do NOT remove healthy turtles from the wild. Turtles can sometimes heal from injuries and scars may be present in recovered individuals.
  2. Do NOT put the turtle in water.
  3. Do NOT attempt to repair or clean the fracture site.
  4. Do NOT put ointment on the fracture site.
  5. Do NOT put the turtle outside of your house – The purpose of this is to avoid fly strikes.
  • If the turtle cannot be brought inside, put them in the shade and cover the container they are in.
  • If you need to hold the turtle overnight before transporting them, the turtle must be kept in a safe place where nocturnal predators (raccoons) can’t get them.