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By: Greg Mertz, DVM
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Painted Turtle being held

Two months ago, a female painted turtle came to our clinic with very severe traumatic wounds after being hit by a car.  Female turtles are commonly victims of car strikes in the late spring and early summer as they are crossing roads to look for suitable habitat to lay their eggs.  Unfortunately, she had to be euthanized, but shortly after she died we collected 6 eggs from inside of her.

Just yesterday they started to hatch!  They are only the size of quarter when they are born and are very cute.

Remember to slow down and keep an eye out for crossing turtles in the summer months.  If you find one on the road, move it off into the grass — but make sure you move it in the direction it was headed.

By: Greg Mertz, DVM
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Snapping turtle with Daisy

Snapping turtle with Daisy

I went out for a walk this morning with Daisy Dog and encountered a snapping turtle who was out of the water in order to lay her eggs. Many spring-time activities are still happening even though it is the first day of summer. That was a cold wet spring we had! She grudgingly but calmly let me take her photo. She gave me a cold hard stare. I noticed she was getting hit hard with mosquitoes, so to help her out I took off my hat and gently slapped her across the face to shoo them away. It was like I had slapped my grandmother! She charged me snapping, physically knocking me over backwards. I skittered out of her way and let her to her own devices.