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    Dove Key Ranch Wildlife Rehabilitation - Animal of the Month

    Turtle Tip of the Day - 6

    Top ten ways Texans can help our turtles and tortoises
    Tip 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10

    by Bonnie Wroblewski

    6. Bring in the family pet when turtles are in the area.

    Unfortunately, the natural instincts of Fido and Fluffy cause a devastating impact on native Texas wildlife. Domestic dogs and cats kill shelled neighbors either outright through injury; the resulting infection from inflicted wounds; susceptibility to disease, starvation, and predation from a compromised state post-attack; or from undue stress and dehydration inflicted upon harassed chelonians. One of the defense mechanisms of box turtles and tortoises is to urinate on their attackers. In the process, they usually empty their entire bladder and any water reserves they may have garnered to stave off future dry spells. If the turtles are unable to quickly resolve their fluid deficit, a challenging prospect in this time of severe drought, they will perish an agonizing death from dehydration. You can prevent these dire scenarios of suffering very simply: bring your dogs and cats inside whenever you see a turtle or tortoise in your yard. Do not let your furry friends back outside until you have given your property and the surrounding area a quick survey and ensured the armored adventurer has continued in his/her travels out of the range of your feline and canine companions.
    Rescued three-toed box turtle
    This three-toed box turtle had to be wrangled from the mouth of a black lab, which had been using the unfortunate chelonian as a chew toy.

    See Top ten ways Texans can help our turtles and tortoises
    Tip 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10

    © Bonnie Wroblewski
    http://www.dovekeywildlife.org
    June 1, 2011
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