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Box Turtle - Sick

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Caption: Box Turtle - Sick
Scientific name: Terrapene carolina carolina
Location: South Georgia
Copyright: © Graeme Teague 832-526-1123 gtphoto@shaw.ca
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Comments: The reality end of the pet trade - nearly all turtles arrive in poor shape with nose bubbles a clear indication of ill health - poor guy. Reed Bingham State Park, Georgia, USA. The eastern box turtle is a subspecies within a group of hinge-shelled turtles, normally called box turtles. T. c. carolina is native to an eastern part of the United States. This was an eye opener to me and quite sad really. A huge fad as pets they have suffered enormously. Long lived (to 100yrs), slow to mature, few off spring, all make the species susceptible to human-induced problems. Hugely popular in the pet trade their numbers have reduced drastically via wild capture, bad treatment and ignorance. Specialized needs make the 'pet' a problem and they can suffer from multiple problems. Most arrive sick, dehydrated, stressed and not eating. Nose bubbles are clear indication of being ill. Reed Bingham SP, GA. GTPHOTO is a full Georgia agency covering the whole state including wildlife and animal rescue.

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