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Gulf Coast Box TurtleRescue Me ID: 17-10-07-00199

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About Gulf Coast Box Turtle

Age: Adult
Sex: Female

Puffy (aka Puff Momma) Gulf coast box turtle (Terrapene carolina major), adult, female, 882 grams. Care Guidelines: NOTE: The care for an Eastern 'boxie' and a Gulf Coast box turtle are the same. Life Expectancy: 80-100 years ***These turtles are rescues. We GENERALLY DO NOT KNOW THE AGE OF OUR FOSTERS Suggested Adoption Donation: Adoptive family is responsible for shipping when applicable. We will ship turtles overnight unless weather conditions are prohibitive to the safety and comfort of our foster turtles. While we do not charge an adoption fee, any donation over the cost of shipping will contribute to offsetting vet care and other expenses associated with rehabilitating our charges. Puffy entered our care on 7/8/17. Puff Momma was severely egg-bound, and her eggs had died inside her. Invasive surgery was performed to remove the eggs. She also reacted badly to anesthesia and almost died. She wears a patch at the surgical site that should be closely monitored. If the patch comes off, it should be replaced immediately. She can NEVER be allowed to breed. Should not hibernate until 2018 and then needs to be monitored. Box turtles CANNOT be released in a 'random' location in the wild. Why? Because all box turtles have an internal 'homing signal.' Their true 'home' is (on average) the size of a football field. If box turtles are released somewhere other than that specific area they will spend the rest of their life attempting to return to that location, despite the perils. Therefore, it is the safest option for their welfare to adopt them to qualified homes when their point of origin is unknown. NOTE: Please familiarize yourself with the laws and regulations of your resident state pertaining to the guardianship of reptiles. For example, many states require you possess a fishing license to have a reptile as a companion animal.

Rankin County
Florence, Mississippi 39073

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