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Posted by PHBoxTurtle on March 28, 2003 at 00:38:44:
In Reply to: returning turtles to the wild posted by tlsorgi on March 26, 2003 at 08:11:22:
I knew of a company in Tx, I think it was Dallas, where a person did the same thing inher building courtyard. She quickly saw the error of her ways because others began to do the same, mostly instead of just putting the turtles on the side of the road. Soon there were too many. Some refused to eat, some died. It's a nice sentiment, but wild box turtles should remain in the wild in almost every instance.
If you have a big koi pond and live in the natural home range of Red Eared Sliders, you might want to give a few who are dying for a new home a place to live :)
:I work at a state mental hospital. We have a courtyard that has a coy pond and lots of plants and vegetation, surrounded by a brick wall. As I often find myself relocating them from the sides of roads, I was interested in bringing those to the courtyard for the summer months. Outside of the hospital is a huge state park which would be perfect for relocating them in the fall, as not as many patients use the courtyard. My question is...can a turtle who is taken out of the wild for a few months thrive if returned, or would it be entirely to stressful on the turtles. Any input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Tara