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Posted by kephy on May 03, 2003 at 14:24:53:
A few days ago my boyfriend and I found a common snapper hatchling at the White Rock Lake dog park. He was a real good distance from the water, very hot and dehydrated, and very scared. I thought he was dead for sure. We brought him home, got him in some water with some good lights, and now he is feeding very well and seems in good health.
We were kind of thinking of keeping him until he got a little bigger before releasing him again, so that he'll have a better chance. I don't know if this would be better or worse for him, though, we don't want him to lose any of his wild instincts. Would keeping him for a month or two until he is bigger give him a handicap when he's released back into the wild? Right now he seems to have no problems catching and eating live food. I really just want to do what's best for the little thing.
Also, does anyone have any good recommendations for where to release him? I suppose White Rock Lake is as good as any since he came from there, but it's so big and dirty. I'd rather take him to a nicer habitat if I can.
Anyhow, any help will be appreciated. I love reptiles and amphibians, and I really just want to do whatever will give this little turtle the best chances when he's re-released.