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Posted by turtlecrazed on March 18, 2003 at 00:23:27:
In Reply to: Re: Painted in NC posted by Ladybug104c on March 14, 2003 at 10:12:40:
:The reason she thinks it was a pet is because she saw a truck pull up to a stream, a guy got out went to the water and got back into his truck. She went over to where he went and found the turtle. There are no turtles in that stream. I do not think this turtle would do well in this area since there are no other turtles and it is flowing water. Don't they need water like in a pond or lake? Should she take it to a pond or lake and let it go?
I operate North Carolina Turtle Rescue and Referral. I would be happy to take the turtle in, if this is the route your friend wishes to take. Just a question? Does this turtle have any algae or mud on it? The wild painteds in NC just came out of hibernation and will be very dirty and covered with mud/slime such as the one in the picture is. I would urge your friend to not release the turtle, as the background is questionable and it could possibly be a captive turtle and may be a carrier of something that could be passed to the wild turtles. Also, painteds are generally not found near streams. Another thing that makes me question it's "wildness". If she saw this man pull up and leave, chances are he left the turtle there. Please have your friend contact me.