'Dehydrated, emaciated' snapping turtle on mend at Richmond Wildlife Center

'Dehydrated, emaciated' snapping turtle on mend at Richmond Wildlife Center

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Wildlife Center saved a snapping turtle that was found in a garage.

The turtle had been removed and placed in a ditch near a roadway by a gardener. The wildlife center said the turtle had sought shelter in a drain, which is abnormal.

The turtle was dehydrated, emaciated and its skin was peeling.

Richmond Wildlife Center treated the animal for dehydration and is giving it food. Tests will be done on the animal to see if it has any injuries to its tail or spine.

A reminder was issued regarding the incident to never pick a turtle up by its tail. Doing so can cause injuries to the animal, especially one as heavy as a large snapping turtle.

The center is hoping to return the turtle to a body of water near where it was found after it regains strength.

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