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    Turtle with Hole in His Shell

    I found a turtle in my back yard and he has a hole in his shell I've been taking care of him cleaning the wound and feeding him my question is will his shell ever grow back?






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    Re: Turtle with Hole in His Shell

    Shell can knit a little bit, so if the hole is small, it may grow back together. If it is large, it may very well just stay a hole in his shell.

    Turtles can take quite a beating and survive it. Amazing little creatures.

    Check with local vets, some of them are able to replace parts of shell. It would be alike a plastic patch, essentially. If it is a young turtle, it would need replacing as he ages.


    What kind of turtle is he?
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    Re: Turtle with Hole in His Shell

    The hole is as big half dollar and you can see the skin.

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    Re: Turtle with Hole in His Shell

    sorry didn't see you asked what kind of turtle he is a box turtle hes about three inches in diameter

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    Re: Turtle with Hole in His Shell

    that's a big hole for such a little guy. If there is already skin formed under the hole. he's doing good. Is it discharging any fluids or blood? does it look swollen, discolored, or infected?

    Also, are the edges of the shell rough, or do they look a little worn?

    It sounds as though he is already healing okay on his own... but keep us posted.
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    Re: Turtle with Hole in His Shell

    Hi there, was looking on the web and found this site in new mexico, its a wildlife rescue. I'm not sure if you can take it there. I have seen other stuff on the web about turtle shell prosthesis. Hope the little one is OK. Good Luck

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    Re: Turtle with Hole in His Shell

    They have had good success with using fiberglass to patch shell holes in injured turtles.
    With a hole that size in a 3 inch turtle it is probably something that should be looked into.
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    Re: Turtle with Hole in His Shell

    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin View Post
    They have had good success with using fiberglass to patch shell holes in injured turtles.
    With a hole that size in a 3 inch turtle it is probably something that should be looked into.
    Yes, I've seen this also and it amazing what they can do. This would give him some sort of protection. Worth looking at for sure.
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    Re: Turtle with Hole in His Shell

    Its no leaking, bleeding, discolored, doesn't look infected, and its not swollen. The edges are a bit worn down and there is skin formed under the hole. Its not half dollar size just a bit smaller like a quarter. Not that it makes that much of a difference its still a hole. I will take him to a vet on Tuesday and get him patched I will keep you guys updated. I will also take him to the wildlife rescue in Albuquerque N.M just 6 hrs away from Hobbs N.M to live out the rest of his life there. I will let you guys know whats going on with him thanks for your help.

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    Re: Turtle with Hole in His Shell

    Awesome! It sounds like infection is not an issue. He does need a patch though - he is used to having armor there.
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