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calvinater Sat May 28, 2022 11:16 am

The wife brought home an injured snapping turtle
Cracked shell
What can we do to help this poor fellow out?

How can you not see a foot long turtle and run it over?

finster Sat May 28, 2022 11:33 am

googling brings up several results



neat and simple bodge using bra clasps

info here too
http://www.anapsid.org/shellrepair.html#:~:text=A%...carefully.

OB Bus Sat May 28, 2022 11:38 am

Safety wire and 5-minute epoxy. We have adopted a couple of turtles and tortoises with previous repairs.They did fine and the shells eventually heal.
Be real careful with that snapper.

TDCTDI Sat May 28, 2022 12:50 pm

Super glue.

wheel607 Sat May 28, 2022 1:25 pm

TDCTDI wrote: Super glue.

Fiberglass resin and cut the matting material to fit. (Dont put it all over, just the crack line, about 1 inch, on either side of crack. I have done several that I have been able to return to the wild.

calvinater Sat May 28, 2022 3:09 pm

Trying to show photo But will not let me insert from gallery.

TDCTDI Sat May 28, 2022 3:45 pm

Super glue was originally designed to be used as a liquid suture for the military. I have sealed up several deep wounds & even reattached a fingertip.

wheel607 Sat May 28, 2022 3:55 pm

Super glue would now be my choice......followed up with resin and cloth fiberglass after the super glue had set. It has been MY experience that super glue is not or will not be enough. It will let go before the wound (shell) has healed......therefore the fiberglass (as quick as the Super Glue has set) and dont get the cheap stuff from Dollar Tree! Remember, a turtle does not know its shell has been damaged and will try to do the same things as it had done before. Attaching a fingertip or suturing, a human knows he is injured and will keep that joint or place immobilized. I do however like the Super Glue idea but only as a first step.

Cusser Sat May 28, 2022 4:11 pm

This is definitely about the farthest Off Topic I've seen !!!

Good luck.

calvinater Sun May 29, 2022 3:58 pm



Q-Dog Sun May 29, 2022 4:38 pm

Around here that would become dinner.

Abscate Sun May 29, 2022 6:12 pm

calvinater wrote:


Box turtle, obviously.

Donít eat anything that lives longer than you, out of respect

finster Mon May 30, 2022 2:12 am

think that needs a vet...inside parts shouldn't be on the outside. :-&

Abscate Mon May 30, 2022 2:42 am

JB weld with a touch of green pigment so the other turtles donít make fun of her. Quick setting in case there are hares nearby

calvinater Mon May 30, 2022 4:54 am

Waiting on the rehab center to call back.

Cusser Mon May 30, 2022 8:49 am

Once fixed, an application of Turtle Wax would be appropriate.

finster Mon May 30, 2022 9:44 am

^ that's turtley uncalled for

ubercrap Tue May 31, 2022 6:29 am

calvinater wrote: The wife brought home an injured snapping turtle
Cracked shell
What can we do to help this poor fellow out?

How can you not see a foot long turtle and run it over?

People run them over on purpose, unfortunately. I had an insane school bus driver growing up in rural Missouri that would do that. They also ran over a giant snake once on purpose and it was halfway dead, then she stopped and had her son tie it to the rear view mirror outside the door to terrorize the kids getting off the bus.

calvinater Tue May 31, 2022 9:34 am

Its no wonder i need that shirt that says. ď I Hate PeopleĒ

OB Bus Tue May 31, 2022 1:02 pm

So did the rescue or rehab folks ever get back to you?



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