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"Removing Turtles From The Road"

There are two 'wive's tales' surrounding turtles 'on the road' and it's important to know they're substantially incorrect. First, is that if a turtle is moved to a remote location (from the bank parking lot, for example), to the country; it's said that the turtle will die trying to get home to Smyrna. NOT TRUE. But, it's important to remove the turtle to SUITABLE habitat! And that's a habitat with WATER within walking distance on it. Even land turtles must drink. Any creekside is good for Box Turtles. Any pond for pond turtles.
Besides that, is the concern of removing turtles from the road IN THE DIRECTION THEY WERE WALKING. The facts on that one are: *Absolutely not necessary* ESPECIALLY if the habitat is WORSE on the side they're heading for. They can have NO idea, and are probably just looking for a place to lay some eggs. Or each other.
Case in point I witnessed on Azalea Drive (see image) was a VERY kind lady who hopped out of her car to save the pictured turtle (in hands) and HOLY SMOKE that turtle pee'd on her! Anyway she saw it walking away from the pond and so she put it on the side *away* from the pond as she surely had been taught. Which was naught but a steep incline to a fence. So the turtle would HAVE to go back across the road. And if she had laid eggs on that side, all the hatchlings would have to cross back, too. (Which is a lot of bird and tire exposure).

So, look around and remove turtles to the SAFEST side of the road. And just HOPE if she is dead-set on looking for a place to nest across the road (in the bank parking lot), at least you did your best. To close, if you took her completely away from harm, and put her in another lake or another part of the lake she will NOT die trying to get back to Azalea Drive.
Thanks y'all. With love and respect, Erik.
Qualifications (Someone always asks): Veterinarian (Have taken, and then taught in UGA's Exotics Course) - and sometimes Tortoise Breeder (geochelone denticulata) keeping and treating chelonians since 1974.

Oxyfresh has been around a VERY long time and still hasn't been surpassed. I love the water additive. I recommend it's made fresh daily with distilled water, and for bad mouths - double strength. Always safe. this will NOT dissolve tartar but it will kill germs, reduce pus and infection and keep teeth from getting "bad" if they're not already. Kit includes gel and brushes.

Oxyfresh complete dental kit.

BABYLTRL Dog Cone Collar for After Surgery, Soft Pet Recovery Collar for Dogs and Cats, Adjustable Cone Collar Protective Collar for Small Medium Large Dogs Wound Healing

Anymore these days companies are NOT making cones that are long enough to protect feet, OR stop head shaking. You really just need a cone. And this is the most important part - YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO FIX IT TO THE COLLAR because NO CONE is tight enough to resist a back foot pushing on it. And they'll do it! (Buy The Right One on Amazon)

Something else I found for my dog "Ajax" that's cool:

Sporn Dog Halter STOPS "pulling and tugging" NOW. (Link)

This is what I use now, with my dog Ajax. I used to use the Gentle Leader, but I didn't like including his face in the thing. Now, this just goes around his chest and he DOES NOT PULL ANY MORE. It's great! Amazon.com has it.

Dog Canine K9 Knee Stifle Brace Wrap

Labra Dog Canine K9 Knee Stifle Brace Wrap Metal Hinged Flexible Support Treat ACL CCL Luxating Patella Cruciate Ligament Sprain Strain Tear Injuries

I couldn't get behind these until this one came out. It has a strap that keeps the thing from sliding down. THAT strap has a strap that keeps the thing from rolling down off the dog's rump. And the whole thing does NOT wrap around his weiner area (which would have been fine for a female dog of course) so this one has THREE key engineering points.

Buy the proper knee brace and put it on tight! 

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