Red-bellied Cooter #18-0204
During nesting season, freshwater turtles often have to cross roads to find a mate or to find a suitable place to lay eggs. Being struck by a vehicle while crossing is a danger to these animals.
This red-bellied cooter was struck by a vehicle while crossing the road in Lehigh Acres, FL. It suffered a large carapace (upper shell) fracture, some minor scrapes and some bruising.
Hardware Placed - Feb 06 2018 4:22 pm
Surgery was performed today to flush the carapace fracture site and place hardware to realign the shell pieces. The patient was sedated for the procedure and screws were placed on either side of the fracture and on the two pieces depressed in the wound. A bridge covering the span of the wound was placed with wire attached to the two depressed pieces of shell. Over the course of the healing process, the wire will be tightened bringing the two pieces level with the rest of the shell.
Feeding Tube - Feb 08 2018 3:49 pm
A feeding tube was placed to ensure the turtle gets proper nutrients during recovery. It is also currently receiving daily bandage changes and pain medication.