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Krefft's Turtle (baby)

Emydura krefftii

Notes:

10/11/12 - New shot 1 added, taken 3/11/12. We took Franklin to the Wildlife Hospital today for a check up. He has gained 8 grams since his last visit, and they have decided that he is ready to release. So Franklin has left us after 7 months in care! One of those happy days tinged with sadness. Our turtle tank feels empty now. 13/6/12 - The green hair is gone and he has gained 3 grams. Staying with us for the winter. We now have an adult Krefft's Turtle in care too - see http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/114... 22/4/12 - Tank shots (Shot 2) taken today. You can really see his green 'hair'! He's also eating well, earthworms are the go. (Thanks to the Australian Museum website for that tip!) 21/4/12 - Outdoor shot (Shot 3) taken today. We took him out for a walk in the sun. 19/4/12 - Shots 4-6: This baby freshwater turtle, named Franklin, has just come into our care. The person who took it to the Wildlife Hospital said it has been in captivity for over a year, which makes it very very small for its age. We don't know how or why it came to be in captivity in the first place. It has algae growing on its head that looks like green hair! Once we get him to feed properly (and hopefully get rid of the algae) he will be released into the wild.

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14 Comments

ShannaB
ShannaB 8 years ago

New pic added and details updated. Franklin will be released back into the wild tomorrow. It's one of those happy/sad days!!

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Wonderful story! Way to go rehabbers!!! ;-)

ShannaB
ShannaB 8 years ago

Due to the interest in his hair, I just went to take a photo so I could update... but he's asleep. So I've just posted a separate spotting of an adult that came into care last week. Franklin will look like this one day! http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/114...

ShannaB
ShannaB 8 years ago

Leuba - I am always keen to meet fellow wildlife lovers! We have had (and continue to have) an interesting time with the wildlife caring. My husband has been a registered carer for five years now, it's been a journey. : )

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

you have a great life ShannaB - squashing caterpillars and taking baby turtles for walks !! - we hope to one day catch-up with you and hear all of this in person...I love all the stories about the rescued animals - great job !. I love this little turtle's green hair - his story sounds positive.

Muckpuk
Muckpuk 8 years ago

I loved his green hair! He is adorable!

ShannaB
ShannaB 8 years ago

The green 'hair' isn't great Rolo. I am happy to report, however, that he has lost his hair and now has a nice smooth head. (Sorry Megs!) On his last visit to the vet he had also gained 3 grams and is looking pretty healthy! We're just keeping him for the winter now - he'll have a better chance of survival in the wild if we release him after the weather warms up a bit. : )

Rolo
Rolo 8 years ago

Beautiful. The algae in the head is bad for his/her health?

Megs18
Megs18 8 years ago

He is such a cutey, Shanna. I hope is hair doesn't fall off!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Grate series love first one!

harsuame
harsuame 8 years ago

Sensacional bellas series

ShannaB
ShannaB 8 years ago

Thanks Viv! He had an accommodation upgrade over the weekend, we were able to move him into a bigger and fancier tank after one of our larger turtles was approved for release. He likes his new spot, I think, and he's also enjoying the earthworms we're giving him. He'll be right to go in a couple of weeks I think. : )

VivBraznell
VivBraznell 8 years ago

How cute! Poor little chap ............. looks like he's in the perfect place to make a 100% recovery : )

ShannaB
ShannaB 8 years ago

I've just added new pics of this adorable little fellow who is currently in our care. : )

ShannaB
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ShannaB

Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Apr 19, 2012
Submitted on Apr 19, 2012

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