A hail damaged Eastern Long-neck turtle: a case study

Shane Simpson
Monday, April 1, 2013

Veterinary practices may be presented with both captive and wild turtles that have sustained shell fractures caused by such things as road trauma and dog attacks. With the appropriate care these animals can be successfully treated. The initial nursing care provided to these patients can greatly affect their long-term survivability.This case report details the treatment of an Eastern Long-neck Turtle (Chelodina longicollis) that sustained a shell fracture after being struck by a large hail stone. It highlights the treatment required to initially stabilise the turtle, the options available to repair the shell fracture and the post-operative care needed for a successful outcome.

A hail damaged Eastern Long-neck turtle: a case study
A hail damaged Eastern Long-neck turtle: a case study

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