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Patient of the Week: Desert Mud Turtle

In the Sonoran Desert, it’s a rare sight to see certain native species as we’re so accustomed to a dry and harsh climate. However, this previous monsoon season offered many different species that we normally don’t see. That was the case with this Desert Mud Turtle as he was found in the road near Vail after potentially having a run in with a vehicle. Upon admission to Tucson Wildlife Center, x-rays showed a fracture to the turtle’s beak. Our staff were able to place a wire at the site to help secure the fracture during the healing process and have him under close watch. As with most reptiles, his healing process will be long, and he still has some way to go before a potential release. We are optimistic that he will continue to heal in order to be released back to the wild!

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