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Rescue Me ID: 17-11-30-00224River Cooter

Reptile/Amphibian    Age: Baby


    Cosmo is one of six River Cooter hatchlings born to Shelby, who is currently in our care. Cosmo was born with one eye. We know he can see at least light and movement out of his right eye, but we are unsure he has enough vision to survive in the wild. We are considering adoption applications for Cosmo. However, since we will not know his gender for years, he requires a home who has the capability of providing him with an appropriately sized tank as he grows and an enclosed, predator-proof pond if he is indeed a she! Cosmo is extremely smart. He has learned the 'landmarks' in his tank and he appears to know his name as he will turn and ... (Read More)look at you when you greet him. He is playful and engaging! He is absolutely precious when he assumes his 'swimmer's pose' on his basking dock! *Adoptable turtles are only shipped during the winter months weather conditions permitting. Adoption application available on our web site, www.centralmsturtlerescue.com Please familiarize yourself with any regulations pertaining to owning reptiles in your resident state. (Less)

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Rescue Me ID: 17-11-30-00219Box turtle

Reptile/Amphibian    Age: Young Adult


    Honey Yertle Honey Yertle is a darling box turtle! She is quite tiny with a big personality!! Honey lost her two rear legs, but, she doesn't let that slow her down. She takes off like a rocket and navigates her VIP quarters with ease. She needs to be housed indoors to ensure she doesn't damage her plastron. Adoption donation: We do not charge a formal adoption fee for our fosters. Adopters are responsible for shipping fees. Any donation over the cost of shipping is used for medical care and supplies. Shipping is weather dependent-the safety and welfare of the turtles is the priority. Please familiarize yourself with any ... (Read More)requirements in your resident state pertaining to reptile ownership Adoption application available at: www.centralmsturtlerescue.com (Less)

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Rescue Me ID: 17-11-30-00216Gulf Coast Box Turtle (male)

Reptile/Amphibian    Age: Adult


    Rodney is an adult male Gulf Coast box turtle (Terrapene carolina major) who entered CMTR's care on 08/22/17. Rodney asked us to share his letter to Santa: Dear Santa: I have been an EXCELLENT boy this year. I battled cancer with quiet stoicism, and I am downright 'handicapable' adjusting well to losing my right front foot due to the mass. Given I have had a rather Charles Dicken's like year, I am adding a few 'big ticket' items. I hope you'll consider my requests (and, I'll have the cookies and milk ready). Merry Christmas Santa (and Mrs. Clause)- Rodney My wish list: 1) A box of Cuban cigars (oops, my foster dad is saying NO) 2) ... (Read More)Since #1 is out, an Amazon gift card for some new XBOX games 3) A new hiding spot 4) A humidifier for my abode 5) Some Romaine lettuce in my stocking 6) The complete boxed set of Game of Thrones 7) A new forever family (after all, seven IS a lucky number) A P.S. from our volunteer elves: Rodney will need a family willing to follow up with repeat cancer screenings and willing to stay in contact with original vet who would like to follow Rodney's progress. *Adoptable turtles can only be shipped during the winter months if the weather is stable enough to ensure their welfare. Adoption application available on our web site, www.centralmsturtlerescue.com Please familiarize yourself with any required license/permit necessary to own a reptile in your resident state. (Less)

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Rescue Me ID: 17-11-30-00214Red Eared Slider (male)

Reptile/Amphibian    Age: Adult


    Bender Bender is an adult male red eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) who entered CMTR's care on 10/03/17 from the Lucedale, MS area. Bender's story illustrates the critical nature of our educational efforts. A caring person saw Bender and thought it was odd he wasn't relocating himself after a pond retaining wall was damaged, causing the pond to completely drain. The other animals had left to find a new hang out, but Bender seemingly would not budge. He was mistaken for a federally protected species and the person did not want to touch him fearing it was illegal to touch him. After 5 days of Bender staying put, the Good ... (Read More)Samaritan contacted the Department of Wildlife who then contacted CMTR. Upon examination, it became evident Bender's survival is a miracle! He sustained injuries to his face causing blindness. He had made it to the pond and healed as best he could on his own. Help Bender find his 'happily ever after.' This guy is an overcomer and it's time to find him his own pond and an area to enjoy warming his face and thanking his new family for the good life. Adoption application available on our web site, www.centralmsturtlerescue.com (Less)

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Rescue Me ID: 17-11-30-00212Three Toed Box Turtle (female)

Reptile/Amphibian    Age: Adult


    Sweet Betsy is an adult female, 3 toed box turtle (Terrapene carolina major) who entered CMTR's care on 10/12/17. Besty was found by a Good Samaritan in the road after she had a traumatic encounter with a car. She sustained lacerations to both rear legs and her tail. She is healing well now and is available for adoption. Betsy has been displaced, meaning we don't know her home 'zone.' Since box turtles have an internal homing signal, they will spend their lives attempting to return to their home area, despite the distance or the perils. Therefore, when box turtles are displaced, the best option for their welfare is to adopt them to ... (Read More)qualified families. *Adoptable turtles can only be shipped during the winter months IF the weather is stable enough to ensure the welfare of our fosters. During winter, adopters ideally would be willing to pick up their new family member in Florence, MS (unless alternative arrangements are made with CMTR). Adoption application at www.centralmsturtlerescue.com Adopters are responsible for shipping costs. Any donation above the cost of shipping will be used for medical care and supplies for our fosters in our all-volunteer rescue. Please familiarize yourself with any required licenses/permits needed to own reptiles in your resident state. (Less)

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Central MS Turtle Rescue
PO Box 1374
Rankin County Florence, MS 39073 MAP IT!

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Rescue Me ID: 17-11-30-00180Easteren Box Turtle (male)

Reptile/Amphibian    Age: Adult


    Inglis is an adult male Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) who entered CMTR's care when his former owner thought Inglis was ill and asked CMTR to take him. He is having an ear abscess treated and once it is resolved, Inglis is ready for a new home. Please review the recommended care guidelines for Eastern box turtles: www.boxturtlefacts.org We would love to find an adopter willing to make a lifetime commitment to Inglis. While we do not charge a formal adoption fee, we do ask adoptive families to cover the costs of shipping for their new family member. Any amount donated over the cost of shipping is used to provide medical ... (Read More)care and purchase supplies for our fosters. We are an all-volunteer rescue with no paid employees and we foster the turtles/tortoises in private homes. Adoptable turtles can only be shipped during the winter months if weather conditions are stable enough to ensure the safety of our fosters. In the majority of cases during the winter, adopters MUST be willing to pick up their new family member in Florence, MS (unless alternative arrangements are made with CMTR). Adoption application available on our web site, www.centralmsturtlerescue.com Please familiarize yourself with any required permits/licenses necessary to own reptiles in your state of residence. (Less)

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Central MS Turtle Rescue
PO Box 1374
Rankin County Florence, MS 39073 MAP IT!

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Rescue Me ID: 17-11-27-00196Red Eared Slider (male)

Reptile/Amphibian    Age: Adult


    Crawly Species: Red Eared Slider (Trachemmys scripta elegans) Age: Adult Sex: Male Special Needs: None Care Sheet: http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/caresheet-red_ear_slider.htm Enclosure Size: Minimum 55 gallon aquarium Needs: PLEASE READ CARE SHEET ABOVE Life Expectancy: 30-40 years Crawly was bought as a pet, the size of a fifty-cent piece, 21 years ago. The owner's family situation has changed, and it is no longer possible for them to keep Crawly. His current owner describes him as 'He's wonderful. The only time he gets mad is when you mess with the filter on his tank and then he starts his hissing stuff. But he has ... (Read More)never tried to bite anyone and when we let him out to play he's super friendly.' Crawly is not currently at our facility, but we will help arrange adoption for him. If you are interested or want to know more about Crawly, we'd love to help find him a forever home. NOTES: We will ship turtles overnight, but shipping is at the expense of the adoptive family. Shipping is weather dependent; the welfare of the animals is our top priority. Please familiarize yourself with any state requirements pertaining to owning reptiles in your resident state. (Less)

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Central MS Turtle Rescue
PO Box 1374
Rankin County Florence, MS 39073 MAP IT!

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Rescue Me ID: 17-10-07-00203Gulf Coast Box Turtle (female)

Reptile/Amphibian    Age: Adult


    Lily Weight: 506 grams Special Needs: None Notes: Not appropriate for Lily to hibernate until 2018 Care Sheet: http://www.boxturtlefacts.org/ http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/cs-easternboxie.htm https://boxturtle.uncg.edu/educational_materials/infographics/ http://www.infoturtle.com/box-turtle-care/ NOTE: The care for an Eastern 'boxie' and a Gulf Coast box turtle are the same. Enclosure Size: Minimum size for an outdoor enclosure (ideal set up for Gulf Coast Box Turtles) for one adult is 4 feet by 4 feet. The enclosure must be escape proofed and predator proof. Life Expectancy: 80-100 years ***These turtles are rescues. We ... (Read More)GENERALLY DO NOT KNOW THE AGE OF OUR FOSTERS Suggested Adoption Donation: Adoptive family is responsible for shipping when applicable. We will ship turtles overnight unless weather conditions are prohibitive to the safety and comfort of our foster turtles. While we do not charge an adoption fee, any donation over the cost of shipping will contribute to offsetting vet care and other expenses associated with rehabilitating our charges. Lily came in with a respiratory infection and some old, healed shell damage. She's now healthy, but she is non-releasable due to displacement. Box turtles CANNOT be released in a 'random' location in the wild. Why? Because all box turtles have an internal 'homing signal.' Their true 'home range' is (on average) the size of a football field. If box turtles are released somewhere other than that specific area they will spend the rest of their life attempting to return to that location, despite the perils. Therefore, it is the safest option to adopt them to qualified homes when their point of origin is unknown. Please familiarize yourself with the laws and regulations of your resident state pertaining to the guardianship of reptiles. For example, many states require you possess a fishing license to have a reptile as a companion animal. (Less)

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Central MS Turtle Rescue
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Rankin County Florence, MS 39073 MAP IT!

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Rescue Me ID: 17-10-07-00199Gulf Coast Box Turtle (female)

Reptile/Amphibian    Age: Adult


    Puffy (aka Puff Momma) Gulf coast box turtle (Terrapene carolina major), adult, female, 882 grams. Care Guidelines: http://www.boxturtlefacts.org/ http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/cs-easternboxie.htm https://boxturtle.uncg.edu/educational_materials/infographics/ http://www.infoturtle.com/box-turtle-care/ NOTE: The care for an Eastern 'boxie' and a Gulf Coast box turtle are the same. Life Expectancy: 80-100 years ***These turtles are rescues. We GENERALLY DO NOT KNOW THE AGE OF OUR FOSTERS Suggested Adoption Donation: Adoptive family is responsible for shipping when applicable. We will ship turtles overnight unless ... (Read More)weather conditions are prohibitive to the safety and comfort of our foster turtles. While we do not charge an adoption fee, any donation over the cost of shipping will contribute to offsetting vet care and other expenses associated with rehabilitating our charges. Puffy entered our care on 7/8/17. Puff Momma was severely egg-bound, and her eggs had died inside her. Invasive surgery was performed to remove the eggs. She also reacted badly to anesthesia and almost died. She wears a patch at the surgical site that should be closely monitored. If the patch comes off, it should be replaced immediately. She can NEVER be allowed to breed. Should not hibernate until 2018 and then needs to be monitored. Box turtles CANNOT be released in a 'random' location in the wild. Why? Because all box turtles have an internal 'homing signal.' Their true 'home' is (on average) the size of a football field. If box turtles are released somewhere other than that specific area they will spend the rest of their life attempting to return to that location, despite the perils. Therefore, it is the safest option for their welfare to adopt them to qualified homes when their point of origin is unknown. NOTE: Please familiarize yourself with the laws and regulations of your resident state pertaining to the guardianship of reptiles. For example, many states require you possess a fishing license to have a reptile as a companion animal. (Less)

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Central MS Turtle Rescue
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Rankin County Florence, MS 39073 MAP IT!

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Rescue Me ID: 17-10-07-00196Red Eared Slider (male)

Reptile/Amphibian    Age: Adult


    Yoshi Life Expectancy: 45-60 years Minimum 30 gallon tank, larger preferred Care Guidelines: https://www.allturtles.com/red-eared-slider/ Suggested Adoption Donation: Adoptive family is responsible for shipping when applicable. We will ship turtles overnight unless weather conditions are prohibitive to the safety and comfort of our foster turtles. While we do not charge an adoption fee, any donation over the cost of shipping will contribute to offsetting vet care and other expenses associated with rehabilitating our charges. **Please familiarize yourself with the laws and regulations of your resident state pertaining to the ... (Read More)guardianship of reptiles. For example, many states require you possess a fishing license to have a reptile as a companion animal. Yoshi entered our care on 7/8/17. SCL ~4 inches. He is a petite fellow and fully grown. Yoshi was a pet for about 3 years. He is partially blind in one eye and has slight deformity to his shell. No special needs except extra monitoring due to his slight deficits. (Less)

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Central MS Turtle Rescue
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Rescue Me ID: 17-10-07-00190Gulf Coast Box Turtle (female)

Reptile/Amphibian    Age: Adult


    Traci **As of 11/30/17, Traci is PENDING ADOPTION We will update her status once her adoption is completed in case things don't work out. Weight: 719 grams Special Needs: None Notes: Not appropriate for Traci to hibernate Care Sheet: http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/cs-easternboxie.htm https://boxturtle.uncg.edu/educational_materials/infographics/ http://www.infoturtle.com/box-turtle-care/ NOTE: The care for an Eastern 'boxie' and a Gulf Coast box turtle are the same. Enclosure Size: Traci needs to reside indoors at this time. She MAY be able to live outdoors at some point in time if her shell heals more in the next few ... (Read More)months. Life Expectancy: 80-100 years ***These turtles are rescues. We GENERALLY DO NOT KNOW THE AGE OF OUR FOSTERS Suggested Adoption Donation: Adoptive family is responsible for shipping when applicable. We will ship turtles overnight unless weather conditions are prohibitive to the safety and comfort of our foster turtles. While we do not charge an adoption fee, any donation over the cost of shipping will contribute to offsetting vet care and other expenses associated with rehabilitating our charges. Traci entered our care on 7/8/17. Traci is missing her left front leg and has permanent damage to her plastron. If housed outside, she should be carefully monitored to make sure dirt doesn't get packed into her plastron cracks. Hibernation is not recommended. Box turtles CANNOT be released in a 'random' location in the wild. Why? Because all box turtles have an internal 'homing signal.' Their true 'home' is approximately the size of a football field. If box turtles are released somewhere other than that specific area they will spend the rest of their life attempting to return to that location, despite the perils. Therefore, it is the safest option to adopt them to qualified homes when their point of origin is unknown. Please familiarize yourself with the laws and regulations of your resident state pertaining to the guardianship of reptiles. For example, many states require you possess a fishing license to have a reptile as a companion animal. (Less)

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Central MS Turtle Rescue
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Rankin County Florence, MS 39073 MAP IT!

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Rescue Me ID: 17-10-07-00176Yellow Bellied Slider (male)

Reptile/Amphibian    Age: Adult


    Newbie Species: Yellow Bellied Slider (Trachemys scripta scripta) Special Needs: None Care Sheet: http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/cs-yellowbelly.htm Enclosure Size: Minimum 75 gallon tank or predator proof outdoor pond Needs: PLEASE READ CARE SHEET ABOVE Life Expectancy: 20-30 years ***These turtles are rescues. We GENERALLY DO NOT KNOW THE AGE OF OUR FOSTERS Suggested Adoption Donation: Adoptive family is responsible for shipping when applicable. We will ship turtles overnight unless weather conditions are prohibitive to the safety and comfort of our foster turtles. While we do not charge an adoption fee, any donation ... (Read More)over the cost of shipping will contribute to offsetting vet care and other expenses associated with rehabilitating our charges. Yellow bellied sliders are native to the coastal Piedmont area to northern Florida and the Panhandle. CMTR's primary objective is to rehabilitate injured/ill turtles/tortoises and return them to the wild. However, when an individual testudines have circumstances that prevent them from living safely in their native habitat, CMTR places them with qualified adoptive families. Newbie has been a pet his whole life. He's been with us since 2014 and would love to have a family to call his own! (Less)

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Rescue Me ID: 17-10-07-00169Three Toed Box Turtle (female)

Reptile/Amphibian    Age: Adult


    Luma Weight: 448 grams Special Needs: None Notes: Not appropriate for Luma to hibernate until 2018 Care Sheet: http://www.boxturtlefacts.org/ http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/cs-easternboxie.htm https://boxturtle.uncg.edu/educational_materials/infographics/ http://www.infoturtle.com/box-turtle-care/ NOTE: The care for an Eastern 'boxie' and a 3 toed box turtle are the same. Enclosure Size: Minimum size for an outdoor enclosure (ideal set up for Gulf Coast Box Turtles) for one adult is 4 feet by 4 feet. The enclosure must be escape proofed and predator proof. Please read the Care Sheet (link above) for specifics. Life ... (Read More)Expectancy: 80-100 years ***These turtles are rescues. We GENERALLY DO NOT KNOW THE AGE OF OUR FOSTERS Suggested Adoption Donation: Adoptive family is responsible for shipping when applicable. We will ship turtles overnight unless weather conditions are prohibitive to the safety and comfort of our foster turtles. While we do not charge an adoption fee, any donation over the cost of shipping will contribute to offsetting vet care and other expenses associated with rehabilitating our charges. Luma was transferred to the care of CMTR by another volunteer organization. She cannot be released back into the wild because her 'home zone' is not known (displacement). Box turtles CANNOT be released in a 'random' location in the wild. Why? Because all box turtles have an internal 'homing signal.' Their true 'home' is the size of a football field. If box turtles are released somewhere other than that specific area they will spend the rest of their life attempting to return to that location, despite the perils. Therefore, it is the safest option for their welfare to adopt them to qualified homes when their point of origin is unknown. Please familiarize yourself with the laws and regulations of your resident state pertaining to the guardianship of reptiles. For example, many states require you possess a fishing license to have a reptile as a companion animal. (Less)

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Rescue Me ID: 17-10-07-00166Snapping Turtle (female)

Reptile/Amphibian    Age: Baby


    Froggy - Common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina), adult, female, 1.577 kg, 8.5' SCL. Froggy suffered some type of trauma that took off most of her beak. Snappers are tough, and can do fine with deficits other turtles could not handle; however, we feel releasing her is not appropriate because we have no way of knowing how strong her beak is and she is relies on her beak to eat. Froggy will need a large tank temporarily, but will at some point outgrow any aquarium. Once full-grown, she will need a secure outdoor pond or stock tank which is escape-proof (snappers climb really well!). Should not hibernate in 2018. Hibernation ... (Read More)afterward should be carefully monitored. Care should be exercised if feeding hard foods. Occasional close-up examination of the beak should be performed, which may require anesthesia by a veterinarian. Froggy also has healed damage to her carapace. It should be monitored as she grows. For additional care guidelines, please see http://kennythelizardking.tripod.com/id9.html Suggested Adoption Donation: Adoptive family is responsible for shipping when applicable. We will ship turtles overnight unless weather conditions are prohibitive to the safety and comfort of our foster turtles. While we do not charge an adoption fee, any donation over the cost of shipping will contribute to offsetting vet care and other expenses associated with rehabilitating our charges. Please familiarize yourself with the laws and regulations of your resident state pertaining to the guardianship of reptiles. For example, many states require you possess a fishing license to have a reptile as a companion animal. (Less)

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Central MS Turtle Rescue
PO Box 1374
Rankin County Florence, MS 39073 MAP IT!

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Rescue Me ID: 17-10-07-00157Gulf Coast Box Turtle (female)

Reptile/Amphibian    Age: Adult


    Flower Special Needs: Monitor for reoccurrence of prolapse, not safe to be bred Notes: Not appropriate for Flower to hibernate until 2018 Care Sheet: http://boxturtlefacts.org http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/cs-easternboxie.htm https://boxturtle.uncg.edu/educational_materials/infographics/ http://www.infoturtle.com/box-turtle-care/ NOTE: The care for an Eastern 'boxie' and a Gulf Coast box turtle are the same. Enclosure Size: Minimum size for an outdoor enclosure (ideal set up for Gulf Coast Box Turtles) for one adult is 4 feet by 4 feet. The enclosure must be escape proofed and predator proof. Please read the Care Sheet ... (Read More)(link above) for specifics. Life Expectancy: 80-100 years ***These turtles are rescues. We GENERALLY DO NOT KNOW THE AGE OF OUR FOSTERS Suggested Adoption Donation: Adoptive family is responsible for shipping when applicable. We will ship turtles overnight unless weather conditions are prohibitive to the safety and comfort of our foster turtles. While we do not charge an adoption fee, any donation over the cost of shipping will contribute to offsetting vet care and other expenses associated with rehabilitating our charges. We took Flower in as a winter refugee from another MS based rescue last year. We spent all winter back and forth at the vet, trying to repair her repeating prolapses. Her cloaca muscles had weakened so much that she literally could not keep her insides inside. Our vet's surgical efforts were successful and we are thrilled to announce Flower is healed! Box turtles CANNOT be released in a 'random' location in the wild. Why? Because all box turtles have an internal 'homing signal.' Their true 'home' is the size of a football field. If box turtles are released somewhere other than that specific area they will spend the rest of their life attempting to return to that location, despite the perils. Therefore, it is the safest option for their welfare to adopt them to qualified homes when their point of origin is unknown. *Please familiarize yourself with the laws and regulations of your resident state pertaining to the guardianship of reptiles. For example, many states require you possess a fishing license to have a reptile as a companion animal. (Less)

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Rescue Me ID: 17-10-07-00111River Cooter (female)

Reptile/Amphibian    Age: Adult


    Cavern - River cooter (Pseudemys concinna), adult, female. Cavern entered CMTR's care on 07/12/17. SCL ~14 inches. Cavern was struck (probably by a boat propeller), causing a very large hole in her carapace, directly over her lung. When her lung deflates, the hole is about 3' deep. The skin covering the lung is healed, but will never be as strong as shell. Cavern will need a very large tank or backyard pond that is escape-proof and protected from predators. Before she is rehomed, a patch will be put over the hole in her shell, but this patch will not be permanent. Adopter agrees to monitor the patch and have the patch replaced as ... (Read More)needed. No special needs other than patch maintenance. For additional care guidelines see http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/Turtles-Tortoises/Turtle-Care/Cooter-Turtles/ Suggested Adoption Donation: Adoptive family is responsible for shipping when applicable. We will ship turtles overnight unless weather conditions are prohibitive to the safety and comfort of our foster turtles. While we do not charge an adoption fee, any donation over the cost of shipping will contribute to offsetting vet care and other expenses associated with rehabilitating our charges. Please familiarize yourself with the laws and regulations of your resident state pertaining to the guardianship of reptiles. For example, many states require you possess a fishing license to have a reptile as a companion animal. (Less)

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Central MS Turtle Rescue
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Rescue Me ID: 17-10-07-00075Gulf Coast Box Turtle (male)

Reptile/Amphibian    Age: Adult


    Blue NOTE: BLUE IS PENDING ADOPTION His status will be updated once his adoption is finalized THANK YOU! Weight: 132 grams Special Needs: None Notes: Not appropriate for Blue to hibernate until 2018 Care Sheet: http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/cs-easternboxie.htm https://boxturtle.uncg.edu/educational_materials/infographics/ http://www.infoturtle.com/box-turtle-care/ NOTE: The care for an Eastern 'boxie' and a Gulf Coast box turtle are the same. Should NOT hibernate in 2017. Enclosure Size: Minimum size for an outdoor enclosure (ideal set up for Gulf Coast Box Turtles) for one adult is 4 feet by 4 feet. The enclosure must be ... (Read More)escape proofed and predator proof. Please read the Care Sheet (link above) for specifics. Needs: PLEASE READ CARE SHEET ABOVE Life Expectancy: 80-100 years ***These turtles are rescues. We GENERALLY DO NOT KNOW THE AGE OF OUR FOSTERS Suggested Adoption Donation: Adoptive family is responsible for shipping when applicable. We will ship turtles overnight unless weather conditions are prohibitive to the safety and comfort of our foster turtles. While we do not charge an adoption fee, any donation over the cost of shipping will contribute to offsetting vet care and other expenses associated with rehabilitating our charges. Bot entered our care on 8/22/17. Bot had an infestation of bot flies. CMTR treated him but we believe the infection caused nerve damage to his rear right leg. He has intermittent difficulty using that leg, therefore, he does need a 'user friendly' enclosure with items easy for him to navigate and friendly shelled friends! Box turtles CANNOT be released in a 'random' location in the wild. Why? Because all box turtles have an internal 'homing signal.' Their true 'home' is the size of a football field. If box turtles are released somewhere other than that specific area they will spend the rest of their life attempting to return to that location, despite the perils. Therefore, it is the safest option for their welfare to adopt them to qualified homes when their point of origin is unknown. **Please familiarize yourself with the laws and regulations of your resident state pertaining to the guardianship of reptiles. For example, many states require you possess a fishing license to have a reptile as a companion animal. (Less)

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Rescue Me ID: 17-10-07-00070Gulf Coast Box Turtle (male)

Reptile/Amphibian    Age: Young Adult


    Bee Species: Gulf Coast Box Turtle (Terrapene Carolina Major) Weight:295 grams Care Sheet: http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/cs-easternboxie.htm https://boxturtle.uncg.edu/educational_materials/infographics/ http://www.infoturtle.com/box-turtle-care/ NOTE: The care for an Eastern 'boxie' and a Gulf Coast box turtle are the same. Enclosure Size: Minimum size for an outdoor enclosure (ideal set up for Gulf Coast Box Turtles) for one adult is 4 feet by 4 feet. The enclosure must be escape proofed and predator proof. Life Expectancy: 80-100 years ***These turtles are rescues. We GENERALLY DO NOT KNOW THE AGE OF OUR FOSTERS ... (Read More)Suggested Adoption Donation: Adoptive family is responsible for shipping when applicable. We will ship turtles overnight unless weather conditions are prohibitive to the safety and comfort of our foster turtles. While we do not charge an adoption fee, any donation over the cost of shipping will contribute to offsetting vet care and other expenses associated with rehabilitating our charges. Bee entered our care on 7/8/17. He was hit by a car causing injury to his carapace and bridge. Unfortunately, his shell did not heal properly. Special considerations include monitoring the shell pieces for any movement or breakage. Care is recommended when keeping with any other turtle due to his shell damage. He's at a slight disadvantage if there were an aggression issue. Should not hibernate until 2018, and then should be closely monitored during hibernation. Please familiarize yourself with the laws and regulations of your resident state pertaining to the guardianship of reptiles. For example, many states require you possess a fishing license to have a reptile as a companion animal. (Less)

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Rescue Me ID: 17-09-07-00365Three Toed Box Turtle (male)

Reptile/Amphibian    Age: Adult


    Toggam NOTE: Toggam is PENDING ADOPTION We will update his status once his adoption is finalized in the event something falls through... Species: Gulf Coast Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina major) Age: Juvenile Sex: Too young to tell Weight: 59 grams Special Needs: None Care Sheet: http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/cs-easternboxie.htm Enclosure Size: 4 X 4 foot predator-proof enclosure, outdoor preferred Needs: PLEASE READ CARE SHEET ABOVE Life Expectancy: 80-100 years ***These turtles are rescues. We GENERALLY DO NOT KNOW THE AGE OF OUR FOSTERS Suggested Adoption Donation: The Central MS Turtle Rescue is a ... (Read More)non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of native wild turtles in Mississippi. Turtles are placed for adoption only when circumstances prohibit their return to the wild. We do not charge an adoption fee; however, any donation toward the care we've provided to this turtle, as well as the hundreds of other turtles we help, is always welcome and appreciated(adoptive family is responsible for shipping when applicable). Toggam was transferred to the care of CMTR by another volunteer organization on 08/22/17. Poor Toggam was playing a most reluctant host to some uninvited guests-maggots. Thankfully, the unwanted bot flies are gone and Toggam is ready to enjoy life with his forever family! Box turtles CANNOT be released in a 'random' location in the wild. Why? Because all box turtles have an internal 'homing signal.' Their true 'home' is the size of a football field. If box turtles are released somewhere other than that specific area they will spend the rest of their life attempting to return to that location, despite the perils. Therefore, for box turtles who have been displaced, it is the safest option to adopt them to qualified families when their point of origin is unknown. NOTE: Please verify laws and regulations in your resident state pertaining to the guardianship of reptiles. MS residents MUST have a 'small game and freshwater fishing' license available at: https://www.ms.gov/mdwfp/hunting_fishing/ (Less)

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Rescue Me ID: 17-09-07-00362Red Eared Slider (male)

Reptile/Amphibian    Age: Adult


    Scarface Species: Red Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) Age: Adult Sex: Male Special Needs: Blind in left eye and deformed jaw. Requires monitoring of food intake and secure habitat. Care Sheet: http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/caresheet-red_ear_slider.htm Enclosure Size: Minimum 75 gallon tank or predator proof outdoor pond Life Expectancy: 20-30 years ***These turtles are rescues. We GENERALLY DO NOT KNOW THE AGE OF OUR FOSTERS Suggested Adoption Donation: Central MS Turtle Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of native wild turtles in Mississippi. Turtles are placed ... (Read More)for adoption only when circumstances prohibit their return to the wild. We do not charge an adoption fee; however, any donation toward the care we've provided to this turtle, as well as the hundreds of other turtles we help, is always welcome and appreciated. *Adoptive family is responsible for shipping when applicable. Shipping is overnight and weather permitting. S Scarface was part of the 2015 Crossgates Lake Cooperative Rescue Effort. The development's lake was drained without considering the wildlife inhabitants. CMTR volunteers rushed to the scene in an effort to save over 300 turtles literally incinerating in the sun. During Scarface's vet exam, it became evident someone had ripped a fishing hook out of his mouth, damaging his ear, nasal passage, and mouth. Scarface has endured some hardships, like his namesake. But, hale and hearty, he hasn't let that fishing hook slow him down! His ideal family will be willing to monitor his food intake to ensure his welfare! When he's not hanging out in his tank, you might find him holding court at his favorite local watering hole! Note: Please verify the laws and regulations in your resident state pertaining to the guardianship of reptiles. (Less)

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Rescue Me ID: 17-09-07-00358Gulf Coast Box Turtle (female)

Reptile/Amphibian    Age: Adult


    Nellie Species: Gulf Coast Box Turtle (Terrapene Carolina Major) Age: Adult Sex: Female Special Needs: Blind, must remain indoors Care Sheet: http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/cs-easternboxie.htm NOTE: The care for an Eastern 'boxie' and a Gulf Coast box turtle are the same. Please read the Care Sheet (link above) for specifics. Life Expectancy: 80-100 years ***These turtles are rescues. We GENERALLY DO NOT KNOW THE AGE OF OUR FOSTERS Suggested Adoption Donation: Central MS Turtle Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of native wild turtles in Mississippi. Turtles are ... (Read More)placed for adoption only when circumstances prohibit their return to the wild. We do not charge an adoption fee; however, any donation toward the care we've provided to this turtle, as well as the hundreds of other turtles we help, is always welcome and appreciated. *Adoptive family is responsible for shipping when applicable. Shipping is overnight and weather permitting Nellie was transferred to the care of CMTR by another volunteer organization. Box turtles CANNOT be released in a 'random' location in the wild. Why? Because all box turtles have a internal 'homing signal.' Their true 'home' is the size of a football field. If box turtles are released somewhere other than that specific area they will spend the rest of their life attempting to return to that location, despite the perils. Therefore, for displaced box turtles it is the safest option to adopt them to qualified families when their point of origin is unknown. Please verify laws and regulations in your resident state pertaining to the guardianship of reptiles. (Less)

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Rescue Me ID: 17-09-07-00355Three Toed Box Turtle (male)

Reptile/Amphibian    Age: Adult


    Mr. Shelley Species: Three Toed Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina triunguis) Age: Adult Sex: Male Special Needs: None Care Sheet: http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/cs-easternboxie.htm Enclosure Size: 4 X 4 foot predator-proof enclosure, outdoor preferred Needs: PLEASE READ CARE SHEET ABOVE Life Expectancy: 80-100 years ***These turtles are rescues. We GENERALLY DO NOT KNOW THE AGE OF OUR FOSTERS Suggested Adoption Donation: Central MS Turtle Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of native wild turtles in Mississippi. Turtles are placed for adoption only when circumstances prohibit their ... (Read More)return to the wild.%BD%BD%BD%A0 We do not charge an adoption fee; however, any donation toward the care we've provided to this turtle, as well as the hundreds of other turtles we help, is always welcome and appreciated.%BD%BD%BD%A0 *Adoptive family is responsible for shipping when applicable Mr. Shelley was found by a Good Samaritan as a hatchling. Not realizing the best thing to do would be to move him to a safe location in the area, the Good Samaritan took in Mr. Shelley. A human with a huge heart, and how many people would know what to do with a baby turtle except take it home?! That's part of our mission! To educate animal lovers on the appropriate steps to take if they find a turtle/tortoise. Well-meaning, they kept sweet Mr. S. as a pet, but can no longer care for him. Because he was a pet, we know he is approximately 7 years old. Mr. Shelley cannot be released in the wild for two primary reasons: 1) Humans have handled him frequently over time. Therefore he could carry bacteria and other pathogens that are potentially fatal to wild turtles. 2) He now relies on humans as a food source and doesn't have a healthy sense of 'stranger danger' that a wild turtle would of humans. Therefore, it is unsafe to return him to his natural habitat because he has been a domesticated pet for too long now. Please verify laws and regulations in your resident state pertaining to guardianship of reptiles. (Less)

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Rescue Me ID: 17-09-07-00342Red Eared Slider (male)

Reptile/Amphibian    Age: Adult


    Flip Species: Red Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) Age: Adult Sex: Male Special Needs: Blind in left eye Care Sheet: http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/caresheet-red_ear_slider.htm Enclosure Size: Minimum 75 gallon tank or predator proof outdoor pond Life Expectancy: 20-30 years ***These turtles are rescues. We GENERALLY DO NOT KNOW THE AGE OF OUR FOSTERS Suggested Adoption Donation: Central MS Turtle Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of native wild turtles in Mississippi. Turtles are placed for adoption only when circumstances prohibit their return to the wild. ... (Read More)We do not charge an adoption fee; however, any donation toward the care we've provided to this turtle, as well as the hundreds of other turtles we help, is always welcome and appreciated. *Adoptive family is responsible for shipping when applicable. Shipping is overnight and weather permitting. Flip was most likely a former pet that someone released into the wild. Red eared sliders can do tremendous damage to the environment and out-compete native turtles for food and basking space. Flip sustained trauma after being hit by a car, leaving him upside down in the road! Flip has some pirate in his family tree, seeing only out of his right eye after some harrowing adventures! He also has some residual damage to his left lung which causes him to list to the left in the water. HE REQUIRES NO SPECIALIZED CARE but due to his permanent lung damage, combined with blindness in his left eye, release is not recommended. He needs to be with a family who can monitor his well-being. Please verify laws and regulations in your resident state pertaining to the guardianship of reptiles. (Less)

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PIease Read Before Adopting Reptiles & More in Mississippi
    Reptiles & More can make good pets in Mississippi if they match your IifestyIe. Reptiles are interesting animals. Many types of reptiles and amphibians are kept as exotic pets. Snakes, turtles, iguanas, and frogs are popular examples. Keeping a reptile as a pet is a tremendous responsibility. Many reptile owners discover that owning a reptile is not as rewarding as they had hoped. Reptiles do not bond with people the way mammals can, and are sometimes neglected for that reason. Also, many people purchase young, small reptiles without being aware of or prepared for their eventual adult size. For example, Burmese Pythons are often bought as pets when they are about two feet long. However, many do not realize that Burmese Pythons are among the largest snakes in the world, with adults averaging 23 feet in length and weighing hundreds of pounds! There is now an established invasive population of Burmese Pythons in Florida due to pet owners releasing the snakes into the wild. Scientists believe these huge snakes will keep spreading out and will one day inhabit one third of the United States! Some owners are not prepared for the long lifespan of a pet reptile. Some species of turtles are known for their extreme longevity. Iguanas can grow to be six feet long and then live for 20 years. Sadly, many captive reptiles suffer from dehydration and kidney problems, poor nutrition, and all other manner of neglect. A person who is truly ready to commit to a reptile pet can alleviate some suffering by adopting an animal rather than purchasing new.

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    The word Reptile comes from the Latin Repere, which means to creep. In the Florida Everglades, there are over 20,000 non-native reptiles such as Burmese Pythons due to people releasing reptile pets into the wild. Some kinds of turtles can live to be over 100 years old. The largest Burmese Python in captivity weighs over 400 pounds and is about 27 feet long.

Related pages:

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Mississippi Animal Rescue
(Sorted by Zip Code.)

Marshall County - Holly Springs, Mississippi 38635
Marshall County Humane Society 662-252-6196

Alcorn County - Corinth, MS 38834
The Corinth - Alcorn County Humane Society 662-284-9787

Hinds County - Jackson, MS 39204
Mississippi Animal Rescue League 601-969-1631

Pearl River County - Picayune, MS 39466
Pearl River County SPCA 601-798-8000

Harrison County - Gulfport, MS 39501
Humane Society of South Mississippi 228-863-4394

Oktibbeha County - Starkville, Mississippi 39760
Oktibbeha County Humane Society 662-252-6196

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