Creating Summer—Tips on Overwintering Turtles


  • Harriet Forrester Turtle Rescue of New Jersey



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As autumn approaches, wildlife rehabilitators must make decisions concerning their turtle patients. All chelonians (turtles and tortoises) take a longer time to heal than birds and mammals, and many will need to remain in captivity over the winter to allow time to completely recover. Sick or injured turtles must not be hibernated during the overwintering process. They must be kept warm and active, and continue to receive optimum nutrition. The following are some techniques used by Turtle Rescue of New Jersey (TRONJ) to convince turtles that summer is endless.


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Author Biography

Harriet Forrester, Turtle Rescue of New Jersey

Harriet Forrester is a New Jersey state licensed wildlife rehabilitator and the founder of Turtle Rescue of New Jersey.


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How to Cite

Forrester, H. (2006). Creating Summer—Tips on Overwintering Turtles. Wildlife Rehabilitation Bulletin, 24(2), 14–18.



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