This week’s patients are 11 turtle hatchlings. The mother of the hatchlings was admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital due to injuries she sustained from a vehicle hit.
The mother turtle received treatment to repair her shell fractures and X rays revealed that the female turtle was gravid meaning she was carrying eggs. Due to the stress of her ordeal the mother was not laying so she was given a special drug that would induce laying of the eggs. Fortunately the mother turtle made a full recovery and was released around one month before the babies hatched.
The 11 eggs were laid and incubated at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital where they all hatched around four months later. These cute little guys were all released together in waterways nearby.
Gravid female turtles have a high incidence of being hit by cars as they leave their own waterway when they are ready to lay their eggs in search of a separate waterway for the babies to hatch in. It is believed that this behaviour occurs in order to prevent the young males mating with the female mother once they are mature.
You can help patients like these little hatchlings by donating to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation here.
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