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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-27-2013, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Premature painted turtle! Help needed!

Today, we dug up some painted turtle eggs because a painted turtle usually lays eggs every year on our lawn and the babies are never able to dig themselves out of the ground. So while doing so... one of the eggs got squished and the baby turtle came out with its egg sack still fully there. It's shell is slightly soft and the turtle is a dark green color. The baby is still attached to the egg sack and it's responding and moving around a little bit while still attached. Part of the egg shell is still on the egg sack. I put him on top of moist moss in a plastic container and i'm trying to keep him moist and warm. I'm not sure what else to do and I need some tips and advice of what to do with this situation. Please respond as quickly as possible because I want this little guy to survive! Thanks.
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If he's still got the egg sack, he shouldn't need any food until it's gone... Once it's gone I'm guessing he'd want some small worms or bugs, something moving.
I'm not really sure other than that. I'd keep the pastic container moist and warm, and avoid touching it as little as possible.
I hope the little guy makes it.
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Thank you for responding.

The baby isn't really moving that much but has been opening his mouth now and then. Is this normal?

Also I'm not heating the container at all but just leaving it at room temperature which is like 70 at night and 80 during the day with plastic rap over the top to keep the moister in. Is this alright or am I doing something wrong?
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I think you are doing everything right. I would be more worried if it was winter but those temps are good for now. It would likely even been cooler underground but you can only do what you can do. Olympia is right I think in that it will absorb its yolk sack until it's ready to do without and "be born".
Nature will take its course and you must be prepared for either outcome.... but I DO wish you the best and hope that this time protected from the elements will do what is needed for a good outcome. Please keep us posted!!

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Will do!
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The baby turtle isn't moving at all but just sitting their with its eyes closed. He opens his mouth once in awhile does this mean he's just eating the egg sac? Also the egg sac looks like the yolk of an egg but its still attached. It's not a ball underneath his shell. Is this alright? Or does it mean he's way too young?
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Well... the shell got squished you said... and the turtle was "hatched" too early? So technically it isn't/shouldn't be breathing air yet. It is attached to it's yolk sack just as if it was feeding and maturing inside its shell. (only without the shell). Right?
This maturing process may not happen with out a shell. I can't answer that.... but logic to me says that the maturing process that would have happened inside the shell needs to continue until it is ready to "do without" yolk and shell. (Just like a bird)

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How long should it take until he's done feeding off his egg sac?
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The baby is still alive but some mold spores grew on his back and egg shell so we took them off. Will he/she be ok?
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I honestly don't know... I've only ever owned hatchlings from the store. Sorry.

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