Species: Diamond Back Terrapins ~ FYI - DNR knows I have these turtles
Size: Malcolm (Left on picture) 6â€
Rocky (Right on picture) 8â€
I did not find these turtles, they found me. I manage a small marina on Kent Island, and my
office is on the water. On a very cold day late in October 2012, Rocky came floating by on her
back flailing her arms and legs frantically. We picked her up and brought her inside, she was the
size of a .50 cent piece. Knowing they were calling for a frost that night, I thought I would keep
her inside with me until spring, and let her go. After lots of research, and asking questions, I
was told she had lost her instinct to hibernate since she didnâ€™t do it the first year of her life, and
would freeze to death.
In the spring of 2013 ~ May 1st to be exact. One of the technicians that works at the marina
found, Malcolm in the shop all covered in fiberglass and looking very sickly. He brought her to
me, once I got her hydrated and seeming to be on the road to recovery; I noticed that her left
arm seemed to be deformed, it was as if it was stuck under her shell, I very gently pulled it out
with my fingernail to see if it was a deformity or what ~ somehow it is dislocated from her
shoulder but grew like the rest of her appendages. When she is outside, she drags it along to
walk, (notice the blister in the picture) in the water, it doesnâ€™t seem to hinder her at all.
Rocky and Malcolm are currently in a 55 gallon long tank. And like the other 3 tanks, they have
outgrown it. They have a basking area, a UVB light and a heat lamp (on for 8 hours a
day).They have been fed a diet of Tetraâ€™s ReptoMin aquatic turtle food, dried red shrimp,
cucumber and lettuce and a few feeder fish every now and then.
The only medical issue I am aware of is, Malcolmâ€™s gimp left arm.
I would like to find a home for these two together, and if at all possible, the opportunity to visit
them. If it were not for this office being on the water and restricting me weight wise ~