The Sea Turtle Healing Center cares for sick or injured sea turtles found primarily along the nearby Florida coast. While this facility is not open to the public, the effects of its work impact local sea turtle populations. An in-county facility means a shorter drive for patients, resulting in less stress and quicker treatment for distressed turtles.
Date admitted: December 3, 2021
Stranding location: Fort Castillo de San Marcos
Admission notes: This juvenile green sea turtle was found stranded at Fort Castillo de San Marcos on December 3. Upon arrival, Snuggles was lethargic and thin with a moderate amount of FP tumors. A CT scan is scheduled to check for internal FP.
February 22, 2022: Snuggles was transferred to The Turtle Hospital in Marathon at the request of FWC to make room for local stranded turtles.
February 7, 2022: Snuggles continued to be a great eater, so their e-tube was removed! They have developed a little bit of an attitude with their newly regained strength and will often try to bite staff during treatments. Again, we would rather see sassy over sickly! They are scheduled for their monthly CT scan to monitor their lung nodules.
January 17, 2022: After a couple of weeks in their kiddie pool, Snuggles gained enough strength to tackle a full pool. They were getting restless in the small pool, which indicated to staff that they were ready for the next step! This sea turtle continues to eat a ton. We aren’t sure where all of the food goes in the five-pound sea turtle! Luckily, we are finally starting to see some weight gain. Their most recent blood chemistries were slightly concerning, showing possible GI problems. We have not needed to use their e-tube during feeding, but we do use it to administer the medications to help with their GI concerns.
December 30, 2021: Snuggles’ CT scan showed a couple of very small lung nodules. We will do serial CT scans on this sea turtle to watch for any progression of these nodules. This patient is very thin, but wants to eat on their own. Unfortunately, they are a picky eater and not eating enough so we decided to place an e-tube to help this turtle gain some much needed weight. Their appetite is only improving since placing the tube so we are hopeful we will have to use it less and less. Snuggles is in a kiddie pool because they are still quite weak, but we let them stretch out their flippers for a little each day. The kiddie pool also helps them from expending too many calories, since they are only intaking so little.
Have you found a sea turtle that needs help? Visit this page or call the Sea Turtle Preservation Society at 321-206-0646.