Monday, September 17, 2012
Ali our Western Painted Turtle that we were given in May. Both he and his cage got a makeover.
We received Ali from Pacific Science Center’s Mercer Slough education program several months ago. Ali had been donated to them recently but they had no educational programing for him so they gave him to us! Between moving three times and having many people take care of him, he had some health problems. His shell was faded and not the right shape, so we scheduled a vet appointment for him. After examining the turtle, Dr. Maas started scraping Ali's shell and pieces started coming off onto the floor.
I added a background, a water plant, flat rocks, an extra inch or two of water depth, and a lot of pebbles. Our turtle is like a toddler in that if given the option, he will eat and choke on anything he can put in his mouth, so we had to make sure everything we put in the cage was too big for Ali to eat.
I hope you come by to see Ali and his new cage!
Chloe, Animal Care Intern
Want to learn more about how you can help protect endangered turtle species? Woodland Park Zoo runs a program designed to protect the even more threatened Western Pond Turtle, which is endangered in all of Washington State. Visit their website to find out how you can help!
Posted by Terry at 5:24 PM