X-ray shows 11 eggs inside injured turtle rescued by WIRES

The rainy weather is upon us across much of NSW and with that extra moisture, it means turtles are on the move.

Turtles often leave the safety of their current watering holes and wander on land, looking for new water sources. At this time of year their nesting sites are in the softer ground.

Whilst on the move, they inadvertently cross roads and this is when they are most likely to encounter vehicles and become victims.

The injured turtle on the way to the vet. Photo: Sandy Collins.

The injured turtle on the way to the vet. Photo: Sandy Collins.

The most common problem encountered with rescued injured wild turtles is a shell injury.

Shell injuries can be complicated and mean the turtle can be in care for 1-2 years.

But luckily for local Eurobodalla turtles, the Mid-South coast WIRES branch has some awesome vets willing to help out.

Turtles often leave the safety of their current watering holes and wander on land, looking for new water sources.

Recently, the branch experienced a spate of turtle road victim rescues due to the wet weather.

One particular turtle came from Surfside and upon X-ray to see the extent of her shell injury it was discovered she had 11 eggs inside her.

Luckily the shell wasn't too badly damaged and the staff at Casey's Beach vet were able to repair it.

Now this lucky girl will be in care with reptile coordinator Kay for 6-12 months depending on the rate of healing.

An Xray of the turtle shows the extent of the crack but also the 11 eggs waiting to be laid. Photo: Casey's Beach Vet Clinic.

An Xray of the turtle shows the extent of the crack but also the 11 eggs waiting to be laid. Photo: Casey's Beach Vet Clinic.

Whilst in care, the turtle will lay her eggs and these will be artificially incubated for 2-3 months by WIRES members who have an amazing success rate.

November was Turtle Month and WIRES announced it will be supporting more projects to address the vital conservation of endangered turtle species including partnering with Western Sydney University (and a grant of $175,000 )for a new project to Future Proof Freshwater Turtle Populations, as part of the 1 Million Turtles Community Conservation Program.

If you see a turtle crossing the road please stop and escort it across the road to the side it was heading.

If you see a turtle injured on the side of the road please stop and contain the animal. Then call WIRES rescue line on 1300094737.

The shell after being repaired. You can see the wire that holds the crack together for mending. Photo: Kay Mallitt.

The shell after being repaired. You can see the wire that holds the crack together for mending. Photo: Kay Mallitt.

This story X-ray shows 11 eggs inside injured turtle rescued by WIRES first appeared on Bay Post-Moruya Examiner.