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Sheldon

Sheldon

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Photos & text courtesy of the California Turtle & Tortoise Club (CTTC): Valley Chapter

Last spring, Sheldon was found wandering in Topanga State Park by one of the employees, and turned in to Agoura Shelter. They contact the Valley Chapter when desert tortoises come in, and release them to the club for treatment and rehabilitation if needed. The club will also place these foundlings into a loving home, or return them to their original caretakers if those persons are located. Shelter personnel noticed Sheldon's beak, and had him examined by their vet. The vet trimmed the lower left portion, which had grown up over the upper portion, the opposite of how the beak is situated, a deformity that needs to be watched to make sure it doesn’t interfere with his eating. Without constant vigiliance and without trimming by a veterinarian whenever needed, a point might be reached at which Sheldon would no longer be able to eat.

He's a very friendly tortoise. In particular, he really likes to have his neck rubbed. But anyone adopting him would need to be willing to take him to a reptile vet for his beak problem at regular intervals throughout his life.

Sheldon

Sheldon

Sheldon

Click on the image above to view the slide show.

Photos & Text courtesy of the California Turtle & Tortoise Club (CTTC): Valley Chapter

Photos & Text courtesy of the California Turtle & Tortoise Club (CTTC): Valley Chapter

Last spring, Sheldon was found wandering in Topanga State Park by one of the employees, and turned in to Agoura Shelter. They contact the Valley Chapter when desert tortoises come in, and release them to the club for treatment and rehabilitation if needed. The club will also place these foundlings into a loving home, or return them to their original caretakers if those persons are located. Shelter personnel noticed Sheldon's beak, and had him examined by their vet. The vet trimmed the lower left portion, which had grown up over the upper portion, the opposite of how the beak is situated, a deformity that needs to be watched to make sure it doesn’t interfere with his eating. Without constant vigiliance and without trimming by a veterinarian whenever needed, a point might be reached at which Sheldon would no longer be able to eat.

He's a very friendly tortoise. In particular, he really likes to have his neck rubbed. But anyone adopting him would need to be willing to take him to a reptile vet for his beak problem at regular intervals throughout his life.

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