Sugar

Date found: May 2015

Weight by month

October 2015 March 2016 May 2016 June 2016 July 2016
9 grams 40 grams 46 grams 46 grams 53 grams
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Sugar was the turtle that almost didn’t make it. With swollen eyes and a soft shell, this baby was dehydrated and malnourished when it was found. Thankfully, with several vitamin baths, calcium supplements, and a steady diet of chopped earthworms, Sugar began to regain its strength. Now, it is one of the strongest eaters out of all the babies, with clear eyes and a sturdy shell. Many people see a baby turtle and instantly want it for a pet, but box turtles are lots of work! Do you want to spend a half hour each night chopping up all sorts of food (dandelion greens, crickets, earthworms, fruits, mushrooms) and making sure that the turtle eats it? While it is true that many baby turtles do not survive their first year, and Sugar was saved from certain death, we plan to release it when it gets big enough (as long as it is a pure Eastern box turtle, that is…). We hope to check Sugar’s microsatellites in 2016, so stay tuned!