|Pokey peeking out from the newspapers she's hiding under.|
There were no more signs of larvae today, so continued with cleaning the wounded areas and piecing the shell back together. Pokie was resting when we left here today.
|The back side of Lizzy. She likes Max's old hidey-hut.|
Lizzy had a good day today as well. We cleaned her up a bit with a soft toothbrush to removed some of the skin layers that had been accumulating. Turtles living in aquatic environments often have other organisms that help to keep their shell clean and any dead skin sloughed off. We also noticed that Lizzy hasn't been using her right hind leg, so we started doing physical therapy with her today to help keep the leg active and usable. She was full of spite and vinegar when we were through, though really patient during the process. Again, we like to see attitude in these guys; it means they still have the will to fight and to show us who's boss. We let Lizzy think we scared.
|Bailey back in her cage.|
Bailey is doing well too. Her leg stump looks like it is healing nicely. She's drinking plenty of water and we're trying to find something that will whet her appetite. Injured turtles often don't eat for a while after a serious injury. They use their body fat for food and concentrate their energies on healing from their wounds.
|Max heading back home.|