A center for the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission opened in Florida last November. They planned on helping sea turtles in distress. To help them and release them into the wild again.
The center thought they would only be helping a few turtles. Little did they realize that the frigid temperatures that would invade Florida this winter would give them so many residents that they are over flowing with turtles.
A turtle is a cold blooded animal. It likes the warm waters and temperatures. When the temperature gets to cold, a turtle’s core temperature will drop and it will become groggy. Once this happens, the turtle will most likely die.
There were 34 turtles living at the center as of last Friday.
Another center has also received a larger amount of turtles then usual. They have reported 8 resident turtles and as many as 300 are being treated in other centers across the state.
The turtles will each be checked out by doctors. They get many different types of test run on them. Once they are done with the testing, they are given medication and can stay at the center till they are better. Length of stays can be as few as 2 weeks or as many as 6 or 8 weeks.
If a turtle is in the center for being too cold, they are usually placed in tepid water for around 2 weeks then they are released back into the wild.