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I picked up a turtle about to cross a busy road headed toward  woods. I sat him down in another set of woods a couple of houses down from where he was headed. now I wonder about the different location. was that alright for him?

just an animal lover

Hi Gaye,

I think it was probably fine.  It sounds like it was more or less the same vicinity.  Turtles can be fairly territorial (box turtles in particular), but they also have a good homing sense, so if it was the same general area it should be able to return to its home territory even if you put it a little outside that.  Thanks for doing a good deed and helping a turtle out!


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Questions regarding husbandry of Russian tortoises and other Mediterranean species, sulcata, and redfoot tortoises; general tortoise and turtle care; box turtle care. If I can't answer a specific question, I can provide sources for further research. Disclaimer: My advice is not a substitute for vet care. If I think your tortoise/turtle has a specific medical condition or injury that warrants a vet visit, I'll tell you so, and if possible I'll help you locate a vet. It is neither legal nor ethical for me to provide veterinary advice.


I have kept and bred Russian tortoises for over ten years and have other Mediterranean species plus redfoots and box turtles. I've worked with other tortoise and turtle species while doing volunteer rescue work; mostly sulcata but some leopards, California desert tortoises, yellowfoots, all box turtle species, red-eared sliders, etc. I don't personally keep aquatic species, but have access to a wealth of information and research to help you with any questions you might have.

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