This Tortoise Has Eaten The Strangest Thing

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This Tortoise Has Eaten The Strangest Thing

Snakes eating carpet and frogs eating substrate are nothing new, but a sulcata tortoise eating a charm? And a sea turtle charm at that? Now that is so

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Snakes eating carpet and frogs eating substrate are nothing new, but a sulcata tortoise eating a charm? And a sea turtle charm at that? Now that is something that veterinarians don’t see all the time, but a South Florida veterinarian observed just that when the owner of the tortoise brought the reptile in to the Avian & Exotic Animal Medical Center in Miami because she was constipated. 


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The tortoise, named Lola went straight to the x-ray and the technicians were surprised to find that the chelonian had swallowed a sea turtle charm. Dr. Don Harris told CBS Miami that he first thought the technicians were playing a joke on him when they said that Lola had swallowed the charm, but when he looked at the x-ray he was apparently just as shocked as the techs. 

Dr. Harris prescribed treating the tortoise with enemas in laxatives in hopes the 10-year old tortoise will pass the charm on her own. If that course of treatment doesn’t work, then Lola would be sent to Keys Turtle Hospital for surgery.