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Plight of the Turtles

 In spring and summer turtles move to find food, nest sights, and mates. They will travel across multiple roadways, bask on warm pavement and nest in roadside gravel. A single female (Painted) may lay up to 50 eggs per season during her 30 plus year life, but she must survive  her FIRST decade to reach sexual maturity.

Declines are caused by car strikes, destruction of habitats for  Bog turtles of the eastern United States.  "There are several sites throughout their range where researchers are just finding the same old adults year after year, with no evidence of hatchlings and subadults. With consistent losses, they'll reach a breaking point and crash. " says Kleopfer of US Fish and Wildlife 

"If you see a turtle on a dangerous crossing, here are some tips

  1. 1. Move the turtle in the direction it was already going. If you aren't sure where it's heading, put it on the side of the road with cover.
  2. 2. Don't pull or pick a turtle by its tail as you may damage its spine. 
  3. 3. To avoid a bite, grab the shell near the hind leg and gently drag the turtle or pick it up by gripping the upper shell near the tail  with one hand and sliding the other underneath.
  4. 4.  Wash hands later as some turtles can carry Samonella bacteria.
  5. 5.  Never take a turtle to nicer spot. If you move it the turtle could cross more roads to get to a familial turf." Derek York


Anal Sacs

 Dogs have two anal glands which sit at 5 and 7 o'clock to the anis. They produce a fluid called odiferous that normally passes from the anal sacs each time a dog voids. The tiny narrow duct through which the fluid leaves the sacs become plugged.

Some veterinarians recommend a high fiber diet. The purpose is to make stools soften, and to add volume to them for a better chance of pressing out the fluid. If the fiber doesn't work, you can learn to express the anal sacs yourself from your veterinarian. You can have the sacs surgically removed. Make sure your vet is experienced in this procedure. If they remove too much of the anal sphincter while removing the sacs themselves, fecal incontinence can result. Little dogs are more prone to having impacted anal sacs than larger dogs.

Fox Squirrels

Squirrels are Nut Masters. I have learned that one Fox Squirrel collects 3,000 to 10,000 nuts a year. Researchers at University of Colby-Berkeley have documented that at times Fox squirrels use the "chunking" method; they separate the nuts by species. They bury one nut at a time near others of the same kind. "This is the first demonstration of "chunking" in a scatter, hoarding animal reports lead author Mikel Delgado in Royal Society Open Science. So Fox Squirrels are like people.  People shop, sort, and store their food.  

Salmonella Risks

"Cats and dogs become very ill from salmonella, which is a bacterial infection associated with raw eggs or raw meat. 

Winn Feline Foundation reported on " two cases of salmonellosis found in two cats from the same household. Both cats had vomiting and diarrhea with mucus" The cats were fed a commercial frozen poultry raw diet.  Fecal and fool samples were all positive for salmonella. The raw diet was discontinued and both cats recovered with treatment"   REMINDER humans can also get salmonellosis from semi cooked meats and eggs.