Consider a donation toward the care of reptiles!

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Cape Cod is home to a wide diversity of reptile species – especially turtles!

Wild Care receives many turtles into care during the spring and summer months, including Eastern Box Turtles, Snapping Turtles, Painted Turtles and Diamondback Terrapins. Many of these turtles are females that have been struck by a car while crossing busy roads to find a place to lay their eggs. In some cases, the turtle suffer’s minor injuries and we are able to repair their shell. If a female cannot be saved and is gravid (carrying eggs), we remove the eggs and allow them to hatch in a natural setting.  Turtles also suffer injury in the wild from fishing debris, harassment by people and pets, nest sites disruption by ATV’s, habitat loss and more. Because turtles are cold-blooded and have a slow metabolism, their healing process is a slow one. Some turtles are kept over winter at Wild Care to allow proper healing and good nutrition, giving them a leg up when they are released the following spring. We love our turtles and remind you to drive slowly, watch for turtle crossing, and give turtles a brake!

Please make a donation today and keep these critters crawling!

This Eastern Painted Turtle was hit by a car last fall. We were able to repair her shell fracture and the turtle was released this spring.Camouflage at its finest. This Eastern Box Turtle was in our care over the winter with a fractured shell. She made a full recovery and was released back into the wild!This hatchling Eastern Box Turtle was disrupted during its winter hibernation. It grew quickly in our care over the winter and was released this spring.

If you find an animal in
distress, please call us at:


Our helpline and our facility
are open EVERY DAY from
9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
We are located at the
Orleans rotary (on the Eastham side).

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