I need some advice. I rescued a Box Turtle trying to cross a highway in a rural area. It was in the middle of my lane and not moving. The car in front of me went right over it without hitting it. The poor thing was locked up tight inside it's shell. I jumped out of the car, picked him up and noticed his shell had a slight crack on the underside near the tail area, a trace of blood coming from a small puncture in the same area.

I feared it might die soon from internal injuries. He started coming around and appeared to be energetic by the time I got home. Right now, he's acting fine. So now what to do with him. I wouldn't mind keeping him , but I should release him, but where? Contact a vet? Wildlife dept? It's early evening, we're knew to the state, so does anybody have a suggestion?
Udate:
He is an Ornate box turtle. As of 10:30pm he appears alert and normal for a wild caught turtle. I have him in a large plastic tub, lined with newspaper, a dish of veggies and fruit, a bowl of water and a cork bark hide he can stay inside of. He is inside the house. Outside, tonight the temp is suppossed to drop to the mid 40's.

I havn't seen any more loss of blood, and nothing showing on the newspaper. He does have a puncture in the belly of the shell area about an inch up from the base of his tale. The hole is a little smaller than a pencil eraser diameter, and you can notice a fleshy area inside, but a least he's not bleeding. Tomorrow, I will contact a vet to see what would be best for our guest. I'm trying to find more info on the web, and any suggestions / comments are much appreciated.
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Udate: He is an Ornate box turtle. As of 10:30pm he appears alert and normal for a wild caught turtle.

Good luck you are doing the right things. Keep us posted

(3 year old Ornate box turtle female walked into ours lives not to long ago here in Southern California)
Yea! A response!
I didn't get a return call back from the local vet. I still have him inside the plastic tub, and he has burrowed into the newspaper and aspen shavings substrate. He doesn't appear to be eating, but he is alert and active when I check on him.. I will continue seeking advice, as I don't want to release him yet due to the small puncture wound. I'd like to find something that will protect the wound. Thanks
I will continue seeking advice, as I don't want to release him yet due to the small puncture wound. I'd like to find something that will protect the wound.

I'm a total newbie and a layperson, but I was wondering if you had contacted your local animal control/protection agency. I know that in many jurisdictions they would be able to take the turtle in for veterinary care and then either find a suitable home or release the animal to the wild. If not, I would think that they would at least be able to provide some guidance.

Colleen
I just did get a response. "Pack puncture with anti bacteria cream, seal the outside with just enough super glue to cover the hole, let the turtle loose in rural, wooded area". The next few days will be warm, giving the turtle a chance to find a good hibernation spot. I was told that the wound will have a better chance to heal during hibernation.

It will probably be tomorrow for his release.
thanks