I just got another big common snapping turtle in to halfway-house for PNHS. He went to the vet yesterday, since his face is ripped up. He was found walking on a street in a suburb, and I think he's been wild for a long time.
The one thing the vet didn't have a ready solution for is his leeches. He's got little ones tucked into every nook and cranny. Under the shell, in the folds of his leg skin, in the folds of his neck, etc. Now, this guy is 22 pounds. I am NOT going to be able to pick them off.

Some are coming off slowly, since I have to drain the tub he's in most of the day, and I'm washing his wounds (some on the shell, too) with peroxide. I'm also adding a product called Oxyfresh to his water - it worked wonders on my male snapper when he tore his nose up and had some fungus. My vet recommended the product.
So, anyone have any ideas on the leeches? A veterinary text suggested vinegar or alcohol. (This led to cracks about using vodka and taking a swig in between sloshes onto the turtle. I like a vet with a sense of humor. :-P ) Has anybody tried spraying vinegar onto them, does it really work? I bought a little spray bottle, might try it tonight. He's getting upset whenever I loom over him, though. Poor guy, I can tell the peroxide hurts. :-( But his face is infected and ***. What in the heck could rip into snapper skin like that?! Maybe he got hit by a boat... but there isn't a lake near where he was found. Heck, even though it was pouring rain he was dehydrated.
Heh. Now I have two snappers in the basement, two in the herp room, and one in the master bath.. I can't keep this guy, though, there's really no place to put him.
Jennifer
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Cover the leeches with regular table salt. They will fall off in just a few minutes or less. I frequently get covered with leeches when frog hunting. The salt works wonders. I've never tried either vinegar or alcohol. snake lady
"Medicine to produce health has to examine disease" Plutarch http://community.webtv.net/SnakeladysFarm/SnakeLadysReptile0
Cover the leeches with regular table salt. They will fall off in just a few minutes or less. I frequently ... wonders. I've never tried either vinegar or alcohol. snake lady "Medicine to produce health has to examine disease" Plutarch http://community.webtv.net/SnakeladysFarm/SnakeLadysReptile0

Thanks! I bet I could also use highly saline water squirted under his shell to get off the more persistent ones.
Jennifer
Cover the leeches with regular table salt. They will fall ... "Medicine to produce health has to examine disease" Plutarch http://community.webtv.net/SnakeladysFarm/SnakeLadysReptile0

Thanks! I bet I could also use highly saline water squirted under his shell to get off the more persistent ones. Jennifer

My brother and I used to just put fine dry soil or sand on them, they don't like that either. Vinegar burns like HELL in a wound, even a little one, though I think it kills germs and fungus too.
Cindy
Cindy
My brother and I used to just put fine dry soil or sand on them, they don't like that either. Vinegar burns like HELL in a wound, even a little one, though I think it kills germs and fungus too. Cindy Cindy

I feel so bad doing things to this guy that obviously hurt him. :-( The peroxide makes him wince, squeeze his eyes shut and paw at his nose. He even makes pained noises. He's been a real trooper so far - the only time I've seen him snap was at the vet when she was probing a hole on his shell and found a sensitive spot. But I'm thinking once he starts feeling better I should be reeally careful reaching in that tub!

No matter what I use - vinegar, peroxide or saline - it's going to hurt. -( I just have to go slowly and as gently as I can.

Jennifer
I just got another big common snapping turtle in to halfway-house for PNHS. He went to the vet yesterday, since ... and one in the master bath.. I can't keep this guy, though, there's really no place to put him. Jennifer

Wow, where was he found? I didn't hear about this one.

-cat
Wow, where was he found? I didn't hear about this one. -cat[/nq]I got a call from Edmonds animal control. Last week when I took a cat to my vet for annual shots, an AC officer was there and I mentioned that I was in PNHS and we could take herps off their hands if they needed (but not stuff like iguanas). Thursday somebody called 911 in Edmonds to report a turtle on the road. They thought it would be a box turtle, but it wasn't. :-P The AC officer called my vet, who oh-so-conveniently was out of the office, and I bet she laughed herself silly when she referred them to me.

(She thinks snappers are magnificent animals, but doesn't want a thing to do with them.) So I called Sarah, drove over from work and picked him up. AC called me back today to check on him, and said that it's great that he's going into the adoption program, and they now consider him adopted out for their purposes. Gee, I guess nobody called in to claim him. :-) (Oh yeah, and he was found wandering just down the street from a school. That was an accident waiting to happen.)
Oh, and while I was at the vet Friday with the turtle, another customer had a skink she'd like to place, and someone else called the clinic asking where they could donate an animal. sigh 'Tis the season for dumping, I guess. The adoption line must be ringing off the hook.

Jennifer
You could try Formalin
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Cover the leeches with regular table salt. They will fall off injust a few minutes or less. I frequently get ... wonders. I've never tried either vinegar or alcohol. snake lady "Medicine to produce health has to examine disease" Plutarch http://community.webtv.net/SnakeladysFarm/SnakeLadysReptile0

I've used salt on leeches, slugs, and snails in the past. It's a gruesome death.
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