It is evident that reptiles and amphibians are waking from their winter hibernation and are moving about. Yesterday we received our first Western painted turtle of the year, and today our first Eastern garter snake! The turtle had been hit by a car and had multiple severe shell fractures, as well as a fractured front leg. She spent the night in our intensive care unit, but unfortuntely did not survive.
The snake has a vertebral (spinal) fracture. He/she is still able to move his/her body, so hopefully cage rest and time will make for a full recovery (along with pain relievers for comfort)!