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In shelter Scales, Fins & Other

Florence, MS, 39073
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Kinley is an adult male Three Toed Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina triunguis). Kinley and Kermita were both found by the same family after Kinley had been chewed by a dog. After surrendering them, the finders then refused to tell us where they had found them.  Box turtles must be returned to within 1/4 mile of where they originate, or they cannot be released. Sadly, this means that both Kermita and Kinley cannot go free again and are now in search of forever homes.

We do not charge an adoption fee and we do not sell any turtles.  All potential adopters will be heavily screened.  We are willing to ship, on a case-by-case basis - adopter pays all shipping costs.  Any donation in addition to shipping fees is greatly appreciated and helps to offset the costs associated with that turtles care and rehabilitation.  If a turtle is to be shipped out of state, the adoption must also first be approved by the MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. Shipping is temperature-sensitive.  Depending on where you live, we may not be able to ship to you during summer or winter.  Absolutely no turtles will be shipped between Thanksgiving and Christmas, regardless of temperature.

Please be familiar with your state and local laws.  We will not willingly or knowingly adopt any turtle where it is prohibited to do so by law. In Mississippi, you MUST possess a "valid Resident Sportsmans License, a Resident All Game Hunting and Freshwater Fishing License, a Small Game Hunting and Freshwater Fishing License, or a Non-Resident All Game Hunting License" to possess native turtles.  Further, "no person shall possess more than a total of 20 nongame reptiles" and of that 20 "no more than four (4) can be of the same species or subspecies." Mississippi Code of 1972, Section 49-5-107.

Adoption application is available at the following web address:
We will not consider adopters who do not submit an adoption application.

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  1. American Humane Association
  2. Peeva
  3. American Veterinary Medical Association
  4. Veterinary Information Network
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