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Wildlife Hotline: (516) 674-0982

Sheldon

Common Musk Turtle

Sheldon, our ambassador Common Musk Turtle, was found in a box abandoned outside a pet store in Queens. While Musk Turtles are a wild species found on Long Island, we suspect Sheldon was either taken from the wild as a youngster or perhaps purchased as a pet. Sheldon is unable to be released as his origin is unknown.  Additionally, he is tame and looks to people for food.

Did You Know?

Common Musk Turtles are also known as the Stinkpot! When threatened, they have the ability to release a foul, musky odor from their scent glands located on the sides of their shell.

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Meet Our Animal Ambassadors

Amelia

American Kestrel

Baby & Lady

Red-tailed Hawks

Charlie

American Kestrel

Daisy

White Footed Mouse

Fig

Virginia Opossum

Hatch

Eastern Box Turtle

Hercules

Eastern Box Turtle

Jade

Diamondback Terrapin

Jasper

Diamondback Terrapin

Marcus

Great Horned owl

Otis

Eastern Screech Owl

Ping

Mallard Duck

Rosie

Eastern Box Turtle

Solomon

Barred Owl

Stash

Eastern Chipmunk

Tabitha & Timothy

Doves

Trixie

Eastern Box Turtle