Sea Turtle Recovery is a hospital for sick and injured marine turtles from the ocean ONLY. We do not have the permits to handle any other wildlife. We do NOT accept fresh water turtles, pets, or Diamond Back Terrapins.
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We do not have timeline for when this will change.
Sea Turtle Recovery, PO Box 497, West Orange, NJ 07052-0497
560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
Sea Turtle Recovery is located within the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo. Zoo admission is required.
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Sea Turtle or Terrapin
Sea turtles have long paddle like flippers in the front and smaller, round flippers in the rear. Terrapins and other turtles have four feet with individual toes and toe nails. Sea turtles cannot hide inside their shell like terrapins and other turtles.
Our permits at Sea Turtle Recovery only allow us to rehabilitate ocean dwelling sea turtles. Adjusting your internet search may help in finding an organization that can help you. There are a few “reptile rescues” for freshwater turtles in the area that you should be able to find with internet search engines. Other people have been successful in the past by searching petfinder.org for turtles that are up for adoption, then contact the rescue group that is listing them to see if they have any space for your pets. You may also try reaching out to the state fish and wildlife rangers in your state for their advice.