Indiana Turtle Care, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to the conservation, rehabilitation, education and rescue of turtles and tortoises. We do not concentrate strictly on native turtles, but species from all over the world. Turtles are losing their homes and lives due to environmental changes such as construction, and road traffic, and also because of wild capturing and importation for retailers. Many turtles become a family pet, either through a purchase at a pet store or because they were found in the wild and brought home, only for the owner to find out that it is not the 'easy care' pet that they thought.
After years of keeping turtles, it was soon obvious to me that I needed to do more for the benefit for our shelled friends
here in the Hoosier State. I am licensed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as a wildlife rehabilitator,
specializing in turtles and tortoises.
Indiana Turtle Care works with many organizations nationwide to help with rescues, adoptions, and transportation.
Educational programs are provided, as our schedule allows for many different events and organizations such as schools,
scout troops, animal welfare groups and herpetological clubs. Being able to provide these programs enables adults
and children to learn about these wonderful creatures. They soon realize that there are many interesting things
to know about turtles and tortoises from all over the world. Care sheets and personal mentoring are available
for prospective and present turtle owners.
Turtle conservation is an important focus for Indiana Turtle Care. We are in frequent communication with the
Indiana Department of Natural Resources, various rescues and sanctuaries and other rehabilitators.
We feel it is important to share ideas and issues with each other in order to best conserve turtles and their natural environments.
This is also where the educational programs play a big part in keeping turtles in the wild. Rehabilitation is, unfortunately,
a necessity for turtles and tortoises. An injured turtle does not necessarily mean that its life is over.
Shells can be repaired and illnesses can be cured. Working with a knowledgeable and caring vet is a very important part of
rehabilitation, not only for the turtle but also for the licensed rehabilitator.
As our new web site is being built, please visit often. Comments are welcome.
Photographs are property of Indiana Turtle Care and may not be used without consent and credit given to our organization's web site.
Marty La Prees