Loggerhead Sea Turtle (17-2960)

Loggerhead Sea Turtle (17-2960)
Aug 21 2017

A very unique patient, a leucistic loggerhead sea turtle hatchling (#17-2960), arrived at the #CROWClinic today. Leucism is a condition in which there is partial pigmentation loss in an animal. It differs from albinism in that animals with leucism still have normal eye coloration as opposed to the red eyes associated with albinism. Leucistic animals are not always entirely white like this little turtle. They can also have patches of white mixed with their normal coloration.

Status Updates

Prognosis: Heavily Guarded - Aug 22 2017 9:19 am

The turtle was found at the bottom of a nest during routine excavation after the nest had hatched on Fort Myers Beach. This morning, the leucistic turtle remained weak and depressed. It currently has to be tube fed to ensure it gets proper nutrition. Veterinarians say its prognosis is heavily guarded.


Deceased - Aug 23 2017 10:52 am

The hatchling turtle's health continued to decline yesterday despite supportive care and antibiotics provided by the veterinary staff. It is believed an infection due to a partially absorbed umbilicus played a role in its decline. A necropsy will be performed on the turtle to determine an exact cause.