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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-03-2008, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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Turtle Emergencies - Please read before posting.

Please answer as many of the following questions as you can when asking for turtle advice to better enable others to help you.

How big is your turtle?
How long have you had it?

What is the water temperature?
Did you use a thermometer?
Are you using a water heater?
How much water is in there?
Are you using a water conditioner?
Are you using any filtration?

What is the basking temperature?
Is there a basking light?
Is there a basking platform that is easy to climb on?
What kind is it or what is it made out of?
Is there a UVB light?

What have you been trying to feed it?
When was the last time your turtle ate?

How big is the tank/pond/enclosure?
Is the tank near a window?
Is the tank in a room with a lot of activity?

Is there any other unusual activity/symptoms?

If you have a question about a skin or shell condition, please try provide pictures of the area when it is dry.
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post #2 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-05-2009, 11:53 PM
 
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Unhappy help please asap

I have a true emergency.
I'm so embarrassed to admit this but I need help.
There is a large piece of marble in the RES tank we inherited today.I went to do a move out clean at an apartment late this afternoon and there they were.
I know almost nothing, but common sense told me to get these little guys warm, and get them as set up as possible with limited (ok no) funds until Wed.
They are aprox.1 to 1 1/2 inches.
they are now in a 10 gal. tank with the cheapest filter possible workin' well.
The water temp is 74 degrees and and they both munched some freeze dried krill and some pellets reco. by sir aquatic salesman! They seemed happy and perhaps content!!
I put a large slab of marble in there as a makeshift to allow them an area to bask if needed. This piece I set on a small cup as to achieve the slant so they could get out of the water. AGAIN a makeshift until...
This is where it gets BAD.
I wes putting a better heater in the tank, one my husband picked up after work.
One of the turtles got stuck under the slab when I was tweaking the setup.
End result...the shell is dented from the weight as it was pinned and under water at least 30 minutes.
It is alive. but dented. It has not moved around, has not stuck its head out of its shell.
My husband ( and I) are convinced that it must be suffering and he wants to put it out of its misery. Prob. not a bad idea but he wants to do it in such a way that to me seems very barbaric.
PLEASE PLEASE TURTLE FOLK, WILL SOMEONE POST A RESPONSE AS TO WHAT SHOULD BE DONE FOR THIS FELLOW. Please try to refrain from making me feel worse than I already do (if that's possible )
my email is [email protected]. Thank you
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post #3 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-17-2009, 02:16 PM
 
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Clear bubbles in RES eyes

Hello,

Last night I noticed clear bubbles in both of my RES' eyes. Please let me know if you know what the problem is and how to fix it. Here is some background info:

5 year old female RES, we've had her for 6 months.
20 gallon tank next to a window that gets moderate amount of sunlight
tank has a waterfall filter that we change as we notice the water getting gross
we have a UV light that we turn on from 1-5 hours per day aimed at her basking rock
we feed her primarily Reptomine, and there is anacharis and feeder fish in the tank--she doesn't take much interest in the anacharis or fish since winter started.
The temp of the room is consistent 70 degrees F, and there is a water heater in the tank preset to 70something...it came with the preset for aquatic turtles.
We clean the tank again when it looks a bit dirty--the fish and the filter do a good job of keeping it clean for up to 3 weeks
She's been healthy for the most part. About a month after we got her she had a respiratory problem (b/c I don't know much about turtles and thought an open window would give her fresh air, not a respiratory condition) but she healed from that and has been fine since. She has been more lethargic since winter started, even though we have tried to keep her conditions consistent. She also has lost some appetite since winter began.

I really appreciate you're knowledge, thank you!
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post #4 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-17-2009, 11:47 PM
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Hey Tsav,

There are eye drops made for turtles. I don't know what the eye drops treat, I just know they exist so you might want to look into that.

The only suggestion I have would to keep the UV light on for 10-12 hours and to make sure you have a heat lamp. I don't know if cleaning the tank every 3 weeks is good enough. Just use a fish net and/or vacuum to pick up any messes left over from food and when the water looks foggy. The right time to change ur filter is when the water doesn't seem to run through the cartridges anymore, so if the water is flowing over it, it is time for a change.

Hope I could have been of some help.. I'm sure there are others here who can help you and know a lot more =)
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post #5 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-18-2009, 12:03 AM
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is this a wild caught turtle? a 20 gallon doesnt sound near close to enough room for it. does it have a place to get out and dry off completely? i recommend 1 area to dry off and another with a basking light aimed at it (not to close but not to far away) kept on all the time.
a water change every 3 weeks is def. not enough for a turtle.
the open window with the cold air prob. got it sick. a mixture of foods is VERY IMPORTANT so offer lettuce, occasional fruits, other veggies and even dandilion leaves here and there. ive heard turtles going blind due to lacking nutrients found in the mixture of different foods. the filter pad doesnt really need to be changed when it overflows but rather swished around in tank water that you took out from a water change.

please get this turtle a bigger tank, a much bigger tank.
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post #6 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-18-2009, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
 
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a five year old turtle should be reaching the 8 inch mark, and females grow 12...


so if it is that big that tank si way to small and turtles produce alot of waste and cleaning is a must. i doubt ur turtle is that big tho, its probably stunted, and with having a protein diet most of its life probably has shell deformities.

the water is probably cold and thats why shes slowing down.

i wouldnt kno anythin about the bubbles without seeing them
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post #7 of 43 (permalink) Old 02-28-2009, 11:54 PM
 
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New Baby Turtles in Danger?

I just bought this baby turtle yesterday and he seems to be really weak, and his eyes look weird.. I dont see the pupil, just a white film. I'm not sure if it's just like that because he is too young or does he have some kind of sickness, he's verrryy small (approx. 4-5cm in width) so it's hard for me to tell if he's sick or he's just too young. Also, i have a feeling that he has ear abscess, the left ear seems to be a bit swollen. I'm not 100% sure though. I attached some pictures, if someone can please help me out





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post #8 of 43 (permalink) Old 03-01-2009, 07:13 PM
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Please answer all the questions that are listed at the very top of this thread.

You're turtle is sick. I'm not an expert but I know hatchlings normally look very healthy. Make sure you have all the essentials of caring for this turtle. Someone more knowledgeable will give you a better reply.
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post #9 of 43 (permalink) Old 03-01-2009, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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that turtles"paws" dont look normal. its been born with deformities. the bump on the side of its head could be so many things. and its eyes just looked swollen shut to me.


a turtle this young with so many issues wont live im sorry to say. you can try to give it a nice home... but i dont see him living long either way
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post #10 of 43 (permalink) Old 05-07-2009, 04:03 PM
 
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I just bought this baby turtle yesterday and he seems to be really weak, and his eyes look weird.. I dont see the pupil, just a white film. I'm not sure if it's just like that because he is too young or does he have some kind of sickness, he's verrryy small (approx. 4-5cm in width) so it's hard for me to tell if he's sick or he's just too young. Also, i have a feeling that he has ear abscess, the left ear seems to be a bit swollen. I'm not 100% sure though. I attached some pictures, if someone can please help me out





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Well I can definitely tell you that IS an ear abscess- one of my box turtles had an awful one a few years ago that required 3 surgeries & rounds of antibiotics to totally get rid of. It makes them absolutely miserable & they will usually refuse to eat also. The swollen eyes are most likely from lack of vitamin A- plain old vitamin A eyedrops are good for that, plus a vitamin mixed into the food. If you have a vet nearby that could lance the abscess that would be best.
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