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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-11-2016, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy sick alligator snapping turtle

I have two alligator snapping turtles. I have had them for just over 5 years. I usually feed them feeder fish some greens. Well my friends talked me into feeding them a small mouse and now somthing is wrong with my big daddy. His head looks like it peeling a little and hes is barely moving. I have seperated him to a small pladtic tub but i have no clue what to do or if i can even help him. The other turtle, lil man, is fine. I dont understand please help
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-13-2016, 12:19 AM
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Live or dead mouse?
I do not know if a mouse is okay for food. But it seems that turtle can eat a variety of foods. I only wonder about the harder parts of a mouse such as teeth.
Where and how did you get the mouse? If it was dead, then you need to know what caused it's death. If it was poisoned, then that poison might now be in your turtle. If it was disease, it might be transferable to your turtle.
The length of time a food source is dead is important. It breaks down and is infested in various ways.

I have no idea what might have been bad about it. Or how to treat it. But I hope it passes and your turtle survives. In the future, know all about what you feed your pet.

I hope all goes well.
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Thank so much it. It was a live mouse from land and sea pet in dallas ga. I spoke to him and he was just like its not my mouse i feed them to my turtle. He was absolutely no help but with help feom google i seperated him and changed his water twice a day adding turtle fix everytime. I just put him back in with his brother yesterday he is much better
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Glad to hear he is perking up. It has been many decades since I had a couple of large turtles. Just a kid then. I ended up returning them to the area where the guy who gave them to me, found them. Realized I didn't know enough, didn't have the money to care for them well. He just grabbed them from the wild in British Columbia from a river bank. So obviously I don't know much about them. But a change in diet can often cause troubles. As we know ourselves from vacation adventures.
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