Questions tagged [turtles]

Aquatic shelled reptiles, commonly kept in tanks or ponds; as opposed to land dwelling tortoises which have their own [tortoises] tag.

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How to identify a turtle/tortoise experienced vet?

It is not easy to find a vet, that is experienced in reptiles. Most cat-dog-vets, who have no experience with reptiles, do not admit that they may be uninformed. How could I get knowledge about a vet ...
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Are there any species of turtles that won't eat fish?

I have lots of pond fish, from tiny .5" minnow size to large fat goldfish. I want to add some aquatic turtles, but I found the pet store sells goldfish as food for the turtles. Are there any ...
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Bleach in turtle tank

We had a terrible outbreak of algae in the turtle tank. I removed the turtle and added bleach to the water to kill the algae. I then siphoned all but about an inch of the water out, put in clean ...
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How to shape a first aid home for an aquatic turtle which I found?

I have found my turtle on the street in summer. Now there was another one asking questions about the same situation. As example: I found an red eared slider alike turtle in northern or middle Europe ...
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Is it possible to keep wild Red Eared Slider as a pet?

My family and I found a turtle crossing our street a few days ago. We took it in and are considering keeping it as a pet for the following reasons: Firstly, we live in a suburban area of Massachusetts ...
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One of my turtles hasn't grown and doesn't eat much, what should I do?

I have 2 red eared sliders in a 20 gallon (76 liters) tank and I got them both 7 months ago. They were both the size of a 50 cent coin (about 3 cm) and the one hasn't grown past that size and only ...
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Can Red-eared Sliders lay another set of eggs after already laying a month ago?

Recently, my RES has been constantly splashing and refuses to bask. A month ago she laid eggs. Could there be another set of eggs to be laid?
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A suspicious mark on turtle's nose [closed]

I just noticed a suspicious-looking mark on my turtle's nose today, and I’m not sure what the cause is. I tried wiping it off and nothing happened Could someone let me know what it is and whether I ...
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Gravid female red eared slider

So it's the time of the year where last year on April 29,2019 my female red eared slider who is turning 4 soon layed her eggs but this time she hasn't. I moved her to her nesting area today (29th ...
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Why is my Female Red Ear Slider laying eggs, and how do I stop it?

We’ve had our Female Red Ear Slider for about 10 years. She’s in a tank that holds 90 gallons currently. Originally, we had little pellet rocks at the bottom of the tank about 2 inches deep. She ...
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My 18 year old Musk turtle has some soft areas on his plastron

My 18 year old Musk turtle has some soft areas on his plastron. They also bend a bit. Is this ok? There are no exotic vets in my area so I am not sure what to. He eats dry turtle pellets and he has ...
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Am I feeding OK for my 6 inch (15 cm) map turtle?

Her pellet food: Her bugco superworms: I currently feed my map turtle 3 worms in the morning and 3 more in the afternoon, like at around 2 to 3 PM, and I also feed her just a little bit of ...
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What could I use to clean limescale off of tank glass?

My turtle tank is half of its height filled with water. Where the filtered water falls from the pipe into the water, there is a lot of limescale on the glass. What tools (sponge, brush...) could I ...
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Caring for a red eared slider (terrapin) that fell from a height

Our red eared slider (RES) fell down from slightly above table height, not sure when she fell exactly, might have been a few hours ago. There's a small crack on her bottom shell near where the tail is ...
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Shell of the turtle is progressively darkening

I have one baby red eared slider. I got it a month ago. It's color was green when I got it, but now the shell color has starting become darker and also blackish. I understand that the color changes ...
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Do turtles need direct sunlight?

I'm working on an outside place for my yellow bellied slider and the best location would not get direct sunlight. It's outdoors, facing south (in Europe), but it's covered by an overhang and has some ...
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How much time it takes to recover from metabolic bone disease

I have one pet red eared slider which is 3 months old. He is suffering from metabolic bone disease when I rescued it. I want to know how much time it generally takes for turtles to recover from ...
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My red eared slider's shell suddenly get soft

I have 3 month old red eared slider, I observed him yesterday, if we gently press his shell, it's getting pressed, his shell became soft, it's clearly visible and we can see with the naked eye that ...
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What is this crack on my turtle’s head?

I have two red eared sliders. They started fighting a while ago so I had them separated so one is in the tank while the other gets to walk around my room as he pleases and then they switch. They ...
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Can I leave my Red Eer Slider turtles alone for 4 days?

All my family members (including me) need to leave the city for a family function for 3-4 days. I have 2 red ear slider that I have to leave at my home for the duration. I have 2 questions: Can I ...
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Sure telltales to tell a terrapin is a yellow-bellied and not a red-eared

I have a yellow bellied slider which I need to transport to another country. YBS are allowed into that country, but it's red eared slider cousins are not. Now my problem is that, when chipped, the vet ...
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How to transport turtle and fish via airline?

I may relocate to another country. How can I manage a flight transport for my turtle and fish? Is it realistic to do so in general? The flight is approximately 3-4 hours. The fish are black mollies, ...
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Colour for turtle pond

I'm planning an outside enclosure for my yellow bellied slider. The idea would be to build a fiberglass tank with a basking Island and a partly shaded "beach". My initial idea was to make it a clear ...
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My female Red Eared Slider, as far as I'm guessing, is gravid

So, it's my first time having a pet and it turns out that one of my turtles is a female. I have come to that conclusion after extensive researching and because of her behavior. These days she has ...
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Turtle has red blood bubble in his tail

My turtle is suffering from same cause which is red blood bubble in his tail which is sacred me thereof. I am living in India where there is no vet facility so please advise me about home remedies ...
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Swollen leg of red ear slider turtle

Recently I came up with one of the red ear slider turtle that has its one of the legs swallowned up . It is so worse that he is suppose to keep the leg out of the shell. Is there any treatment I can ...
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How do I make my turtle happy?

My turtle, Tyler, has recently been getting really sad. He is perfectly healthy. But he is eating slower, and sleeping more - thus he seems sad, which makes me sad! Are there toys that I could buy, ...
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What are these turtles doing?

Every now and then, I find my turtles going to the highest point in their water container with one climbing the other and fully stretching out their heads.They stay this way for quite a while. It is ...
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What is that in my red-eared slider's wound?

First Question I have taken a photo of her wound today (see the first figure below). You can see there is a dark pink thing. Does anyone know what it is? Is it pus or a scab? Second Question This ...
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How often do female redeared sliders need to lay eggs?

I've had my turtle for a very long time now and thought it was a male the whole time. I was told by a vet it was a male. Anyways about a month ago she laid eggs outside while I was cleaning her tank. ...
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My 16 year old red eared slider hasn't laid eggs in years

Shes been acting crazy, trying to get out of her tank and being a picky eater. I just started reading about her symptoms and discovered that she could be eggbound. Until now, I had no idea that this ...
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My Adult RES climbed off the sink and fell on the floor. I need help. :( [duplicate]

My Adult Female RES fell on the floor from the sink. Her shell has a very small crack and bled. The bleeding stop as I put medicine and did some first aid. I'm contemplating if I should still take her ...
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Painted turtle hit by car!

My painted turtle escaped his outdoor dry enclosure I walked inside for 5 mins and somehow he was in the middle of a super busy street, he isn't bleeding and the only damage to his shell is some nicks ...
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How easy is it for a baby yellow bellied slider to obtain an internal injury?

Okay so today, I was moving my baby to a different location. I had him in his smaller travel tank, I set it in the sun so he could bask while I set up his big tank. While I was doing this I took my ...
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Are Terrapins sold in the UK?

I am from the UK and I was wondering if I can get terrapins. i have looked on all the websites of close by pet stores and none of them know where to get them from.
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How can I cure my red eared slider from fungus infection

I have been noticing some white spots on my red eared slider’s shell and I researched about it and it turned out to be a fungus infection. How can I treat my turtle without the help of a vet?
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Which light is good for aquarium turtles, UVA, UVB, UVC? [duplicate]

In continuation of my question Do aquarium turtles require basking everyday? I will purchase a UV bulb for turtles but which one should I purchase UVA, UVB or UVC? How much distance should I keep ...
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Why are my turtle’s eyes closed all the time?

I’ve noticed lately that my red eared slider is keeping her eyes closed most of the time and opening them only for maximum a minute and then closing them again. She lives in a big tank with a filter, ...
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Is it okay if I put my turtle a UVC light instead of UVB?

I have an AW UVC 9W light bulb and I’m not quite sure if this is the right lighting for my red eared slider. The bulb can be put underwater to prevent any harm to the eyes or skin. Will this UVC light ...
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Traveling across country with red eared slider

My family is moving from Colorado to Alaska which is approximately 60 hours. We plan to stop each night and sleep at a hotel. This will allow us to set up a mini aquarium for him through the night. I ...
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My little red eared turtle ate a dead gold fish should I be concerned?

This is my little red eared turtles image eating my pet gold fish which died of natural causes. Should I be worried? Is there anything I should do?
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Turtle stopped eating food post accident [duplicate]

My turtle fell off from the 5th floor. She was bleeding from her mouth for two days but then stopped. I saw her opening her mouth and I could not see any injured mark. The local vet she is fine, the ...
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Red eared slider laying eggs into the water

6 months ago I rescued two red eared sliders that had been abandoned by their previous owner. A couple of weeks ago one of my new turtles started laying eggs. After doing some quick research I've ...
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Can I keep 2 breeds of turtle together

I need to keep Indian Flapshell turtle along with Red ear slider turtle. Will it be ok to keep both together in one tank?
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Do aquarium turtles require basking everyday?

Sometimes my turtles are not active at all. They appearing floating on surface, not even moving subtle. I generally change water in that case. But I also think that not giving them proper open air, ...
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Is a 36 gallon bow shaped tank okay for baby turtles?

I'm planning to buy hatchling or baby turtles and working out for a good home for them. I'm going to get a 36 gallon bow shaped tank but not sure if there are any specifics/dimensions I should follow ...
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Is medium sized gravel okay for my 40 gal turtle tank?

Could someone suggest the best substrate for my turtle tank? I'm planning to use medium sized gravel so turtles can't swallow them.
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Female turtle unexpectedly laid eggs, what do I do now?

I have recently rescued a female Indian flapshell turtle. I kept it in my tank for few days. I found 9 eggs in my tank today. Can I expect babies from the eggs? How do I need to care for the eggs?
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I feed my turtles maggots..is that ok? [duplicate]

I have redeared sliders a male and a female I found some maggots (kind of embarrassing) but in my kitchen trash I save scraps for my bosses pigs but I didn't go to work for 2 days so kind of forgot it ...
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Turtles: Fresh water in aquarium turned red after few minutes

Around 30-40 mins ago I changed aquarium water, cleaned the filter and dropped some toya food for my turtles. Now I am seeing water turned red, I have already checked there are no cuts, bites or ...