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My Indian flapshell turtle fell from 3rd floor. How to know there's any internal damage by his behaviour?

It's impossible to tell if an animal - especially a reptile like a turtle - has internal injuries from it's behavior, unless it's currently dying. A vet must examine the animal to find internal damage....
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How can I stop my turtle from eating my pet goldfish?

First, the turtles are eating the fish because fish are food, not friends. Turtles are omnivores and fish make up part of their natural diet. There's absolutely nothing you can do to stop it other ...
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What can I do for my turtle that fell down three floors?

As covered in the other answers, your only option is to see a vet in order to have surgery done. Or in the worst case, have it humanely put to rest. I want to stress how important it is that a ...
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What's an appropriate diet for a small river turtle?

In general a turtle's diet is comprised of 50% protein, 30% vegetables, 10% greens, and 10% fruit. The protein can even be divided up so that it's 25% commercial food, and 25% fresh food. You should ...
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What can I do for my turtle that fell down three floors?

You should take this animal to a vet right away. Repairing the shell will require surgical skills to clean the wound and create a suitable patch. Otherwise the turtle will likely die of infection (...
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What can I do for my turtle that fell down three floors?

This animal really MUST see a vet to assess the damage (if the tissue leaking out is vital organs or just muscle tissue). Try calling some if the voicemails of local vets. In my area vets put ways to ...
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How can I reduce my need to do a water change on my turtle's habitat?

There are a few ways to reduce the frequency of water changes for your turtle. Just keep in mind there is no running away from water changes. Have an efficient biological filter: This very obvious ...
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What is the difference between a tortoise and a turtle?

Simple Answer Turtles are an aquatic, or semi-aquatic, species, while tortoises reside only on land. Image sources: 1, 2, 3. In-Depth Answer Summary Technically, tortoises are a kind of turtle. ...
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Painted turtle hit by car!

Get her to a vet. You are asking strangers on the Internet for medical advice here, but you should actually ask a veterinarian. They have the knowledge and equipment to diagnose and hopefully help her....
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Are maggots appropriate food for a turtle?

Maggots are the larvae of a fly, generally the maggots we deal with are housefly maggots. Though houseflies are considered pests, most of the 250,000+ fly species are not pests but rather innocuous or ...
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Red flesh coming out my turtle's tail

It looks like a prolapse of some sort. It could be penile, cloacal, or intestinal. Do you know for sure he is a male? Females can also have cloacal prolapse as well as intestinal. If the tissue is not ...
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Could my RES be egg bound?

Red ear sliders usually lay between 2-4 clutches of eggs, since your turtle laid two clutches, and you can still feel eggs, it is very probable it has more to lay, a simple x-ray will reveal whether ...
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Leaving red-eared sliders for the weekend

A few days of fasting for a healthy turtle should be no problem. You should still place more food than normal, you're turtle doesn't really have to fast. I'd suggest a bigger variety to what your ...
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Will it be okay for me to get a kitten when I already have two turtles?

There really is no definite answer to your question. The two species can be maintained simultaneously but a variety of factors will determine that: The personality of your cat or turtles. Yes, even ...
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What is the basic proper aquarium setup for a turtle?

One thing to consider first before having an outline of a turtle's enclosure is its natural habitat. Some turtles, like softshell turtles, have evolved to be burrowers and should be supplied with a ...
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Are frozen foods (vegetables) appropriate for turtles?

Frozen vegetables should be okay once thawed. There is a slight problem that they lose some of their nutritional value when cooked. Part of the packaging process of frozen vegetables includes ...
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How can I find out the species of my baby turtles?

I'd be more inclined to think they're probably yellow belly sliders which are the same as far as care and size go, but they don't develop the red marks on the side of their head. I would stick with ...
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What could I use to clean limescale off of tank glass?

To clean aquarium glass you can use: A kitchen scrub made of plastic, the ones made for cleaning pots and pans. A paint scraper, you can get this in your local hardware store, be sure you do not ...
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Why is my turtle refusing to eat anything but dried prawns?

It sounds like the turtle has become addicted to the prawns. The prawns are essentially candy for the turtle, which is why I had suggested them as treats and not a staple. Really the only solution ...
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What could I use to clean limescale off of tank glass?

Get a razor-blade scraper from a hardware store if you don't want to remove everything from the tank. You can lower the water level to catch what you scrape off, or use a in-tank siphon cleaner, but ...
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Are there any species of turtles that won't eat fish?

It will be difficult but not impossible to find a turtle which fits your needs. There are some main factors you need to focus on: temperature and water quality. The temperature will be important for ...
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Why has my turtle stopped eating carrots?

River turtles, in the family Emydidae, are omnivorous, meaning they eat both meat and plant materials. There is nothing wrong with giving your turtle carrots as they are similar to what river turtles ...
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My turtle is pregnant what do I do?

So, turtles have eggs in their bodies that go through stages and cycles. While the eggs are in the body is when the male fertilizes those eggs BUT a male is not a necessary factor for the eggs to be ...
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My female red eared slider's awkward behavior is concerning me

It sounds like your Red Ear Slider might be carrying eggs. One of the signs is going from calm to hyper, nonstop like you described. IF you can take her outside and let her roam around she might nest. ...
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Is Indian Flapshell Poisonous

In TurtleForum they happen to ask the same question as you did in one of their threads(search near the bottom): Yes, softshelled turtles are generally extremely aggressive, have very long necks, ...
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Painted turtle hit by car!

Hit by cars, on any animal, need to be seen ASAP. A pet may look fine at first glance but there is a high chance of internal damage that may only be apparent when it's too late. Your veterinarian ...
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My Adult RES climbed off the sink and fell on the floor. I need help. :(

You should visit a Vet with her. Like trond hansen wrote, there could be internal injury you can not see, but which could kill your turtle. After this you have to prevent your turtle falling out of ...
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Can I leave my Red Eer Slider turtles alone for 4 days?

Turtles can be left alone for a few days, although there is some risk, so it is best to have a friend and neighbor check on your turtle in your home each day if possible. You could also move the tank ...
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What could I use to clean limescale off of tank glass?

Limescale is made of insoluble carbonates of calcium and magnesium; in other words, they are salts of carbonic acid. Salts undergo displacement reactions: for instance, weaker acids tend to be ...
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Should I free this turtle?

Should you free this turtle? Meaning one: let the turtle loose into nature No! Pets should not ever be "freed" like this, for multiple reasons. For example, pets aren't able to find their ...
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