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Turtle First Aid – Skin Rashes or Wounds

I think my turtle has a rash on it’s skin ​Take your turtle out of the water and keep it dry. Disinfect them with beta dine or a mixture of equal parts Nolvosan and water. Take your turtle to a vet if the problem doesn’t seem to get better or gets worse. What Next? Well… […]

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Turtle First Aid – Turtles and Algae

What do you do when you see Algae on your turtle? Well nothing really, generally speaking it is not harmful to your turtle.Algae growing on a turtle shell is normal. In fact most wild turtles have some algae growing on their carapace. That being said you can’t completely ignore the algae on the shell. There […]

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Turtle First Aid – Shell Sores or Holes in Shell

My turtle has sores or holes on it’s shell ​Remove your turtle immediately from the water and keep it dry. To prevent your turtle from dehydrating, soak them for 30 minutes twice a day. Sponge your turtle off with Betadine or Nolvasan several times a day, especially after soaking them. Keep your turtle warm. Drying […]

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Turtle First Aid – Soft Shell Spots

My turtle has some soft spots on it’s shell ​Your turtle’s shell should be hard and solid, except for softshell turtles. You should not be able to push dents or find any soft patches. The most common cause of a soft shell is a lack of calcium or vitamin D3. They can get calcium through […]

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Turtle First Aid – Vitamin K Deficiency

​My turtle may have a vitamin K deficiency ​Bleeding through the mouth is a common indication of vitamin K deficiency. Lack of vegetables seems to be the main cause. To treat this you should give the animal vitamin K and change their diet to include more veggies. I also highly suggest taking them to the […]

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Turtle First Aid – Swollen Eyes and Vitamin A Deficiencies

My turtle has swollen eyes ​Swollen eyes are common in turtles and usually pneumonia related. Poor nutrition and dirty water could cause this as well. If your turtle is sluggish, not eating, or shows any other symptom along with the swollen eyes, take your turtle to the vet. It sounds like your turtle may have […]

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Turtle First Aid – Frequent sneezing, coughing, and yawning

My turtle is frequently sneezing, coughing, and yawning ​It’s okay if your turtle does this occasionally. However, too much could be a sign of a respiratory infection. A common infection is pneumonia. The recommended thing to do is take your turtle to the veterinarian. They can give your turtle x-rays and antibiotics. Your turtle is […]

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Eastern Snake Necked Turtle (Chelodina longicollis)

How to identify this turtle Distinguishable by black seams on the belly plate & growing to a carpace length of 250mm. Chelodina Longicollis Snake Neck Turtle Diet It primarily eats aquatic insects, fish, tadpoles, and frogs. When hunting the Snake necked turtled approaches with its neck held sidewaysthrusting its open mouth to grasp its prey […]

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Central American Wood Turtle

Description of Central American Wood Turtle Central American Wood Turtle (Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima manni) is a turtle species of which a number of species and subspecies come from Central America, with a distribution range from Mexico to Northern Ecuador and Northern Brazil. It lives on the savannahs, in forests and on riverbanks. The distribution area of […]

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Florida Softshell Turtle (Apalone Ferox)

Description of Florida Softshell Turtle The Florida Softshell Turtle is a species of softshell turtle native to the eastern United States, primarily in the state of Florida. It is the largest of the New World softshell turtles (which are all believed to have originated in the Old World). Family: Trionychidae Genus: Apalone Scientific Name: Apalone […]

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