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by mariza
Mon Dec 06, 2004 4:53 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: RES shedding skin
Replies: 2
Views: 219

Re: RES shedding skin

Turtles shed their skin as they grow, but the shedding shouldn\'t be that noticeable and really visible in the water but not out of it. If the shedding is excessive and/or prolonged, perhaps it\'s due to something else. What, how much and how often are you feeding her? Also, what is the temp of the ...
by mariza
Mon Dec 06, 2004 4:43 pm
Forum: Turtle Indoor Setups
Topic: Rubbermaid instead of an aquarium?
Replies: 22
Views: 2272

Re: Rubbermaid instead of an aquarium?

I used a colored 50-gallon Rubbermaid for my turtle\'s home for almost a year. The problem for me wasn\'t getting equipment to fit (?)---the heater suctioned to the side, the canister filter worked well and it was easy to hang a combo UVB mercury vapor light over the basking area---rather the proble...
by mariza
Mon Dec 06, 2004 4:31 pm
Forum: Turtle Indoor Setups
Topic: Light Strips and Glass tops
Replies: 8
Views: 1134

Re: Light Strips and Glass tops

If you use a screen, make sure the holes are at least 1/8th of a inch, (any smaller and too much UVB light will be blocked out). Most people that use screens sit their lights on top of them over the basking area. For a strip light, I wouldn\'t use a screen or any other barrier. When a turtle is swim...
by mariza
Thu Dec 02, 2004 7:56 pm
Forum: Turtle Indoor Setups
Topic: heaters?
Replies: 35
Views: 1595

Re: heaters?

You should let the heater sit unplugged for about 15 minutes in the water before plugging it in. This allows it to adjust to the temp--less chance of cracking or breaking glass. Some brands are more accurate than others when it comes to temp. Using a heater guard will lower the temp by a degree or t...
by mariza
Thu Dec 02, 2004 7:49 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: Can we help a turtle to Hibernate?
Replies: 10
Views: 586

Re: Can we help a turtle to Hibernate?

Just stopped in to see what\'s going on. :)
by mariza
Thu Dec 02, 2004 7:15 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: Can we help a turtle to Hibernate?
Replies: 10
Views: 586

Re: Can we help a turtle to Hibernate?

BTW, the above list isn\'t that comprehensive. Missing are two basic (and helpful) articles on hibernation: http://www.anapsid.org/hibernation.html and http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Articles/danas.htm There are more if you look.
by mariza
Tue Nov 23, 2004 8:34 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: very sick baby red ear slider - please help
Replies: 27
Views: 1309

Re: very sick baby red ear slider - please help

What happened with the other herp vets in the Tokyo area?
by mariza
Mon Nov 15, 2004 8:08 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: 2 questions on turtle aggression
Replies: 3
Views: 340

Re: 2 questions on turtle aggression

I think turtles (or any animal for that matter) can sense when one is \"different.\" I\'m carrying for 5 Eastern Painted hatchlings that are six weeks old. One is a preemie and was less than half the size of the others. I initially had them together, but quickly separated him from the others when I ...
by mariza
Sat Nov 13, 2004 5:30 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: turtle help
Replies: 3
Views: 658

Re: turtle help

I\'d separate him, keep him warm (water about 80F, basking area 90F) and get him to a herp vet ASAP. Try also www.arav.org/USMembers.htm for a herp vet. Good luck.
by mariza
Mon Nov 08, 2004 7:29 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Does Anybody Know My RES\' Problem?
Replies: 3
Views: 788

Re: Does Anybody Know My RES\' Problem?

Sounds like it may be an abcess. It would be good to take your turtle to a herp vet to be treated.
by mariza
Tue Nov 02, 2004 3:28 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Is it ok for my RES to eat this way?
Replies: 5
Views: 794

Re: Is it ok for my RES to eat this way?

Turtles have no concept of nutritional balance so you have to. The Reptomin should be a staple in their diet and alternated with the other foods you said they like. Giving them only what they like will insure they\'ll become fussy eaters (as they already are starting to be) and most likely eventuall...
by mariza
Fri Oct 29, 2004 12:42 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: very sick baby red ear slider - please help
Replies: 27
Views: 1309

Re: very sick baby red ear slider - please help

One more thing--if for some reason the Reptile Clinic doesn\'t pan out, look at www.arav.org/Members/Japan.htm for some other addresses of herp vets (unfortunately, none are in Saitama).
by mariza
Thu Oct 28, 2004 7:53 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: very sick baby red ear slider - please help
Replies: 27
Views: 1309

Re: very sick baby red ear slider - please help

Do you have a submersible water heater (from your post, it sounds like you don\'t)? If you\'re in Tokyo, go to Tokyu Hands (the stores are in other cities as well) and get one. Also get a red heat lamp to use 24/7 to keep the ambient air in the tank warm. I\'ll post the number of the clinic tomorrow...
by mariza
Mon Oct 25, 2004 7:30 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Non eating 1.25\" RES
Replies: 12
Views: 1402

Re: Non eating 1.25\" RES

I wouldn\'t take a sick turtle out if the temp is in the 50\'s (would take a healthy turtle out either). That \"UVB flourescent tube\"--what brand is it? How long have you been using it? Can your turtle bask under it? (If it\'s more than 12 inches away from your turtle it\'s not helping at all.)
by mariza
Sat Oct 23, 2004 4:00 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: playing with turtle?
Replies: 6
Views: 537

Re: playing with turtle?

You don\'t \"play\" with turtles like you do dogs and cats (too much handling even stresses them out). Having objects in the tank as as suggested is good; they\'re naturally curious and can spend a lot of time entertaining themselves if they have something to do (my turtle loves just pushing his roc...
by mariza
Sat Oct 23, 2004 3:56 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Constant Yawning :(
Replies: 14
Views: 3072

Re: Constant Yawning :(

Markris17, he needs a submersible water heater and warmth as suggested above constantly. Having him be warm and then cool off will not help him fight the infection and could make it chronic. Read the info at http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Articles/winterizing.htm With cooler weather, it\'s importa...
by mariza
Sat Oct 23, 2004 3:52 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: 2 x res
Replies: 4
Views: 651

Re: 2 x res

It\'s not OK. The baby would most likely be lunch for the big one.
by mariza
Sat Oct 23, 2004 3:50 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: RES \"crying\"
Replies: 8
Views: 796

Re: RES \"crying\"

Strangely, I do remember having heard of people saying their turtles have made such a sound (I haven\'t heard it personally, though, and have seen it mentioned only rarely). Are your turtles healthy (no wheezing, open-mouth breathing, mucus coming from the mouth or nose, tilting in the water)? Assum...
by mariza
Fri Oct 22, 2004 4:52 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: A very sick box turtle ??? please help!
Replies: 9
Views: 594

Re: A very sick box turtle ??? please help!

See if some of the info at http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/medeyes.htm can help. If I were you, I\'d take him to a herp vet. He\'s a gorgeous animal.

Also try posting on other sites that have box turtle forums like www.turtleforum.com Someone could help you more quickly there. Good luck.
by mariza
Fri Oct 22, 2004 4:46 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Constant Yawning :(
Replies: 14
Views: 3072

Re: Constant Yawning :(

The gaping/yawning and gasping are a few of the signs of a respiratory infection, which if not treated is likely to turn into pneumonia, which if not treated is fatal. (Other symptoms include mucus from the mouth or nose, swollen eyes and tilting to one side in the water (a sure sign of pneumonia). ...
by mariza
Thu Oct 21, 2004 7:48 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: my turtle wont eat
Replies: 12
Views: 1076

Re: my turtle wont eat

How big/old are your turtles? If a hatchling/young, about 78F (or a degree or two above); if an adult, about 76F.
by mariza
Thu Oct 21, 2004 6:22 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: putting outside?
Replies: 3
Views: 315

Re: putting outside?

Yaya is correct, and you shouldn\'t try to hibernate a turtle if you don\'t know what your doing (they need suitable conditions). You have 3 turtles in what size tank? If the largest one is 3 inches across she must be about 4 inches long (shell length)? If so, she alone should have a 40-gallon tank ...
by mariza
Sat Oct 16, 2004 4:32 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Water temp
Replies: 3
Views: 451

Re: Water temp

Before you consider hibernating your turtle, read up on it (you don\'t just let them \"go to sleep\"). Look at http://www.chelonia.org/Articles/hibernationpaula.htm Rather than let him languish in cold water, get him a submersible water heater to keep the temp at 78F; basking area should be 85-90F.
by mariza
Fri Oct 15, 2004 3:53 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: TANK SIZE OK?
Replies: 18
Views: 1284

Re: TANK SIZE OK?

As a guide, you should allow 10 gallons of tank per inch of shell LENGTH, not width. If your turtles are 3.5 inches and 4.5 inches wide, they must be longer. If, for example, their lengths were about 5 and 6 inches, they should ideally be in something like a 110-gallon tank/container. RES can be agg...
by mariza
Wed Oct 13, 2004 6:48 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: where to find product
Replies: 18
Views: 1166

Re: where to find product

There is no one vitamin that will cure shell rot.
by mariza
Tue Oct 12, 2004 7:49 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: where to find product
Replies: 18
Views: 1166

Re: where to find product

I\'ve only seen acriflavin available on line. If your turtle has shell rot to the point that he needs silverdine, it would be better to take him to a herp vet for treatment (and if you\'re really aren\'t sure what he has, for a diagnosis).
by mariza
Mon Oct 04, 2004 3:22 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: basking no more
Replies: 8
Views: 358

Re: basking no more

If the full spectrum light doesn\'t say it provides UVB rays, it\'s not mimicking sunlight, which produces high amounts of UVB rays. (But if they come through a window or other barrier, the UVB rays are filtered out.)
by mariza
Sat Oct 02, 2004 4:09 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: basking no more
Replies: 8
Views: 358

Re: basking no more

Full spectrum doesn\'t mean the light gives off UVB rays, which your turtle needs (the package the light came in should say say that it gives off UVB rays). If you want your frogs to look nice and your turtle to be healthy, put them in separate set-ups, with the appropriate lighting for each. Otherw...
by mariza
Sat Oct 02, 2004 4:03 pm
Forum: Turtle Indoor Setups
Topic: Question about tank size
Replies: 6
Views: 855

Re: Question about tank size

Or just wait and get a turtle after you already have the bigger tank/container. (Get the biggest you can.)
by mariza
Sat Oct 02, 2004 3:53 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Red Ear Slider not eating
Replies: 3
Views: 709

Re: Red Ear Slider not eating

BTW, RES have to eat in water, so if you\'ve been trying to feed him out of the water while he\'s been in the box, it\'s no wonder that he won\'t eat.
by mariza
Sat Oct 02, 2004 3:44 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: URGENT Wild Baby Spotted Turtle won\'t eat
Replies: 4
Views: 654

Re: URGENT Wild Baby Spotted Turtle won\'t eat

Don\'t know where you live, but if you\'re in an area where the temps are getting cooler with autumn, I wouldn\'t wait too long before releasing him. He needs to have sufficient time to find a place to hibernate, otherwise he won\'t survive the winter. (If he\'s really small or seems ill, you might ...
by mariza
Sat Oct 02, 2004 1:50 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Eye Infection?
Replies: 3
Views: 619

Re: Eye Infection?

Dixee, eye infections become common when a turtle isn\'t properly taken care of.
by mariza
Sat Oct 02, 2004 1:47 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: basking no more
Replies: 8
Views: 358

Re: basking no more

If it\'s a flourescent light for fish, it\'s not correct for turtles--it must say that it gives off UVB rays. There should be no barrier (glass, plastic, etc.) between the UVB light and the turtle. Flourescent lights don\'t give off heat, so a basking light is needed (can be a regular light bulb). B...
by mariza
Wed Sep 29, 2004 7:29 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Is my RES shell sick??
Replies: 1
Views: 485

Re: Is my RES shell sick??

Can you post a picture of the shell? Does it look anything like the shellrot picture at http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/medshell.htm ?
by mariza
Wed Sep 29, 2004 7:22 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Sore On My Turtle
Replies: 5
Views: 497

Re: Sore On My Turtle

By \"on his neck\" do you mean the area near the back of his red streak? Does the \"zit\" seem to be getting bigger? It possibly could be an ear abcess. If so, it should be lanced and drained by a herp vet and your turtle should be given antibiotics to fight the infection, which it is what is the re...
by mariza
Wed Sep 29, 2004 7:16 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: contradictions?!!
Replies: 6
Views: 450

Re: contradictions?!!

I wouldn\'t feed cornflakes, glucose biscuits or bread... What is the temp of the water and basking area? For a healthy hatchling, 78F would be good and and basking area somewhere in the range of 85-90F would be OK. Do you have a submersible water heater for your turtles? If the temp isn\'t as above...
by mariza
Wed Sep 29, 2004 7:03 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Please Help
Replies: 4
Views: 474

Re: Please Help

If you want to find another vet just in case you feel you need one, try www.arav.org.USMembers.htm or www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/vetlisting.htm
by mariza
Wed Sep 29, 2004 6:57 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: Feeding 7 month RES turtles
Replies: 4
Views: 502

Re: Feeding 7 month RES turtles

For food like pellets, up to a year feed once daily and after a year feed every other day. A varied diet is important, and plant matter becomes increasingly important as they age (they become more omnivorous). You can offer them veggies/aquatic plants daily (stay away from spinach, iceberg lettuce, ...
by mariza
Wed Sep 29, 2004 6:53 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: Big turtles/ Little turtles ?
Replies: 6
Views: 568

Re: Big turtles/ Little turtles ?

Is your aunt\'s set-up big enough for 2 turtles? (Based on what you said about their size, she should have at least a 100-gallon tank for them now and should go even bigger as they grow (10 gallons of tank per inch of shell length). If she doesn\'t have enough space for them, aggression is more like...