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by mariza
Fri Jan 07, 2005 5:16 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: shell rot
Replies: 30
Views: 4383

Re: shell rot

As far as I know, it\'s by prescription. Maybe someone else knows. (You can buy Nolvasan on the internet. I\'ve read of some people doing it.)
by mariza
Wed Jan 05, 2005 7:57 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: shell rot
Replies: 30
Views: 4383

Re: shell rot

by mariza
Wed Jan 05, 2005 6:50 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: shell rot
Replies: 30
Views: 4383

Re: shell rot

A member on another site has a turtle with severe shell rot. To get to the rot so the turtle could heal, she had to remove about 75% of the carapace scutes. (If the rot is trapped underneath, the shell won\'t heal.) Treatment that was recommended was either full strength Betadine or Nolvasan/chlorhe...
by mariza
Wed Jan 05, 2005 6:32 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: shell rot
Replies: 30
Views: 4383

Re: shell rot

I also sent you an email...
by mariza
Wed Jan 05, 2005 6:06 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: shell rot
Replies: 30
Views: 4383

Re: shell rot

You might have to dry dock her all the time for a while with two 1-hour breaks where she can get hydrated (and eat).
by mariza
Wed Jan 05, 2005 5:18 pm
Forum: Land Turtles and Tortoises
Topic: pyramids
Replies: 19
Views: 4746

Re: pyramids

4. Too much grocery produce containing too much moisture, few vitamins and little fiber.
by mariza
Wed Jan 05, 2005 4:58 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: slime?
Replies: 7
Views: 1003

Re: slime?

Use diluted white vinegar and a little elbow grease to clean. Rinse the tank well before refilling it.
by mariza
Wed Jan 05, 2005 4:54 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: shell rot
Replies: 30
Views: 4383

Re: shell rot

Sorry, forgot I had given you that link (it was a while back, I think). Can you get something from Nolvasan and Silvadine cream from a vet? I\'d continue the dry docking--the shell rot won\'t go away without it. When you dry dock, how exactly are you doing it (how long out of the water and how long ...
by mariza
Wed Jan 05, 2005 4:12 pm
Forum: Turtle Indoor Setups
Topic: Rubbermaid won\'t last long?
Replies: 7
Views: 995

Re: Rubbermaid won\'t last long?

Rubbermaids were not meant to hold water, especially a lot of water (they\'re storage containers, remember). If you put a lot of water in one, it will bow out on the sides and eventually break/split from the weigh of the water. If you\'re using electrical equipment if this happens (heater, lights, f...
by mariza
Wed Jan 05, 2005 4:03 pm
Forum: Turtle Indoor Setups
Topic: Lighting needs?
Replies: 15
Views: 1300

Re: Lighting needs?

I\'ve posted about this before (and can\'t believe I\'m doing it again). There is a big difference between DIRECT sunlight and UNFILTERED sunlight. Direct sunlight through a window doesn\'t benefit a turtle other than give him light and some warmth. The UVB rays that are produced by the sun are filt...
by mariza
Wed Jan 05, 2005 3:50 pm
Forum: Land Turtles and Tortoises
Topic: pyramids
Replies: 19
Views: 4746

Re: pyramids

The degree to which it can be reversed depends on the age of the turtle (and how long the condition has existed). If you feed your turtle a balanced diet and don\'t overfeed in addition to a proper habitat, you shouldn\'t have to worry about pyramiding.
by mariza
Wed Jan 05, 2005 3:45 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: shell rot
Replies: 30
Views: 4383

Re: shell rot

How bad is the shell rot? Take a look at http://www.turtlepuddle.org/health/shellrot.html for some info that may help.
by mariza
Wed Jan 05, 2005 3:37 pm
Forum: Turtle/Tortoise Feeding
Topic: What else can I feed them?
Replies: 50
Views: 6892

Re: What else can I feed them?

Be very careful about feeding bananas to turtles. Bananas are high in potassium and phosphorus, both of which can interfere with calcium absorption/metabolism. Captive turtles generally get too much of these minerals in the diet already. Bananas also are easily addictive, and a turtle can start refu...
by mariza
Thu Dec 30, 2004 3:17 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: UVB Question
Replies: 4
Views: 494

Re: UVB Question

Windows, plexiglass, ANYTHING between the sun and the turtle will block the UVB rays a turtle needs to make Vit D3, which is needed for calcium absorption and a healthy shell. Without adequate Vit D3, a turtle\'s shell will eventually soften and if left untreated the turtle will die. Through a windo...
by mariza
Thu Dec 30, 2004 3:13 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: Mites
Replies: 4
Views: 531

Re: Mites

Info on the subject is here: http://www.anapsid.org/mites.html
by mariza
Tue Dec 28, 2004 5:41 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: My turtles won\'t eat they Repto Min Food Sticks
Replies: 19
Views: 2850

Re: My turtles won\'t eat they Repto Min Food Sticks

Your turtles haven\'t had a balanced diet and there\'s a chance that the swollen eyes are due to Vit A deficiency. Cod liver oil is high in Vit A. It is NOT meant to be put in the eyes, just on the lids so it can be absorbed. The temps should be as described in previous posts to allow their immune s...
by mariza
Mon Dec 27, 2004 7:41 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: boxie getting worse....
Replies: 14
Views: 742

Re: boxie getting worse....

Try here also to see if there\'s any other herp vet near you: http://www.arav.org/USMembers.htm
by mariza
Mon Dec 27, 2004 7:31 pm
Forum: Turtle Indoor Setups
Topic: Canister Filter
Replies: 3
Views: 776

Re: Canister Filter

Filters don\'t stop algae unless you get one that has a UV sterilizer, which is more expensive.
by mariza
Mon Dec 27, 2004 7:25 pm
Forum: Turtle Indoor Setups
Topic: Thinking about getting a RES...
Replies: 7
Views: 1020

Re: Thinking about getting a RES...

BTW, artsofnature does not have a good reputation, I can\'t say anything about the other place you mentioned. I\'ve read that a place called Turtle Town is good, however.
by mariza
Mon Dec 27, 2004 6:40 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: PH Question
Replies: 3
Views: 315

Re: PH Question

You can buy a Ph testing kit at any pet shop/store that sell supplies for fish. Follow the direction on the box. (But ammonia and nitrites are even more important to test for.)
by mariza
Mon Dec 27, 2004 6:38 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: Food Question
Replies: 3
Views: 445

Re: Food Question

Yes, earthworms are OK (but not only earthworms--they need a varied diet). Whether you cut them up or not depends on how big they are and whether your turtle can eat them.
by mariza
Mon Dec 27, 2004 6:34 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: My turtles won\'t eat they Repto Min Food Sticks
Replies: 19
Views: 2850

Re: My turtles won\'t eat they Repto Min Food Sticks

Your turtle can\'t eat what they can\'t see. Are you saying they just won\'t eat Reptomin but will eat other things or that they won\'t eat other foods period. Stop feeding them the shrimp--it\'s an unbalanced diet that\'s helped get them to the point they\'re at today. Try moistening a stick of the...
by mariza
Mon Dec 27, 2004 6:24 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Hibrenate Question
Replies: 2
Views: 302

Re: Hibrenate Question

In the wild turtles burrow in the mud under the water to hibernate in temps that are cooler than they would be in a tank indoors. What\'s the water temp in your tank (should be 76-78F). If the water temp is too cool they\'ll become inactive and won\'t be able to eat, but they won\'t truly hibernate ...
by mariza
Mon Dec 27, 2004 6:16 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: tumor
Replies: 4
Views: 431

Re: tumor

Take your turtle to a herp vet. This sounds like something that requires a vet\'s care, not suggestions from this board.
by mariza
Mon Dec 27, 2004 6:09 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: PH Question
Replies: 3
Views: 315

Re: PH Question

Ph refers to the acidity/alkalinity of the water. A ph of 7.0 is neutral. The lower the number from that, the more acidic the water is; the higher the number the more alkaline the water is. The ph of the water affects some species more than others; RES are fairly tolerant. A ph of around 7.0 is fine.
by mariza
Mon Dec 27, 2004 6:04 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: Food Question
Replies: 3
Views: 445

Re: Food Question

Stay away from spinach (it interferes with calcium absorption), broccoli, cabbage and ice berg lettuce (has no nutritional value). Leafy greens like dandelions, red leaf lettuce, kale, collard greens, chicory are good. See http://www.turtlepuddle.org/health/turtlefood.html for other ideas on what to...
by mariza
Mon Dec 27, 2004 6:01 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: I need help, please help me again.
Replies: 5
Views: 1095

Re: I need help, please help me again.

I wouldn\'t used glass cleaner or anything similar that has chemicals for fear that some would get into the water (or leave residue). Try cleaning with some diluted white vinegar and a little elbow grease and see if that doesn\'t work. Rinse well afterwards.
by mariza
Fri Dec 10, 2004 5:24 pm
Forum: Turtle Indoor Setups
Topic: Hot glue okay?
Replies: 10
Views: 975

Re: Hot glue okay?

If the plastic log is meant for aquariums/fish, then it\'s safe for turtles. If in doubt, I wouldn\'t use it.
by mariza
Fri Dec 10, 2004 5:21 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Shedding good/bad?
Replies: 11
Views: 756

Re: Shedding good/bad?

You\'re feeding him too much. The Reptomin Baby should be a staple in his diet and you can vary it with other things. For the pellets, a safe guide is to feed an amount equal to what would fit inside his head. Up to a year of age feed once a day. After a year of age feed every other day. Plant matte...
by mariza
Wed Dec 08, 2004 6:44 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: Spotted
Replies: 7
Views: 642

Re: Spotted

Here in CT they are protected and aren\'t found in pet/reptile stores.
by mariza
Wed Dec 08, 2004 6:41 pm
Forum: Turtle Indoor Setups
Topic: lighting problem :(
Replies: 3
Views: 566

Re: lighting problem :(

The \"UV light\" is a UVB light (flourescent)? You need both a UVB light and a heat light (this can be a regular lightbulb). Mimic the hours of the day that they\'re on, a little longer in the summer when the days are longer, a little shorter in the winter when the days are shorter. An average of 12...
by mariza
Wed Dec 08, 2004 6:38 pm
Forum: Turtle Indoor Setups
Topic: Rubbermaid instead of an aquarium?
Replies: 22
Views: 2279

Re: Rubbermaid instead of an aquarium?

No, I don\'t know exactly. But the deeper the water the more UVB rays are blocked out (a turtle swimming on the surface would get more than a turtle swimming under the water).
by mariza
Wed Dec 08, 2004 6:35 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: free turtles??
Replies: 5
Views: 374

Re: free turtles??

How does this help? All it does is force a person to buy more because they\'ve now got an extra turtle.
by mariza
Wed Dec 08, 2004 6:31 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Shedding good/bad?
Replies: 11
Views: 756

Re: Shedding good/bad?

If he\'s healthy, lowering the water temp to about 78F would be good. What are you feeding him, how much and how often?
by mariza
Wed Dec 08, 2004 6:30 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: Gold like Spots on Shell
Replies: 9
Views: 1155

Re: Gold like Spots on Shell

Scutes that have air trapped under them when a turtle is going to shed will often look a metalic color, especially when the turtle is in the water. Glad to hear you\'re getting them UVB lights.
by mariza
Mon Dec 06, 2004 5:31 pm
Forum: Turtle Indoor Setups
Topic: Rubbermaid instead of an aquarium?
Replies: 22
Views: 2279

Re: Rubbermaid instead of an aquarium?

Yes you may :). I was referring to a combination UVB/UVA mercury vapor light, which provides UVB rays (more than convention UVB lights), UVA rays and heat. It\'s designed to do the work of a UVB light and basking light. The most popular ones are ZooMed\'s Powersun and R-Rex\'s Active UVHeat bulbs (t...
by mariza
Mon Dec 06, 2004 5:08 pm
Forum: Turtle First Aid
Topic: help with RES possible shell problem...
Replies: 4
Views: 408

Re: help with RES possible shell problem...

I agree with yaya about the mineral build-up. Check out that link.
by mariza
Mon Dec 06, 2004 5:03 pm
Forum: General Turtle Chat
Topic: Quick Question
Replies: 8
Views: 579

Re: Quick Question

You can\'t really know if two turtles will get along. One thing that will help, however, is to have them in a tank/container that\'s large enough for them. Allow 10 gallons of tank per inch of shell length for each turtle. At three year of age, your turtles are 4-5 inches? If they\'re 4 inches, they...