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we have a 40 gall.critter cage that we have made into a split pond/rock w/moss and have several tree frogs,an anole and 2 small sliders. everyone gets along fine.... we have been feeding them crickets and the turtle pellets. the turtles seem to like the \"dry\" side as much as the pond side. they like to burrow under the moss. is this normal? they both eat the crickets well. also- one of the turtles got dropped-opps and now has a smaLL CHIPPED SPOT ON THE EDGE of the shell but seems to be doing fine otherwise. what should we do? thx for the help!
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well he should be fine but if it looks bad of gets any bigger or you just wanna make sure then you can do this.....

Shell sores or holes in 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 Nolvosan several times a day, especially after soaking them. Keep your turtle warm. Drying out the affected area aids in the healing process. Take your turtle to the vet if the problem persists.

You can prevent this condition with a proper diet and clean water.


7) Repairing your turtle\'s shell:

If this is the first time you have had a turtle\'s shell crack on you, I strongly suggest the help of a veterinarian. Here are the basic steps in repairing the shell.

1. Wash the wound out with an antiseptic.
2. Apply an antibiotic.
3. Close the wound with an epoxy.
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BTW, they need to be eating more than crickets--crickets have little nutritional value (unless they\'re gut-loaded).
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