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Sick 9 year old turtle

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  1. Jennm

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    Hi there everyone,

    I'm not entirely sure what's wrong with my turtle. She's been floating inside her shell in the tank and spends a lot of her time on the ledge inside her shell. She went off her food and at that point I was really worried. She's spent the last week on antibiotics with a reptile place and we still can't work out what's wrong with her.

    Her limbs are quite limp and she prefers to be out of water most of the time. When she's out of the tank she's reasonably active. I have her out of the tank half the day and the other half in.

    Has anyone else had a similar experience with their turtle??
     
  2. Craig

    Craig Retired AFT Public Officer
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    Hi Jennm,

    I would keep her out of her tank in a clean tub of fresh water (changed daily) until you have your aquarium water tested fully.

    Has she been X-rayed at the veterinary clinic? There is a possibility she may be egg bound.

    Does your turtle have a skin infection or a soft shell?

    What are you feeding it?

    Please take some in-focus close up (macro) photos of your turtle from above and below to help us determine what is wrong. A few photos of your turtle aquarium set up will also help us determine what the problem is.
     
  3. Jennm

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    Hey Craig,

    Thanks for taking the time to respond ;).

    I decided today to take her to a vet that specialises in all sorts of animals and was recommended by the reptile centre that she's spent the last 5 days with.

    The vet there has said that she is very weak and that I may lose her. They're keeping her there for 2 weeks to monitor.

    She ate in the tank with my other turtle today (albeit very slowly). The vet has put her in a tank with live fish to see how weak she is. She asked me if I put salt in my tank which I thought was weird as she is a fresh water turtle??

    She doesn't have a skin infection and her shell is hard, so hard to know what's made her so weak? I guess there is a possibility that she's egg bound. How would I know??

    I've been feeding both turtles turtle dinners, blood worms and live guppies (she wasn't interested). Once I get her back (assuming she survives) I will take some pics to determine whether my set up is correct.

    Thanks again! This is a great site ;)
     
  4. Craig

    Craig Retired AFT Public Officer
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    Hi Jennm,

    Whereabouts do you live?

    A turtle that size should not be fed bloodworms. They are meant for fish or very small turtles.

    She should be fed some more natural foods like crickets, moths, garden worms, woodies and lots and lots of live fish. For the health of your turtles, please stop feeding them frozen foods like turtle dinners etc.

    Putting enough aquarium salt in with the water to amount to 0.4% is beneficial in keeping skin infections at bay, and does no harm whatsoever to your turtle, so they are correct in what they have told you.

    What is the Reptile Centre that you have mentioned?

    If you had X-rays taken, they would tell you if she is egg bound.
     
  5. Jennm

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    Hey Craig,

    I live in Canberra.

    I was only just made aware that blood worms are not ideal food for turtles.

    I also wasn't aware that turtle dinners, beef heart etc were no good for turtles. Especially since I've been feeding them these things for the last 8 years. I'm going to try and find where I can access some more fresh food as suggested. I just hope that my turtle survives to gain these benefits. Can you suggest anywhere??

    I'm assuming that aquarium salt is a specialised salt for these purposes?? I also didn't know that this was required.

    Reptiles Inc in Canberra is where I have taken her. They are very good there and are a wealth of information regarding reptiles generally. I was glad to have taken Billie there as Sarah suggested that I take her to this very good vet that doesn't charge through the nose for 'exotic pets' as some vets do.

    The vet that I've taken her to is keeping her for 2 weeks and I'm sure she will be doing everything she can to work out what's wrong with her including x-rays.

    Thanks for your advice ;)
     
  6. Deb

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    Most pet stores sell woodies, crickets and feeder fish (just make sure the feeder fish are not goldfish or comets as they contain thiaminase). Water snails (not garden snails) are also another food you could try as well as yabbies.

    The best salt to use is AFT Turtle salt as it has added ingredients that will benefit your turtle but you can use aquarium, pool salt or sea salt as long as it has no additives.
    Good luck with Billie
     
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    Aussiepride83 Super Moderator / AFT SUPPORTER
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    Hello Jennm, if you'd like any information on breeding your own live food for your turtles, check out http://www.australianfreshwaterturt...hp?138-Breeding-Fish-Yabbies-Prawns-Worms-etc Woodies (Native bush cockroaches) and compost worms are the easiest low maintenance inexpensive food source for your turtles. PM Brian Mercer (a member/moderator on this site) if you're interested in setting up a woodies colony and worm farm, he's your man! He set me up with 2,000 red wrigglers (he claims he only gave me 1,996 LOL) and a about 50 or so woodies... Well I now have literally hundreds of woodies in a continuous breeding cycle and thousands more worms in my worm farm... And 2 very happy turtles. ;)

    Also :aftwelcome:
    Below are some of the standard posts and threads we ask new members to have a look at:

    Please read the 'AFT Turtle Care Guide' :arrowright: AFT Freshwater Turtle Care Guide

    To understand why we make the recommendations that we do in the Care Guide
    please read this informative post :arrowright: Why we make the recommendations that we do here on AFT Part 1

    Also, it would be best to familiarise yourself with the skin infections care sheet located here :arrowright: Skin Infections

    After that, you can read the Most Common Mistakes made by novice keepers thread here :arrowright: Common Mistakes

    If your turtle is sick or injured and needs dry-docking :arrowright: Important Tips for Dry-Docking Sick Turtles

    If you have any questions about why we recommend Calgrit/Turtle Grit and River Sand instead of pebbles and small rocks,
    please read this thread as well :arrowright: Gravel Blockage-Very sick turtle!

    How to measure the
    Straight Carapace Length (SCL) of a Turtle's Shell :arrowright: Measuring the Straight Carapace Length of a turtles shell

    If you have any specific questions after that, please go ahead and ask. If you want to search a particular subject, look at the top of the page for the Advanced Search link and type in the word or topic you wish to learn about.
     
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