Is my painted turtle sick...division 2?
for the past few days my painted turtle has become lethargic, i can still catch him to eat but he seems to eat surrounded by slow motion. the tank water is always 78 and have not gone down so i don't think it is too cold bc he used to love it.
i am afraid he is not getting the vitamins he needs bc he HATES reptomin sticks (if i can trick him into eating one he will spit it out). his diet is adjectives crickets, brine shrimp and flies im afraid he is getting too much protein. i have anacris in the tank but he never eat it. how can i get him to eat veggies?
They NEED calcium and protein they get it from the fish meat and the fish bones. Drop 20 or so feeder guppies, goldfish or minnows in the cistern and watch them disappear in a few days! The more they eat the in good health the turtle. When I got these two 36 yrs ago all we had contained by back then were goldfish to nurture so after 36 yrs and still going strong. They can eat goldfish!
This way when they swim for their dinner they get exercise also!
TOSS contained by a bird cuttle bone in the water for calcium that will promote better shell growth, it will dissolve real slow and whether they eat it that’s fine!!
They can have garden worms, meal worms, snails, crickets, flies, crayfish small frogs, slugs, tadpoles dragon flies and anything that moves, but solitary as a treat.
They need leafy greens Romaine, Butter lettuce. (Iceberg and cabbage are bad for them, any other leafy greens will do) for vitamin A that they need at lowest 3 to 4 times a week. Drop it in the water...
They love grapes and strawberries and squash.
.**Swollen cloudy eyes which means undersupplied in Vitamin A. Which we all need for accurate eyes. Google ‘vegetables with Vitamin A.
Remember 10 gallons for every inch of turtle.
I have used kiddy pools and plastic pond liners from most nurseries and presently a 150 gal pond.
They are the coolest. Not cuddly pets at all.
Sliders, cooters , midland, painted, map, yellow bellied all are simply the same and require the same basic supervision.
Did you know that they need to bask under a reptile light UVA/UVB for up to 8 hrs a morning for the vitamin D that they need to grow. So that means getting a turtle dock also.
Leave the heater on 75 to 78 degree always.
These turtles in captivity do not hibernate their eating may slow down some but they will not hibernate.
They will bite thoroughly very hard.
Under 4" they carry a disease call 'salmonella'. So you must wash after every handling. These guys can become cannibalistic and will kill the smallest turtle if in attendance is not enough room and food. Two turtles should have a 55 gallon tank to start. TO START ! Cause whether they live you’ll need 100 gallons soon.
And my pictures don't lie. All ages and all sizes bring back along as long as their is allot for swim room and plenty to eat!
These guys in my pond get 400 plus goldfish a month. Leafy greens and fruits 4 times a week and plus electricity plus I also nurture dried cubed blood worms or tubiflex worms at least 5 times a week. For one turtle its still going to cost ya. The setup alone tank, Big tank, radiator, GOOD filter, UVA/UVB rep light, basking dock. Feeders, greens, fruits, dried turtle food. and electricity? YIKES that’s a lot of $$$$$$.
Their hose down needs to be clean otherwise they get sick slickly from dirty water cause they poop allot. You need a obedient filter system!
Total Body length: 5-8" average for males, up to 12 inches max for females. Life span: 15-25+ years
Males have the longer front nails and are used in mate. And are considered mature at about 5 yrs old. You can’t start sexing till in the order of 3” across.
Gravel larger than they can swallow.
They sleep at the bottom of rivers, streams. lakes or ponds or your tank to avoid predators like coyotes, foxes, owls, hawks, possums, raccoons and even some huge mouth bass and us humans.
You probably already know that they get sick easily, shell rot, respiratory sickness, lopsided swimming, coughing, blowing bubbles from their nose. Fungus white cotton patch on their skin, treat by adding a 1/4 of a cup of aquarium salt per 5 gallons to irritate and hopefully kill fungus. The extra of sulfa drugs such as those sold at pet stores under the name "Dr. Turtle" also should help execute fungus. Here is one source that sells Dr. Turtle. They also now sell a Sulfa dip by Zoo Med to treat microbes and/or fungus.
Contact the “www.anapsid.org/societies, for a turtle vet / RESCUE in your city and state or country..
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