Pet Turtle Care : Turtle Disease Symptoms


Hi. My name is Tim Cole. I’m with the Austin
Reptile Service and I’ve been keeping reptiles and amphibians for over forty years. And we’re
going to talk about turtle diseases. One of the more common diseases is vitamin deficiencies
which comes about because the animals have not been given the necessary vitamins or ultraviolet
light that they require to process their food. One of the first signs of this is they’ll
get eyes that are gummed up or swollen. They can’t open their eyes. And when they can’t
open their eyes, they don’t feed. Calcium deficiencies are fairly common. Once again,
if UV light or calcium powder is not supplemented with their food, their shell becomes soft,
their legs can become brittle. Some turtles are susceptible to skin diseases, depending
on the PH of the water. Alligator snappers are a good example. They come from water that
has a low PH. If you put them in an aquarium with high PH and don’t treat the water, they
will eventually die to a skin disease. Several turtles require brackish water, or partial
salt water. Diamondback terrapins is a good example of that. So, there’s variety of diseases
that come about from not getting the right husbandry. Misshaped shell is from a lack
of calcium. And, quite often, turtles can get these conditions.

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