General Care Discussion :: white film around red eared sliders head

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Post Posted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 6:47 pm   white film around red eared sliders head

hello!

i just signed up on this site a minute ago, i found it googling around for info about my red eared slider...i'm familiar with forums, just not this one, i'm a noob, be nice please :)


so i just cleaned his tank out today & i noticed a lot of white filmy stuff around his neck & on his legs, i keep him in the bathtub while cleaning his tank & when i went to get him back out it was like hanging off of him. i tried to pull it, it was slimy, i ran a little bit of water over him from the faucet & it seemed to help, a good bit came off of him.

i just went out for a few hours, came back home, & there is some floating in his tank & around his neck again...i just read to give him a warm salt water bath for about a half hour, which i'm going to do now.

how can i tell if it's his skin shedding or if it's a fungal infection? :(
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 6:52 pm   

Well first of all i must say hopefully you wash your bathtub after he is removed? because i dont think people will like bathing in turtle water if you know what i mean.

can you post a pic of his neck?
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 6:55 pm   

hahaha oh yes, i scrub it out after i'm done! once it gets warmer & stores start selling baby pools i'm going to get one to keep him in...i just don't have anything except like coolers & garbage cans that i could keep him in while i clean the tank, haha.

yes, i'm going to take one now, & then try to figure out how to post it on here... can i upload on tinypic.com & just use the link they give you for forums?
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 6:57 pm   

Yep thats what i use tiny pic
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:01 pm   

Could be shedding. Is she scratching it?
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:11 pm   

The stuff floating in his water is all of the white pieces of film..it was hard to not get the reflection of the light..sorry :shock:


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Post Posted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:11 pm   

Nope, he doesn't seem to mind that it's there, he hasn't scratched at it or anything.
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:13 pm   

That looks like shredded skin to me.
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:13 pm   

You can see it hanging around his neck/face in this image:


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Post Posted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:16 pm   

Hm...could his skin be shedding because he's eating too much/growing? Or could it have something to do with his basking area not being warm enough?
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:33 pm   

its just shedding, mine do it allll the time. try not to pull it off and just let it fall off on its own.
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:43 pm   

What's your water temperature? Sometimes shedding is triggered by water that is a little too warm. Could also be overfeeding.
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