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Post Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2022 10:06 am   Musk Turtles Eyes Look Swollen

Background info:

20 gallon tank

30 gallon filter

UVB/heat lights (90 degrees)

Water Heater (82 degrees)

My hatchling musk turtle is sleeping a lot on her basking dock, no signs of lopsided swimming, no signs of mucus etc, but she tends to sleep a lot and when on the rock for a long time, when she wakes up, it’s like her eyes are too dried out to open unless she goes for a swim…

… she’s eating though not a lot (dried shrimp) but doesn’t like to eat her pellets yet.

I’ve included pictures of her eyes so you guys can help me figure this out.

Btw, last night I treated both her eyes with drops of pure cod liver oil. She seems a *little* bit more active, as in she’s opening her eyes more on the basking dock but still her eyes look a little strange.

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Post Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2022 8:48 pm   Re: Musk Turtles Eyes Look Swollen

What kind of UVB lights are you using and how long does she bask for, for this to happen?
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Post Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2022 10:30 pm   Re: Musk Turtles Eyes Look Swollen

Hi, after about 20 minutes it happens… and this is the link to the lights I have. Thank you

https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostor ... lsrc=aw.ds
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Post Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2022 7:38 am   Re: Musk Turtles Eyes Look Swollen

I'd keep the lights further away from her basking area. Even leave the uvb off for a couple of days to see if that helps. Try other things to see if she will eat more and try not to stress her out, like from excessive handling.
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Post Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2022 9:21 am   Re: Musk Turtles Eyes Look Swollen

Got it. Woke up this morning and she was swimming! I’ll take that as a good sign? And yes, I will readjust the lights. Thank you for your help.
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Post Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2022 11:15 am   Re: Musk Turtles Eyes Look Swollen

Swimming is a good sign, but make sure she's eating too. It can be hard to tell especially since pellets can break apart in water.
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Post Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2022 8:22 pm   Re: Musk Turtles Eyes Look Swollen

Hi Steve, she’s continuing to be active, she just done basking for 4 hours but woke up quicker, opened her eyes faster is overall more active. She only eats shrimp, she’s ignoring the pellets unfortunately. I have taken your advice and not handled her anymore… seems to be working. Also, the lights have been moved a little further away.
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Post Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2022 11:43 am   Re: Musk Turtles Eyes Look Swollen

What else have you tried feeding her? Shrimp should only be seen as a treat as there is little nutritional value for a hatchling.
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