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Turtle Check Up?

PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2021 9:53 pm
by Makasae
Hello! I am new to these forums in general so if I have posted this to the wrong place I apologize. Recently I have been taking more care of my sisters turtle since she neglects it most of the time(I feed, make sure waters fine, etc) and I realized I dont really know what denotes a healthy turtle! I am a pretty anxious person and want to make sure this turtle is getting his proper care so I took a few pictures to share with you guys.

He is pretty active, eats every other day(he does miss the floating pellets by miliimeters but eventually gets them) I used a probe to make sure his basking temp is perfect and water is always around 76-77F.

I mostly just want to make sure im doing everything right for the big guy. Thanks!

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/752014418530926614/839653906829017138/20210505_170134.jpg
https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/752014418530926614/839653907444924446/20210505_170154.jpg

BONUS: He doesnt eat live fish anymore so these 3 feeders got HUGE off his food haha
https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/752014418530926614/839653908283654154/20210505_170359.jpg

Re: Turtle Check Up?

PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2021 8:48 pm
by steve
Hi Makasae! It looks and sounds like you're doing pretty good. Does he also have a UVB light? I'd also try some veggies, as he might want something to nibble on during the day.

Re: Turtle Check Up?

PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2021 3:53 pm
by Makasae
steve wrote:Hi Makasae! It looks and sounds like you're doing pretty good. Does he also have a UVB light? I'd also try some veggies, as he might want something to nibble on during the day.


Hi Steve!

Thanks for your reply! im glad to hear he is doing well!

I totes forgot to add he has both a heat lamp and a UVB light, and yes! We occasionally put a big lettuce leaf in to nibble on, should I still give pellets when we put one in?

I was a little worried because I heard of shell curling and I thought his shell might be starting to curl around his back legs, but I guess thats normal.

Just double checking but the basking temp is around 85-90 last I checked, that should be good right?

Thanks again for helping out!

Re: Turtle Check Up?

PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2021 12:15 am
by steve
You can give a smaller amount of pellets, but it's not necessary. The shell looks relatively good, and at his size/age, shell deformities related to growth are probably not a risk.

The basking temps are fine, as long as he is basking. To be honest, my RES like it a little warmer but they have room on their platform to move around if they feel its too warm.

Re: Turtle Check Up?

PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2021 12:26 am
by Makasae
steve wrote:You can give a smaller amount of pellets, but it's not necessary. The shell looks relatively good, and at his size/age, shell deformities related to growth are probably not a risk.

The basking temps are fine, as long as he is basking. To be honest, my RES like it a little warmer but they have room on their platform to move around if they feel its too warm.


Hey sorry for the late reply! one of our kitties got sick so its been a little rough.

Thanks for your input! I def feel better about his health, I love seeing him swim around his huge tank hehe.

One more question! I notice when he is basking with his limbs extended he has "bags" that kinda look like fat where his limbs go back into, im guessin thats normal for a decade old turtle?

Re: Turtle Check Up?

PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2021 7:45 pm
by steve
Somewhat normal, depending on how it looks like.

Re: Turtle Check Up?

PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2021 6:30 pm
by Makasae
just like small bags, they dont hang over the bottom of his shell at all and I only see them when he is basking

Re: Turtle Check Up?

PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2021 7:42 pm
by steve
Do you have any pictures of it?