How neat is this…if you’re in middle school or high school, your class can enroll in a Sea Turtle Rescue 911 program at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center at Jekyll Island. I wish they had this when I was in school. I would have campaign for this as a class outing.
(Photo courtesy of Georgia Sea Turtle Center.)
Make sure your smoke detector is fully functional…
Emma Fox had brought 70-year-old Fred inside when the pet came out of hibernation early.
Emma, 30, and partner Paul Butler, 45, left Fred â€“ a female â€“ in a tank under a heat lamp to keep her warm enough to stay alive.
But Fred piled her dry straw under the lamp and it caught alight, spreading flames through the house.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I said I would be starting an advice column on the first and third Friday of every month. Now, I know your thinking I’m stupid, because here it is a Monday and I’m getting ready to post my first advice question.
Well, as it goes, I decided that Friday’s were just too busy for me and have changed the date to Monday’s. I have an irregular work week and Monday’s happen to be a day off for me, so this works quite well.
After my announcement, two girls logged into the Georgia Public Library System thought they would be funny by sending me questions regarding how to make turtle soup and how to get rid of turtles with suggestions of shoving them up one’s butt. Don’t hold your breathe on my answering those questions, ladies.
That aside, here is the first question of the first column. Woohoo!
I have a red eared slider, approx. 10 years old.Â She has stopped eating.Â No matter what we try, pelletes for aquatic turtles or lean meat, even small fish. she refuses to eat.Â I’ve also noticed some small soft brown spots on her shell.Â Can you help?
If you still have your turtle and she hasn’t improved, I would recommend you take her to a veterinarian who is trained in reptiles immediately. While the lack of eating can be due to many things, the brown spots sound like the onset of shell rot. Shell rot is caused by organisms that penetrate the shell through scratches or abrasions. Once in, they start to eat away at the shell and eventually at the body of the turtle, leading to serious infections and potentially death.
As for the lack of eating, that maybe be related to the potential shell rot. Again, here it would also be good for you to get a fecal sample and have a veterinarian analyze it.
The easiest way to get a fecal sample is to put your turtle in a plastic container with breathing holes and a centimeter of water over night. If your turtle likes to roam, make sure you put a lid on the container otherwise you might be in for a game of turtle hide and seek in the morning. In the morning, you should have a fresh fecal sample to take to your veterinarian. (Fecal samples should not be older than 4 hours. You will want to keep them refrigerated as well.)
Now, to answer the actual question, here are several reasons your turtle might not be eating:
If eating doesn’t happen in two weeks and you think you’ve done everything right, definitely take them to a veterinarian. Something else might be going on that you can’t see.