Causes of the health of the Red-eared Turtle
If the red-eared turtle does not eat anything and sleeps almost all the time, then there may be several reasons for this condition. Perhaps this is a consequence of a change of residence if you recently bought a turtle, or simply changed the water in the aquarium. After a few days, your pet will acclimatize, get used to the new composition of the water and become active again.
With the advent of autumn, sunny days are less and the turtle during this period becomes less active. Indeed, in nature, turtles need hibernation. But at home, the tortoise has only a slight decrease in its activity. If there are no signs of the disease, then this her condition will gradually pass in a couple of months with an increase in daylight hours. It’s not worth it to create conditions for hibernation of a freshwater domestic turtle.
However, it happens that the turtle falls asleep in the fall. Then you need to put it in a box, which put until spring in a moist and cool place. Around mid-March, the red-eared turtle should wake up. But if this does not happen, then the owner must wake her, otherwise the animal may die from prolonged dehydration and starvation. To wake up this “sleeping beauty”, it is necessary to gradually move the box with the turtle to a lighter and warmer place.
If you have acquired a male tortoise, then during sexual activity it becomes restless and can abruptly refuse food. This condition normalizes after the mating season has passed.
The owner of a red-eared turtle should know that for the normal health of this cold-blooded animal, it is necessary to maintain a temperature within 26-35 ° C. After all, the tortoise belongs to the class of reptiles that cannot independently maintain body temperature, as it happens, for example, in humans or other mammals. Therefore, if your turtle is sluggish, look at the readings of the water thermometer and, if necessary, increase the temperature of the water.
Sometimes, especially with a group of turtles, stronger individuals take food from the weak. If you notice this, then try to feed these turtles separately.
Trachemys are omnivorous, but it is better to feed these animals in half with vegetable and meat, but low-fat food. Turtles are very fond of fish. It is useful to diversify their food with bugs, grasshoppers, and even earthworms. For a tough shell, it is useful for turtles to give crushed bone meal. If you do not adhere to such a diet, then this can adversely affect the well-being of the animal.
In general, aquatic red-eared turtles are little adapted to our climate and therefore are susceptible to various diseases: pneumonia, constipation, and helminthiasis. For example, a turtle’s eyelids may become inflamed, she doesn’t want to eat and sits with her eyes closed. Or she may have nasal discharge, sneezing, bleeding. In any case, you should contact your veterinarian who will determine the cause of the turtle’s malaise and, if necessary, prescribe the appropriate treatment.