Buying a Painted Turtle

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Are you looking to add a Painted turtle to your inventory of pets? If so, ask your local pet store associate if they carry any of this species of turtle. If they don’t, they might be able to place one on order or hold. When looking for a Painted turtle, make sure you know ahead of time if his personality will be compatible with your family’s. Also check about the rules for owning a turtle in your area. Some states, towns or even counties have rules and regulations when it comes to owning a turtle. For instance, because turtles have been known to carry salmonella, some distributors prefer you not have a turtle at all. When looking at potential turtles, make sure their eyes are bright and alert and that they don’t make any stops to others is something to watch for. Talk with your veterinarian Sugar Land, TX for more information.


Food Aggression in Turtles

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Turtles are by nature single and independent creatures. They like to know the presence of other turtles nearby, but they don’t do so well with another turtle living in the same, closed in habitat. For this reason, be very careful when feeding your turtle. Food aggression is common because turtles have a sense of belonging when it comes to anything and everything they believe to be theirs. Turtles will fight for their food and may even bite you in the process should you get in the way. Call your vet and talk to him about your turtle’s aggression. Your vet may advise that you get a bigger habitat for your turtle or you keep all of your turtles completely separate from one another. Feeding your turtle at the same time daily may help ease the fear of not getting fed or the fear of having its food taken by other turtles. For more suggestion, talk with your veterinarian Sugar Land, TX.




Map Turtles and Blinking

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If you’ve been watching your Map turtle for a long period of time and haven’t seen him blink, don’t panic. Some turtles don’t blink their eyes while other turtles shut and open their eyes slowly. If you are concerned, call your vet and schedule an appointment for your turtle to get a checkup. Some turtle species such as the snapping turtle can’t blink at all. This is rare. Your Map turtle and most other turtle breeds do blink their eyes by moving their membranes similar to the way people do. They may do so slower than typical blinking in humans. Watch your turtle slowly and for a time and you will most likely see a blink or slow shutting and opening of the eyes. If your turtle is blinking excessively, check water chemical levels to ensure ammonia is not building up in the water. For more details contact your local http://staffordoaksvet.com/


Map Turtles and Loneliness

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Map turtles and other breeds of the turtle species can occasionally become lonely if they don’t interact with other turtle or reptiles. If your Map turtle goes from being a highly active turtle to a slow, turtle that appears to be moping about then he may be lonely. Changes in behavior can also be signs of illness or even depression so make sure you call your vet and have him examine your turtle to find out what’s causing the mood changes. If it is loneliness, then you may want to consider bringing another Map turtle into the habitat. Be careful, though, turtles are not typically social creatures. They like the idea of a neighbor or friend more than actually being in the same habitat as them. Make sure you have a large enough habitat that the two turtles can be in separate areas. For more details, talk with your veterinary clinic Sugar Land, TX.


Symptoms of Mouth Rot in Wood Turtles

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Mouth rot can be a common condition found in various pet turtles including the Wood turtle. If you notice that your turtle is not behaving like his usual self, you should call the vet. You may also want to take a look at your turtle’s gums and mouth area (if he allows you to). If you notice inflammation or small hemorrhages on the gums or large amounts of mucus in the mouth then your Wood turtle may have mouth rot. This condition can also appear on the inside edge of the mouth near the lip area. You may notice a swelling in the mouth or head area as well. Your vet will need to examine your turtle to make a proper diagnosis. In some cases, mouth rot can be caused by stress, poorly regulated temperature in the enclosure, parasites, trauma, malnutrition, and overcrowding. Always seek immediate treatment from your veterinary clinic Poway, CA.
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