Can turtles die from ear abscess?

At this time aural abscesses do not appear to cause high rates of mortality in reptile and turtle populations and thus management is not necessary. Captive turtles should be kept in suitable living conditions and be given sufficient vitamin A to help prevent the development of aural abscesses.

Do turtle ear infections go away on their own?

Usually, very little bleeding occurs, and the ear canal is flushed to remove all pieces. The wound opening is left open and will heal on its own. Depending on how bad the aural abscess is, your veterinarian may choose to give antibiotics before surgery.

What should I put in my red eared slider turtle tank?

Substrate, the material that lines the bottom of the tank, offers a way for the turtle to move between water and basking rocks with ease. River rocks provide a space for your turtle to bask. You could also make a basking spot from a plexiglass shelf glued to the side of the tank. Check that the glue is non-toxic.

How long does a red eared slider turtle live?

Make sure you’re aware of what goes into caring for a turtle. Consider the time commitment. The average lifespan is around 20 – 30 years, with some sliders living even longer than this. Be sure your future lifestyle can adapt to include a long term turtle companion.

Why does my turtle have a lump on the side of its head?

If you notice lumps, bumps or swelling under the skin of a turtle, it might be a sign of an abscess. These can occur pretty much anywhere on a turtle. Turtles are susceptible to middle ear infections which can result in an aural abscess that can be seen on the side of their heads.

Why does my red eared slider have bladder stones?

Aquatic turtles such as the red-eared slider have several unique problems. Understanding these problems will allow you to better care for your pet and minimize future health care issues. Commonly called bladder stones, these occur when minerals from the diet form crystals, which then form stones. This usually results from improper nutrition.

Can a red ear slider turtle drown in the water?

Red-eared sliders are strong swimmers, so you don’t need to worry about drowning as long as the turtle can get out of the water and there is no place it can get trapped underwater. The basking area for your turtle can be provided by stacking smooth rocks and sloping large smooth gravel to one side to make a land area.

What to do with a red eared slider?

Substrate – Slate, rock or gravel that is too large to eat is optional; water for swimming area; some aquatic turtles require a shallow area they can rest in the water with their head sticking out. Red-eared sliders require a turtle dock area to bask out of the water; create basking areas for easy entry and exit to water.

How big of a tank does a red ear slider need?

Size – Appropriately sized habitat, at least a 40 gallon breeder tank with a screened lid so the turtle can’t escape. A good rule of thumb is 10 gallons per inch of turtle; adult turtles will require more room. Be sure the habitat selected is wide enough o give the turtle room to comfortably turn around.

Why does a red ear slider turtle make a hissing noise?

Although, there have been many reports from red-eared slider owners that they often get hissing sounds, but, the fact is, the sounds do not come from their mouth. Turtles do not make noises. Such sounds might often be emitted from the turtles while expelling air from their lungs so that they are able to retreat into their shells.