Do turtles have slimy skin?

If your turtles shell is slimy or slippery but you cannot see any algae, it is more than likely bacteria. If the water in the tank has a lot of bacteria this can happen, or maybe your turtle isn’t basking enough.

What does a yellow belly turtle look like?

Description. Adult male yellow-bellied sliders typically reach 5–9 inches (13–23 cm) in length; females range from 8–13 inches (20–33 cm). The carapace (upper shell) is typically brown and black, often with yellow stripes. The skin is olive green with prominent patches of yellow down the neck and legs.

What should the water temperature be for red ear slider turtles?

Water that is not at the proper temperature can also contribute to ear abscess development by weakening your turtle’s immune system. For adult red ear slider turtles, the optimal water temperature is 75 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (24 to 26 degrees Celsius). Use a thermometer to monitor the water temperature.

What kind of turtle is a yellow bellied slider?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The yellow-bellied slider (Trachemys scripta scripta) is a land and water turtle belonging to the family Emydidae. This subspecies of pond slider is native to the southeastern United States, specifically from Florida to southeastern Virginia, and is the most common turtle species in its range.

What does it look like when a turtle is in the water?

Skin and shell sloughing. The skin of turtles periodically (and normally) sheds off in pieces. In the water, it appears as whitish, “fuzzy” stuff coming off the skin that people may mistaken for fungus or other disease.

How can you tell if a turtle has an ear abscess?

Proper care of your turtle plays an important role in whether your turtle will develop an ear abscess. Other an obvious bulge behind the eyes, clinical signs of turtle ear abscesses include eyes that are swollen shut, an unwillingness to eat, and swimming and orientation problems.

What kind of turtle has black and yellow stripes?

The yellow-bellied slider turtles have a yellow blotch or broad stripe on each side of the head behind the eyes, and a yellow plastron with two black spots at the front. On the other hand the red-eared slider turtles have the markings behind their eyes red, and a yellow plastron with numerous black spots, usually one per scute.

Why do male slider turtles have yellow spots?

Male adult slider turtles become melanistic as they grow bigger and older, and as a result they lose all of their yellow coloration of the limbs, head, and shell, including the yellow or red spots characteristic of the yellow-bellied or read-eared sliders. This phenomenon has been studied in the book “Life History and Ecology of Slider Turtle”.

What kind of ear infection does a turtle have?

Turtles are susceptible to middle ear infections which can result in an aural abscess that can be seen on the side of their heads. It looks like a big bump on the side of the head.

What does it look like when a turtle’s skin is peeling?

Usually it’s only noticeable when the turtle is in the water. Excessive (worrisome) shedding will look like the skin is sloughing off (like a snake when it sheds). If you’re not seeing the skin slough off in large pieces, then it’s probably fine. i have pictures on my face book page