What is a turtle prolapse?

Prolapses. In turtles, a prolapse occurs when an organ (intestine, cloaca, urinary bladder, uterus or penis) protrudes from the vent (the opening in the underside of the tail where the turtle eliminates waste products from).

How do you treat a prolapse turtle?

To treat prolapse from the vent, the veterinarian will need to sedate your turtle in order to clean, lubricate, and gently replace the tissue into the cloaca.

What comes out of a turtle tail?

Most of the time, the male turtle’s reproductive organ remains tucked into the cloaca, a vent under the tail that serves as access to reproductive organs in both sexes, as well as an outlet for waste products.

Do all turtles carry salmonella?

All reptiles carry Salmonella germs in their droppings even if they look healthy and clean. These germs can easily spread to their bodies, habitats, and anything in the area where they live.

Is the skin of a red ear slider turtle coming off?

Unlike other molting reptiles, such as snakes, a red-eared slider’s molting skin isn’t likely to come off in one single piece. You’re more likely to see tissue-thin bits of skin hanging from the turtle and trailing behind him in the water when he swims.

What makes a red ear slider a boy or a girl?

Another interesting fact about red-eared slider turtles is the way genders form. The biggest factor that determines whether the baby turtle is a boy or a girl is the temperature within the nest. If the temperature during the process of incubation is between 22 and 27 degrees Celsius, the turtles will turn into males.

Why are red eared sliders bad for the environment?

Turtles in the wild always remain close to water unless they are searching for a new habitat or when females leave the water to lay their eggs. Owing to their popularity as pets, red-eared sliders have been released or escaped into the wild in many parts of the world. This turtle is considered one of the world’s worst invasive species.

Do you need a tank for a red ear slider turtle?

With the right set-up, red-eared sliders can be pretty easy to take care of. First, you need a tank. Compared to other aquarium creatures, red-eared sliders require a relatively large amount of space.

What fish can live with red ear slider turtle?

Red ear sliders will try to eat most fish kept with them. In a large habitat, fish like koi may survive with red ear sliders, though the turtles may nip their fins. Very small, agile fish like guppies may be able to survive with turtles, though they may overpopulate the tank.

What is the life cycle of a red eared slider?

Smaller species, such as box turtles (Terrapene carolina ssp.) and red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans), have wild life spans of 20 to 30 years, though occasional specimens live to be 50 or more.

How many eggs does a red eared slider turtle lay?

Red Eared Slider turtles usually lay between 10 and 30 eggs. There have been cases when a red eared slider turtle laid 40 or more eggs, but most of them will lay between 10 and 30 eggs.

What do you feed a red eared slider?

Remember that adult red eared sliders are quite herbivorous so if your turtle seems overly hungry, try feeding more leafy greens and plant material rather than aquatic turtle pellets or prey food items. The amount of food you feed depends a bit on your individual turtle.