Why is my turtle feet swollen?

Why is my turtle feet swollen?

There are several possible causes of swollen back feet. Bacterial infections are one. Kidney disease and gout can cause swelling of the back part of the body. A digestive problem, such as severe constipation or a blockage could also be responsible.

How old do you have to be to care for a red ear slider turtle?

Warnings Red-eared sliders should not be cared for by any child 10 years old and under, without a parent helping at all times. It is too risky for your child, as well as your turtle. Lift your slider only when necessary. When lifting, place the slider onto your hand so that it won’t be frightened.

What kind of food can a red eared slider turtle eat?

If giving a treat, bananas are a good choice. For commercial food, look for something that has low protein and low fat. Dried shrimp are an absolute no-no! While turtles love the taste of dried shrimp, they offer no nutrients and turtles may refuse other foods for weeks.

How big of a tank do I need for a baby slider turtle?

One guide suggests having 10 gallons (37.9 L) of capacity per inch of turtle length, plus an additional 15 percent space for a basking area. For the first year, you can get by with a 50 gallon (190 L) tank for a baby, but after that you need at least 120 gallons (450 L). Save money by getting a tank large enough to begin with.

How long can a red eared slider turtle live?

In short, with proper care, a captive-bred red-eared slider can live more than 20 years. However, most of them don’t live that long due to improper care by their owners. Most people have no idea that red-eared sliders can live that long. In some cases even 50 years.

Why does my red eared slider turtle have swollen eyes?

Swollen or inflamed eyes may also be associated with traumatic injuries (bite wounds, poking eye on wood), debris under the lid and ear infections (particularly common in American Box Turtles, Terrapene spp.). Further Reading Rating Turtle Filters Water Quality in Turtle Aquariums

How big of a tank do I need for a red eared slider?

First of all, you need to know how big a red-eared slider can actually get and at what pace is growing in size. A good rule of thumb when choosing the turtle tank size is to have about 10 gallons per inch of shell turtle, so for a red-eared slider that’s about 3 inches long, you should ideally put him in an at least 30-gallon turtle tank.

Is the red eared slider turtle an invasive species?

Red-Eared Slider Turtle. The Red-Eared Slider, also called the red-eared terrapin, is an American breed of turtles widely spread across the USA, and is quickly becoming an invasive species in many parts of the world. It is also the most popular breed of pet turtle in the US and is widely kept as pet around the world.