Reptiles/Mites On Turtle


Bowseta My turtle
Bowseta My turtle  
Today I saw that their were a lot of really small white bugs crawling on my pet leaf turtle. They mostly surround her head, her rear, and some around her leg near her shell. I tried to wash them off, but there's still some left. How do I get rid of them? and how will they effect my turtle?

Hello Anna,

Mites can be frustrating to get rid of!
What type of substrate are you keeping him on?  
You can get some betadine & dilute it down until it looks like weak tea to soak him in.  The mites should crawl to his head to where you can get them removed with a swab, carefully.  
You will need to take everything out of his tank to clean & sanitize it.  What tank decor is in his enclosure that you can soak/clean & bake?
You may need to take everything out of his tank & just replace it with paper towels & cardboard boxes until you can get his logs, etc cleaned or replaced.
Mites can drain them over time of nutrition if left untreated & become bad enough.

Let me know how that goes for you.



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I can answer questions pertaining to health, UVB specifics, overall husbandry care & supplementation, analysis of blood test results, and behavioral problems & handling. I can answer questions pertaining to bearded dragons, leopard geckos, iguanas, uromastyx & ball pythons. I can answer adeno virus related questions in bearded dragons, & then specifically about the testing methods as well. I am beginning an Pogona Adeno Testing Society in 2008 which will help to begin to start some standardization within the bearded dragon colonies of the breeders who choose to test.


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