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hello i have a turtle who i suspect has an RI. he basks a lot and bubbles come out his nostrils. He does swim though when i put him in the water although he usually floats a little firs. But he also eats.HE is a hatchling and i have another one who is behaving just fine. Could he actually have an RI? Any response or information is greatly appreciated !


Aquatic turtles are really not my specialty. In the US we have a law that hatchling turtles may not be sold before reaching a certain size. If he has bubbles coming from his nose, it sounds like he does have an infection. You should see a vet for a diagnosis,

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Jennifer C Parnell


I can answer questions about health, diet, behavior, housing requirements, common illnesses, and general husbandry of most reptiles. My answers are not a substitute for veterinary care. If I don't feel confident about answering your question, I can generally point you to someone who can answer it, or advise you to seek veterinary help.


My father is a licensed veterinarian for 40+ years. He specialties include venomous American snakes, reptiles, rodents, primates, dogs, cats, goats, geese. I grew up assisting him and have always maintained rescued, injured, or unwanted reptiles. I'm familiar with snakes, most common lizards, turtles, terrapins and tortoises. I'm also familiar with Bearded Dragons and currently have several.

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