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Hello. I've been writing you about my 2 hatchlings YBS. I think I ran out of follow ups because it won't let me follow up again. But you told me to keep you posted... The sick turtle died today while I was at work. :( thank you for everything. I'm still looking into buying the ZooMed Powersun bulb. Before I came home today I actually stopped by 3 pet stores but none carried the bulb... So, as you know I was very sad to come home to a died floating turtle! But once again thanks for everything!

Hi Tasha,

I'm really sorry about your turtle.  Since you'd only had him a short while, and he actually died, he probably wasn't healthy when you got him.  As I mentioned before, they're bred on a very large scale, often under crowded conditions, and no one is really checking to see if individual turtles are doing well or not.  So it's unfortunately not uncommon for this to happen.  Not having UVB could have caused lethargy and lack of appetite, but it wouldn't have killed him this fast.  It definitely wasn't anything you did wrong.

Just get the bulb online.  It would be a lot more expensive in a pet store anyway.  If you have more questions, feel free to post them at any time.  I try to get back to people within a day whenever I can.


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Questions regarding husbandry of Russian tortoises and other Mediterranean species, sulcata, and redfoot tortoises; general tortoise and turtle care; box turtle care. If I can't answer a specific question, I can provide sources for further research. Disclaimer: My advice is not a substitute for vet care. If I think your tortoise/turtle has a specific medical condition or injury that warrants a vet visit, I'll tell you so, and if possible I'll help you locate a vet. It is neither legal nor ethical for me to provide veterinary advice.


I have kept and bred Russian tortoises for over ten years and have other Mediterranean species plus redfoots and box turtles. I've worked with other tortoise and turtle species while doing volunteer rescue work; mostly sulcata but some leopards, California desert tortoises, yellowfoots, all box turtle species, red-eared sliders, etc. I don't personally keep aquatic species, but have access to a wealth of information and research to help you with any questions you might have.

My knowledge is based on hands-on experience keeping, breeding, and working with tortoises and turtles.

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