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|Comment||Thank you for your response. Especially, regarding the lighting. Just after writing you I decided that my Yellow-Belly Slider MALE turtle, Bubba was acting so abnormal I made an urgent vet visit with my vet. The vet and went over his eating habits as you did in you response. The bad thing about Bubba is that HE DOES NOT EAT very well. He is very particular and the block food and the turkey are pretty much all he will eat. I do offer him apples, grapes, bananas, and green leafy veggies (as I use them in my smoothies). Although, he will not touch the green leafy veggies, but at time will eat some apple, grapes and bananas. I have tried every turtle food available and he will not touch them. Even the turtle treats that are on the counters for sale - NOPE he doesn't want anything to do with them either. As a baby he ate like one of my horses, but as he grew he became more finicky. I just cleaned his entire tank, substrate and decorations on August 15th and as of yesterday I changed his basking light to a new one. The vet has him on an antibiotic for the next week or so. As of this time, Bubba has had two doses and he already seems to be behaving a little better. I had him out of his tank early this morning and he was wanting to crawl on me, so using protection around my neck and head area I picked him up and he was as loving and typical as usual. Thank you for your time in responding to me and I am going to use some of your ideas. I appreciate your time and expertise in helping me. You can rest assured that Bubba is under Doctor's care now,so I feel better now that the vet and I have a plan in mind IF Bubba does not respond to the antibiotic, gets worse, etc.|
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.