Any signs that it uis not healthy? Any signs that it is healthy?
How do i know if my baby 1 inch red ear slider turtle has a healthy shell?
- Good color (some white pitting on edges and some silvery 'bubbles', mostly seen when swimming) are OK.
- Firm. At this age, there should be some springy flexibility, some 'bounciness', especially on the bottom and edges
- Soft- leathery feeling, no springiness.
- Missing scales
- Discolored areas- white, black, etc.
Just as important as these signs, we look for a healthy appetite, good swimming, good basking behavior, etc.
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Reply:The shell should be glossy with no cracks and should not be soft. As it is just a baby the scoots may be pliable, but it should not be soft. If you provide your baby with plenty of UV light you should not have a problem with the health of the shell. Wardley makes a pellet designed for baby turtles that has a higher protein and calcium content. I recommend using this until your turtle is about 3 years of age,If you have trouble getting your pet to eat pellets, try mixing a little brine shrimp in with the pellets. The smell attracts them, and with their limited visual acuity, the eat everything!
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