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one of my adult yellow belly slider turtles will not eat and

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one of my adult yellow belly slider turtles will not eat and spends most of the time basking and looks pretty lifeless
Submitted: 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Anna replied 2 years ago.

My name is ***** ***** I’m a biologist with a special interest in reptiles. I'm sorry to hear of this problem. Some additional information will be useful.

Have you noticed Terry yawning a lot? Any bubbles from her nose or mouth?

Are her eyes shut most of the time? Swollen?

What temperature do you maintain under the basking light?

How many hours per day are the lights on?

I'll check back later for your reply. Thank you.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

hi, i am not actually sure if it is male or female but there was not an option for ( dont know, yes he/she has yawned a lot lately and he/she eyes are shut most of time, i have noticed she is spooked more easily by sudden movement, she shares tank with snapper our other younger terrapin but he/she is much much bigger than terry, and seems really healthy at mo, i tend to keep the light on most of the time as terry is always under it and figured she might need it if she under it??

Expert:  Anna replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for getting back to me. From your description and the additional information, it sounds like Terry has a respiartory infection. There is no home treatment for that, so she'll need to be seen by a reptile vet. The vet will be able to make a certain diagnosis (there may be other possibilities), and prescribe treatment. Regardless of what this is, she is pretty ill. This link will take you to a directory of reptile vets:

It's good to leave her under the light - warmer temperatures can boost the immune system. The basking area should be kept at 85-90*F (29 to 32*C). Use a digital probe thermometer to be sure. You can adjust the temperature by raising or lowering the light fixture.

Fromt eh other terrapin's name, I wonder if he is actually a snapping turtle. If so, that amy be part of the problem. Larger turtles may bully smaller ones, which is very stressful. Also, slider turtles and snapping turtles need different conditions. You can read about both on the following links:

Respiratory infections cause frequent yawning, swollen eyes, lethargy, and appetite loss.However, there are other less common illnesses that can cause similar symptoms. I suggest that Terry be seen by a vet as soon as possible. If you have more questions, let me know in a REPLY. I hope Terry will be fine.


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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi again.thank you.just to inform you that snapper is also a yellow slider. Got name because she snatches food from us and has been known to bite us accidentally. Though ha ha. I will search for a reptile vet in my area ASAP. Really worried. Thank you again.

Expert:  Anna replied 2 years ago.
Fitting name, then. That's good, it means you don't have to worry about two species. I hope you can find a vet soon.
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