What does a healthy red eared slider turtle shell look like?

Table of contents:

  1. What does a healthy red eared slider turtle shell look like?
  2. How do I know if my turtle has shell rot?
  3. Is it normal for a red eared sliders shell to peel?
  4. Why is my red-eared slider shedding skin?
  5. Do red-eared slider turtles bite?
  6. Can red eared slider turtles eat cucumbers?
  7. What is poisonous to box turtles?
  8. Do turtles eat peanut butter?
  9. Do turtles eat bacon?

What does a healthy red eared slider turtle shell look like?

The shell of a RES should be hard and relatively smooth. The carapace (top) should be dark green and the plastron (bottom) should be bright yellow. It should not be pitted, soft (unless a juvenile), cracked or bleeding. It is normal to have a small amount of algae on the shell.

How do I know if my turtle has shell rot?

The symptoms of shell rot in pet turtles tend to be more subtle. You might see a reddish fluid under the shell plates, a slimy layer on the shell or softening, lifting, or flaking plates. The shell might be easily damaged and emit a foul-smelling odor as well.

Is it normal for a red eared sliders shell to peel?

Though the shedding of skin on turtle's shell is normal, the same kind of shedding of skin of other parts of the turtle's body is not. The shedding may occur during the growth of the whole body. ... The newer skin causes the older skin layer to shed. Red eared slider normally sheds once a year.

Why is my red-eared slider shedding skin?

Molting is a natural part of your turtle's growth. Semi-aquatic turtles liked red-eared sliders grow by molting. ... In most instances this skin shedding is part of normal molting, but any other unusual skin or shell appearance should be examined to make sure something more serious isn't taking place.

Do red-eared slider turtles bite?

Red-eared sliders may bite -- and the bite can be quite painful. The bite will probably only hurt but may be more damaging to young kids with small fingers. Keep in mind that red-eared sliders won't bite "just because." In most cases, a bite is a result of an animal being mishandled or hurt.

Can red eared slider turtles eat cucumbers?

Fresh, COOKED, unseasoned meats (stick with poultry and shrimp) Chopped vegetables (carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, etc) Water plants.

What is poisonous to box turtles?

Severely toxic plants include string of pearls, spider mum, pyracantha, periwinkle, parlor ivy, oleander, nightshade, needlepoint, morning glory, mistletoe, majesty, lantana, juniper, Jerusalem cherry, hyacinth, holly, heavenly bamboo, heart ivy, euphorbia and dianthus.

Do turtles eat peanut butter?

If you are not sure, keep the snails in a bucket with a mesh lid and feed them peanut butter for a few days. If they are not dead they are ok to feed to your turtles. ... Turtles also like bananas, strawberries and greens like romaine or dandelion greens. Never feed your turtle cat food or dog food.

Do turtles eat bacon?

Your turtle can eat little bits of cooked ground beef, chicken, or pork from the table. They will enjoy using their teeth to tear apart larger pieces of meat. Live Food. Turtles are natural hunters.