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- I got one of the sick turtles. Her eyes are watery. She closes them and begins to rub. She usually does this while eating. And she doesn’t eat well. I think it is because of the eyes.

The condition of the eyes and loss of appetite indicates a disease of the turtle, but not its cause. In theory, it would be necessary to show the patient to the veterinarian so that he would make a diagnosis and prescribe treatment. And before that, rinse your eyes daily with 10% albucid solution. However, I repeat once again, this measure is not fundamental, decisive, you definitely need to exclude a more serious disease.

Write down whether it is possible to give turtles bread and coconut. I really love this food.

White bread in small quantities can be given to turtles, but, no matter how reptiles are attached to it, it is not one of the main products that make up their diet. As well as “coconut” (what is meant here - milk or coconut flakes?), Which, in fact, rarely gives turtles. Your pets should receive mainly green fodder, then vegetables and fruits, not more than once a week give protein of animal origin (minced meat, hard-boiled egg yolk, large bloodworm, etc.).

- I have two Central Asian turtles have been living for three years, and what worries is their claws. They are industries and, it seems to me, stop them from walking. I tried to cut off one claw, blood appeared, and I doubted whether I was doing the right thing.

Obviously, by cutting off the claw, you did this at the level of a blood vessel. The nails of the turtles are opaque, so if they are overgrown, it’s better not to trim them, but to grind them slightly with a file. But here's what you need to keep in mind: elongated and elongated twisted claws are one of the signs of a lack of vitamins, as well as the fact that the conditions for keeping turtles need to be improved. They need the right temperature, good nutrition (special vitamin supplements for turtles are now on sale).

In winter, it is useful to irradiate them with a quartz lamp. The session lasts 10-15 minutes (a quartz lamp is placed at a distance of one meter from the turtles and so that direct rays do not fall into the eyes). Typically, the duration of the course is a month, then take a break for a month.

- I have a land Central Asian tortoise. Suddenly she fell ill. There was diarrhea, which was at first mushy, and now completely liquid in swamp color. For six days now, Stepasha has been eating nothing, listless, indifferent to everything, sitting more and more in one place, staring at one point, and dozing. Her eyes are somehow hollow. During these days, the turtle is very thin, one skin and bones. The last time I fed her was white bread soaked in water. Please tell me what kind of disease it is and how to treat it (if possible with available funds)?

Where to get a turtle?

It is best to take a turtle that was abandoned (from people who change their minds about keeping the turtle), please note, for free. So you will give the animal a chance for a new good life, rather than buying it at the pet store, thereby supporting their catch. In addition, land turtles are listed in the Red Book! Another option is to buy a turtle from those involved in their breeding. I strongly do not recommend buying turtles at the Bird Market, they often sell terminally ill animals. Look at bulletin boards in your city or the same OLX in the “give free” section.

What kind is better to get?

It is better for beginners to take popular types of turtles: Central Asian and Red-eared. They are easier to care for than, say, some exotic ones. You should not buy endangered species of turtles if you are not going to breed them. The Central Asian tortoise is easier to care for and less expensive than rubella, it is better to pick it up from the refusenik (there are many of them) than to buy it caught in nature. Add karma to yourself by saving the animal, even for free!

What equipment is needed for a land tortoise? What are the costs of a Central Asian tortoise?

The Central Asian tortoise cannot be kept without the right conditions. The right conditions are a terrarium, lamps and soil.

Terrarium you need a rectangular shape to create a cold and warm corner. Sizes from 90 cm to 40 cm for one turtle. All the walls do not have to be made of glass, you can find a plastic container of the required shape and size or order it in the furniture makers - bottom and 3 walls with wood and glass in front. An example of a terrarium can be seen in the Roxy turtles.

Can a land tortoise live on the floor?

He will not be able to live, except to survive, and then not for long. The life of turtles, like a cold-blooded reptile, is completely dependent on temperature and humidity conditions in their environment. Being on the floor, turtles are not able to choose the optimum temperature for them. Metabolic processes in the body depend on heat and the right temperatures. Without the right temperature, food will not be digested and will begin to stagnate and rot. Any draft, even which you don’t feel, at a distance of 2 cm from the floor, the turtle will feel and it will be fatal to it. This is not to mention the most important thing - ultraviolet irradiation. Remember, a land tortoise is a terrarium animal!

How to bring a turtle home after purchase?

In warm weather - in a box or in a plastic container with wood chips. In the cold - in a cloth under a warm jacket (down jacket) or in a box with a heating pad. In winter, they can often sell sick animals, or they can easily get cold during transportation to their homes. You can take turtles from trusted sellers at any time, in addition, in this case, it is more likely that turtles will not be smuggled.

How long does the turtle live on average?

Life span rubella and Central Asian turtles in nature: 40-50 years. In the home environment, in the absence of basic conditions (a UV lamp, the correct temperature and proper nutrition), a turtle can survive from a couple of months to a couple of years, we are not even talking about the quality of such a life. It all depends on the safety factor of the turtle.

Does the turtle need hibernation?

At home, it is not recommended to put the turtle into hibernation. There is definitely a benefit in its natural environment, but if the turtle hibernates incorrectly at home (all the rules of temperature, humidity and feeding are not followed), this will lead to critical consequences. The turtle will not be able to get out of hibernation, and if it does, it will not live long.

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