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My Turtle Behaviour

Discussion in 'Turtle Behaviour' started by Pizzuto, Jul 9, 2017.

  1. Pizzuto

    Pizzuto Hatchling Turtle

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    Hey guys, I have 2 Murrays in a 4ft tank as I have posted previously. I do know this is not recommended as my larger turtle has been biting at the others legs causing white areas on his flesh.

    I have him dry-docked now with Betadine on him.

    I have observed my larger turtle on top of the smaller one appearing to try and mate with his tail bending under the other turtle.

    Now I just want to know if my larger male turtle would try mate with my other turtle which I think is male also.

    I might need to separate them until I get my pond ready.

    Thanks guys.
     
  2. Pizzuto

    Pizzuto Hatchling Turtle

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    Yeah that's the plan. Would they be fine together in an outdoor pond with other turtles as well?

    Question with dry docking. Should I leave the heat lamp on during the night or do they need to be in darkness?
     
  3. Craig

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    Hi Mathew, that all depends on how big the pond is, how many turtles you have in the pond, their sexes and what species of turtles they are.

    Turn the heat lamp off during the night.
     
  4. Pizzuto

    Pizzuto Hatchling Turtle

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    Is it normal for my turtle to be still/float in the water after dry docking to re hydrate? I've noticed it takes him a while to move/swim once back in the water.

    I have been dry docking him in another lizard tank with towel on the bottom and heat light. Plenty of ventilation and temperature is no more then 30°C. I have been putting him in the water approximately twice a day to re hydrate for a couple of hours.

    Am I doing anything wrong here?

    I have been using Betadine on his legs. I don't have a photo at the moment to show you. The side of his legs/feet are white flesh from the injury caused by my other turtle.

    Thanks AFT.
     
  5. Craig

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    Yes it is normal. Turtles store water inside their bladder to use as ballast to make them neutrally buoyant in water.

    Neutral buoyancy is a condition in which a physical body's average density is equal to the density of the fluid in which it is immersed.

    When the water is used by the body to prevent dehydration it takes a while for them to be able to submerge properly. When they have fully re-hydrated they are able to submerge themselves normally.

    Be sure to wash the Betadine off your turtle's legs under the tap before putting your turtle back into the aquarium.

    Can you upload a couple of photos of the injury when you're able to?
     
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  6. Pizzuto

    Pizzuto Hatchling Turtle

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    Thanks heaps for your help Craig and Kev.

    I have been washing the betadine off before putting him in the tank.

    I am at work at the moment however when I get home I will post some photos.
     
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    You're welcome Mathew. That's what we're here for.
     
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    Pizzuto Hatchling Turtle

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    I have attached a couple of photos.

    I don't keep both turtles dry docked. I just wanted to show you both.

    The last photo is with Betadine.

    Let me know what you guys think..
     

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    Hi Mathew, you should never use Betadine on open wounds like this as Betadine will destroy new live tissue as well as be extremely painful for your turtle. You should be using Flamazine instead!

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    I was expecting it to be a small, superficial cut or bite wound.
     
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    This thread is another good example as to why you should never keep two turtles together!
     
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  11. Pizzuto

    Pizzuto Hatchling Turtle

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    Yeah 100% Craig. If anyone has 2 turtles together don't leave them together as I did thinking they get along.

    I bought my bigger turtle as the previous owner said it was a female thinking it would get along with my smaller male. Turns out he is a mature male and now is dominating the smaller one.