I have a red eye turtle who last night was very lethargic and wouldn't eat and was just laying on the bottom of the tank. I found her tank was very cold. I took her out and got her in some warmer water while I determined what was going on with the tank. She beccame much more active and finally ate after an hour or so. Decided this would be the right time to get her a larger tank so I kept her in her temporary housing with the intention to get the new take after work tonight. The biggest challenge would be keeping her warm until then. We were doing fairly well until the accident. My mom was worried she hadn't ate much so this afternoon she was going to give her some food. When she took the cover off and was moving her light the light fell in and blew up. Since then she isn't moving around at all. I did manage to get her to partial stick her head out but not much at all. Her front legs have not come out at all and her back legs only come out a little bit and her tail is tucked in too. She isn't swimming and is just laying on the bottom. She isn't basking and not eating. I read on one page that the light falling in couldn't electrocute her but I'm not sure I'm convinced of that. I'm pretty desperate right now so any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks....Dana
It is very possible the turtle got a jolt from the light. When the light fell in the water the electric was still connected and the 110 voltage most like went right through the turtle.
At this point the turtle needs to see a Herp Vet for an Exam. There is not a treatment for electrocution and the Vet would have to examine the turtle to see how bad it actually is. I would be happy to locate a Herp Vet for you with a State.
Whe a lamp that is pugged into electricity falls in water the electricity is what blew the bulb and made it explode and the turtle was in electrified water. Joan
I have been doing Reptile Rescues for 15+ Years