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Joan, Veterinary Technician
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One eye on my tortoise is swollen shut but it's not filled

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One eye on my tortoise is swollen shut but it's not filled with puss he has no signs of a resonators infection or anything
Submitted: 6 months ago via TotallyTortoise.
Category: Reptile
Expert:  Joan replied 6 months ago.
Hello,My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 30+ years with special interest in reptiles.Can you tell me what type of tortoise Morty is?Is he is a tank , tortoise table, tote or outside?Diet?Supplements?UVB light, linear tube or compact coil, strength, age of bulb and brand?Substrate in habitat?Joan
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
He's a northeastern box tortoise he lives in a tank is fed box turtle food has a uvb light
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Coconut substrate in habitat
Expert:  Joan replied 6 months ago.
Please give me about 15 mins to type your answer.Joan
Expert:  Joan replied 6 months ago.
Turtles should not be kept in a tank, they need air circulation. The best habitat is a Tortoise table or even a large rubbermade bin. The UVB should be a Linear tube Reptisun 10.0 and he should also have a basking light separate. He needs a calcium supplement Daily , or you can give him a cuttle bone. The diet should be more varied. The diet should be 60 % animal like insects and 40% plantsl. Earth worms, red worms, wax worms, crickets, grass hoppers, slugs are good things to feed. Safe plant type foods for box turtles are grated carrots, grated squash, blackberries, blueberries, dandelion leaves, kale, pumpkin, strawberries, mulberries, tomato, zucchini, romaine lettuce, and endive. Vitamin supplements containing minerals and calcium are also recommended.There are two possibilities with the eye. It could be a Vitamin A deficiency or if using a coild UVB it too can cause Pho Kerato Conjunctivitis. I suggest making some changes to the habitat and also update the Diet, supplements and lighting if needed. The UVB needs to be replaced every 6 months. You can use some Plain saline in the eye, but I do suggest having the turtle seen by a herp Vet because if Vitamin deficiency he will need a Vitamin A injections.