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My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 30+ years with special interest in Reptiles and reptile Rescue.
Can you tell me about habitat?
UVB light, Linear tube or compact coil, strength, age and brand?
How long has be been this way?
If you pinch back legs can he feel pain?
I will wait for reponse.
Not good that he is unresponsive. Reptiles when passing have flaccid limbs. Please poke the tail to see if his head comes out. You have some major husbandry issues, that are in play. what type of turtle is this? red eared slider, box turtle painted turtle?
Please give me a min to type an answer.
Thank you! I tortoise should never be kept in a tank. The better habitat is a tortoise table or a Large Rubbermade. They require two type of lighting. a Basking light for heat and a UVB light to prevent Metabolic Bone Disease which can cause Paralysis, organ failure and pain. You also need a Calcium supplement to work with the UVB light. This is metabolized by the UVB into D3 in the body. The UVB cannot penetrate glass, you the sun from the window did nothing.
The diet is wrong too Lettuce is dehydrating. The need grass hays and weeds as a staple diet. They need a daily soak. The UVB needs to be run 12-14 hours a day. I would like you to try the soak, but without a reflex pain reaction it sounds like he may be gone. I am in hopes he will respond to the soak, but with all the husbandry issues, I am afraid it may have been too much on his system. This is a Care sheet: https://www.desertmuseum.org/programs/tap_tortcare.php