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My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 35+ years and have worked with Reptiles over 40+ years.
Can you tell me about the tank set up?
UVB light, linear tube or compact coil, strength, brand?
Where is the turtle sitting in the tank, is it uncer a light?
Any bubbles from nose or mouth?
Thank-you! You did not mention if you have a UVB bulb. If you do, linear tube or compact coil, strength and brand?
A UVB light supplies artificial sunlight that is very important for the health of the turtle. It may look like a coiled or ling tube. You also need a basking light. Please check the lighting that came with the kit
That is just the fixture that holds a bulb. I need to know what kind of bulbs you are using.
Thank you! Part of the problem is that you need two lights. One a Basking bulb the other light is extremely important which is a UVB bulb. It supplies artificial sunlight. That bulb is a Reptisun 10.0 and it comes in two forms, a linear tube which spans the length of the tank or a compact coil bulb which fits in a dome like you have the other bulb in. The only thing the bulb you are usng now is for basking. The UVB metabolizes calcium in the body in to D3 to stop metabolic bone disease.: https://www.thespruce.com/metabolic-bone-disease-in-reptiles-1237237 As metioed you need calcium for the turtle as well as a Vitamin 2 days a week.
If you do not have the UVB light, the turtle will not be active nor will he eat and act normally.
I also have a concern about the bubbles because that can indicate a Respiratory infection. I am going to give you a care shee to read and it will go over this information I just supplies. I also suggest a Herp Vet visit to check the possibility of a RI. Please supply a State and I will locate some Herp Vets.
This is a care sheet: https://www.thespruce.com/african-side-neck-turtles-1238351
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