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Anna, Reptile Expert, Biologist
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Experience:  Have owned turtles, snakes, amphibians, and lizards. Study and provide habitat for wild herps.
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My greek box turtle seems sick and just pooped out a worm.

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my greek box turtle seems sick and just pooped out a worm. Is there anything I can give him
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Reptile
Expert:  Anna replied 2 years ago.
What you saw was most likely a tapeworm. Turtles are very sensitive to medications, and the safest ones are available from veterinarians by prescription. Anything you can buy in a pet store is either ineffective or dangerous. Here is a site where you can read more about parasites in turtles - scroll down for tapeworms:
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=17+1797&aid=942
If you don't know of a reptile vet, these sites have directories of them:
http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Info/state_resources.htm
http://www.nytts.org/nytts/helpnet.htm
I know you would like a home remedy, and I would love to give you one, but unfortunately, this is a situation where there just isn't one. If you have more questions, let me know in a REPLY. I hope your turtle will be fine.
Anna
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Expert:  Anna replied 2 years ago.
Hi Cindy,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Leonard. How is everything going?

Anna