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How fast can a turtle drown? I was changing the tank water

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How fast can a turtle drown? I was changing the tank water on my boss' turtles, and now one is not responding at all. I tried what the website said about getting the water out of the turtle's lungs. That hasn't seemed to help. Can he still be unconscious? He hasn't moved in about 3 hours.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Reptile
Expert:  Anna replied 2 years ago.
Hello and welcome. Thank you for requesting me. I'm sorry to hear of this incident.
Will you tell me a little more about what happened - was the turtle trapped under water?
Was it on its back at some point?
How long was it underwater?
The more detail you can provide, the better.
Thank you.