Reptile

Have Reptile Veterinary Questions? Ask a Reptile Expert.

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Have two redearslidertuetles that have neck infection how do…

Customer Question
Have two redearslidertuetles that...

Have two redearslidertuetles that have white neck infection how do I reat

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. There are all sorts of infestations the reptile can pick up. I'll have you talk to the Veterinarian who'll sort out what is wrong and help you decide what to do about it. What is the reptile's name and age?

Redneckslider 4years old

Veterinarian's Assistant: Are you ready to speak with the Veterinarian now?

Yes

Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Reptile
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Reptile Question
Answered in 8 minutes by:
2/26/2016
Reptile Expert: Anna, Reptile Expert, Biologist replied 2 years ago
Anna
Anna, Reptile Expert, Biologist
Category: Reptile
Satisfied Customers: 11,836
Experience: Have owned turtles, snakes, amphibians, and lizards. Study and provide habitat for wild herps.
Verified

Hello and welcome. My name is ***** ***** I'm a big logist with a special interest in reptile health. I'm sorry to hear your turtles are having a problem. I want to be sure if what we are dealing with. By a white neck infection, do you mean the turtles have a white fungal growth on their neck skin? Thank you.

Ask Your Own Reptile Question
Reptile Expert: Anna, Reptile Expert, Biologist replied 2 years ago

Hello again. It appears you went offline without seeing my request for more information. Because I don't want you to have to wait any longer, I'm going to go ahead without your confirmation of a fungal infection.I'll give you treatment for that. If you think it's something else, let me know and we'll proceed from there.

The most effective method involves what is called 'dry-docking.' You'll need to prepare a 'hospital' for the affected turtles. A large plastic tote works well. It should be equipped with a basking area at 90*F and a UVB light. The turtle will be kept warm and dry, except for a 30 minute bath twice a day. The two baths are very important to prevent dehydration. Feed during the bath. After each soak, wipe the affected areas with a solution of Betadine (sold in pharmacies and discount stores) diluted by half with water. Avoid the eyes. Do this twice a day. Follow that with a coating of anti-fungal cream (the kind sold for women to use to treat yeast infections). If the problem doesn't clear up within two weeks, you'll need to have your turtles examined by a reptile vet. If you end up needing a vet, this link will take you to a directory:

http://www.anapsid.org/vets/index.html#vetlist

It will also be important to make sure all conditions are optimal. If they aren't, infections will recur. To help you with that, I'm sending along a care sheet I've written for slider turtles. You can use the care sheet as a checklist to make sure everything is right. If you have more questions, let me know in a REPLY. I hope your turtles will be fine.

Anna

My goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have gotten anything less, please reply back, I am happy to address follow-up questions. Please remember to rate my service only after you have all the information you need. Thank you.

SLIDER TURTLE CARE SHEET

Well-cared for sliders can live 30 years or more.

The Tank

It's recommended that a baby slider have at least a 15 gallon tank. By the time the turtle is 3-4 years old, it will need a 60 gallon tank, so it's best to get the biggest you can in the beginning. You can also use a large RubberMaid tote. That's not as pretty as a tank, but costs a lot less. Set up the tank so there's a land area and a water area. Put the basking light at one end so the whole tank doesn’t get too hot. You want the water to be about twice as deep as the turtle is long. If the turtle is two inches long, you'll want four inches of water.

Temperatures and Basking Area

Turtles need certain types of lighting and need to be warm. Air and water that are not warm enough can lead to fungal and respiratory infections and unhealthy shells. Turtles must have a basking area where they can get out of the water, dry off, and bask in very warm light. The ambient air temperature in the tank should be around 75 *F (24*C) , with the basking area warmer still. Over the basking area there should be some sort of lamp that will take a 40-60 watt incandescent bulb (or you can buy a ceramic light fixture made just for reptiles). If you live in an area that has farm stores, you can buy a metal light fixture made to keep baby chicks warm for just a few dollars. Don't buy the accompanying bulb, however. You need an ordinary incandescent bulb in the basking light. Hardware stores sell similar fixtures as work lights. The basking area should be kept at 85-90*F (29 to 32*C). Use a digital probe thermometer to be sure. You can adjust the temperature by raising or lowering the light fixture.The lights that come with the covers on aquariums are not suitable for turtles. You'll also need a submersible aquarium heater that will keep the water 78-82*F (26 to 28*C).

UVB Light

It's extremely important that you buy an additional light that produces UVB rays. A Reptisun 10.0 is a good brand that does. If you choose another brand be absolutely certain it provides UVB rays. Don't take the word of pet store personnel, but read it for yourself. Full-spectrum, DayGlo, SunGlo, UV, or UVA are not the same thing. I'm putting a lot of emphasis on this because it's crucial to your turtle's health. Without this light, Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD) will develop because your turtle won't be able to produce vitamin D. Vitamin supplements are not a good replacement for the proper lighting. MBD causes a very slow and painful death.UVB bulbs must be replaced every six months as they lose their effectiveness after that, even though they may still look fine. Light that comes through a window isn't sufficient because the glass filters out most of the rays turtles need to stay healthy. To prevent MBD, turtles also need calcium. The easiest way to provide it is to place a cuttlebone in the tank. Cuttlebones are sold in bird departments of pet stores.

Filtration

Turtles are very sensitive to water quality. Even if you change the water every day, it can still contain harmful chemicals. A good filtration system is essential. Water changes are also needed even with a filter. If the tank is too small, no filter can keep up with the amount of waste that turtles produce.

Feeding

Feeding is an area where pet stores often give out bad information. Commercial food should make up only 1/4 of the diet. Animal products (cooked meat, earthworms, canned cat food) should make up another 1/4. The remaining half should be plant foods (dark lettuce like romaine, bits of strawberry or melon, etc.). Hatchlings should be fed every day. Older turtles should be fed 3 times per week. Overfeeding can lead to gout and kidney failure.

For Further Reading

This is among the most reputable sites on turtles.

http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/caresheet-red_ear_slider.htm

http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/cs-yellowbelly.htm

Ask Your Own Reptile Question
Reptile Expert: Anna, Reptile Expert, Biologist replied 2 years ago

Hi. Do you need any additional information?

Ask Your Own Reptile Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Anna Your Own Question
Anna
Anna
Anna, Reptile Expert, Biologist
Category: Reptile
Satisfied Customers: 11,836
11,836 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Have owned turtles, snakes, amphibians, and lizards. Study and provide habitat for wild herps.

Anna is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Thank you so much. Great knowledge of reptiles! Will use JustAnswer again if further problems arise.

StephanieKY

I must tell you I found this site by accident and was amazed when I asked a question of the Veteranians online. I wish I could have found it sooner it could have made such a difference in the outcome of my pet's surgery. However, I am passing along the information to my sister-in-law (a cat-rescue person who is also a nurse), and perhaps it will help someone else who may experience the same problem. The doctor who answered my question was amazing, and while it didn't come it time to change the outcome of my situation, it is reassuring to know the caliber of Vets/Doctors that you have at JustAnswer. Thank you for being there.

Alice H.Jacksonville, Fl.

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Anna

Anna

Reptile Expert, Biologist

11,836 satisfied customers

Have owned turtles, snakes, amphibians, and lizards. Study and provide habitat for wild herps.

Joan

Joan

Veterinary Technician

8,046 satisfied customers

35+ years experience as veterinary tech and 40+ years experience doing reptile rescues.

PitRottMommy

PitRottMommy

Veterinary Nurse

228 satisfied customers

15 years experience in veterinary medicine, special interest in reptiles and arachnids.

Dr. Dan

Dr. Dan

Reptile Veterinarian

57 satisfied customers

12 years private, wildlife and zoo experience with reptiles, PLEASE rate my service when satisfied.

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

551 satisfied customers

2003 Graduate

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Veterinarian

343 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

194 satisfied customers

15 years of experience in emergency, surgery and medicine

< Previous | Next >

Related Reptile Questions
sleeping too much
my baby redeared slider turtle is sleeping all day. i have to wake him up to feed him is this normal? also is it ok if he stays under water all the time? the water isnt that deep but wont the water da… read more
Anna
Anna
Reptile Expert, Biologist
11,836 satisfied customers
My turtle has stopped eating and isnt moving. I read that
My turtle has stopped eating and isn't moving. I read that it might be hibernating since it is winter. We have had it about 6 weeks and bought it with another turtle that has grown almost twice its si… read more
Anna
Anna
Reptile Expert, Biologist
11,836 satisfied customers
My turtle will not move. What should I do .Please help me.
My turtle will not move. What should I do .Please help me. He is a small painted turtle that has become very lethargic and won't move from its rock to swim or feed. His shell has become softer than in… read more
Anna
Anna
Reptile Expert, Biologist
11,836 satisfied customers
I have 2 red ear slider turtles and they won't eat ever
I have 2 red ear slider turtles and they won't eat ever since I switched them into a bigger tank … read more
Anna
Anna
Reptile Expert, Biologist
11,836 satisfied customers
I've got a turtle that almost drowned today. He seems to be
I've got a turtle that almost drowned today. He seems to be doing better, but he's been throwing up. I'd like to just keep an eye on him overnight, but not sure if i should be concerned about the vomi… read more
Joan
Joan
Veterinary Technician
Private
8,046 satisfied customers
My water turtle is just floating for the last week or so -
Hi - My water turtle is just floating for the last week or so - Not eaten either - Before that she was good, swim, eat a lot - … read more
Dr. Leah Hill
Dr. Leah Hill
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary medicine
305 satisfied customers
One of my son's aquatic turtles died last night. He found it
One of my son's aquatic turtles died last night. He found it this morning on the basking area. He said there was blood on the basking area and blood in the turtles mouth. My son is very, very upset an… read more
Anna
Anna
Reptile Expert, Biologist
11,836 satisfied customers
I have a hatching Mississippi map turtle that may have RI. I
I have a hatching Mississippi map turtle that may have RI. I just got him and before I put him in my tank, he seemed lethargic, and he eyes were red but not inflammated. The turtle seems to close his … read more
Joan
Joan
Veterinary Technician
Private
8,046 satisfied customers
I rescued a baby painted turtle yesterday that was found
I rescued a baby painted turtle yesterday that was found upside down in 30 degree weather. I set up a turtle tank today with a basking rock and UVB light but the turtle is barely moving. … read more
Joan
Joan
Veterinary Technician
Private
8,046 satisfied customers
I think my turtle has MBD. I'm a new turtle owner and didn't
I think my turtle has MBD. I'm a new turtle owner and didn't know all of the do's and don'ts of what they needed. They're baby red eared sliders and I've had them maybe 3 months. I have a 10 gal tank … read more
Anna
Anna
Reptile Expert, Biologist
11,836 satisfied customers
My turtle is sitting at the bottom of his tank and barely
My turtle is sitting at the bottom of his tank and barely ever goes on his platform. I might think it's because of the water? It's cold and I can't afford a water heater. I'll try to save up for one. … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
228 satisfied customers
My turtle has swollen eyes. My turtle's name is Alex and I
My turtle's name is ***** ***** I think she's about two years old … read more
Joan
Joan
Veterinary Technician
Private
8,046 satisfied customers
Turtle is suddenly limp for no reason :( was fine yesterday.
Turtle is suddenly limp for no reason :( was fine yesterday … read more
Joan
Joan
Veterinary Technician
Private
8,046 satisfied customers
How to tell if a turtle is dead? Can you tell if it is
I think my turtle is dead. How do I know for sure he's not hibernating or really sick. And if he's dead how should I dispose of him. He's about a quarter size.… read more
Anna
Anna
Reptile Expert, Biologist
11,836 satisfied customers
Why has the red eared slider not eating anymore?
Red-eared slider stopped eating a few weeks ago. She was eating fine up until then and as far as I know, nothing about her tank has changed. I keep the water at about 76 degrees and her basking area a… read more
Anna
Anna
Reptile Expert, Biologist
11,836 satisfied customers
My red ear slider is sleeping a lot, is that normal? Kiwi
My red ear slider is sleeping a lot, is that normal? … read more
Joan
Joan
Veterinary Technician
Private
8,046 satisfied customers
I am having problems telling whether my desert tortoise is
I am having problems telling whether my desert tortoise is alive.… read more
Anna
Anna
Reptile Expert, Biologist
11,836 satisfied customers
my turtle is not eating and is staying at the bottom of his
my turtle is not eating and is staying at the bottom of his tank he has energy as i am putting vitamins in his water but he will not eat anything and i have tried all his food types that he normaly ea… read more
Anna
Anna
Reptile Expert, Biologist
11,836 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x