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Does she still seem active and alert?
Is she still passing stools/urine (urates)?
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Based on the information you provided, I can offer some general advice.
Many of the health problems with reptiles are due to an incomplete understanding of the unique needs of the species.
Red-eared sliders are omnivores. Juveniles require a higher proportion of animal protein, while adults consume more plant matter. Generally, young healthy sliders or sick hospitalized sliders do best when fed commercial pelleted foods and then offered snacks for variety. For long-term care of healthy adults, feed more plant material to control calorie intake:
-Dark, leafy greens such as collard, mustard, and dandelion greens make up the bulk (40%-60%) of the adult diet. Mix greens with coarsely chopped vegetables such as carrots, squash, green beans, and broccoli.
-Offer a commercial turtle diet, such as sticks, pellets, or trout chow as 25%-50% of the diet.
-Animal protein sources may include live feeder fish, earthworms, cooked chicken, or earthworms purchased from a reputable supplier.
-Fruit, such as apple, cantaloupe, melon, and berries, can be offered as an occasional treat.
-Feed adults once every 2-3 days; juveniles require daily feeding. Feed sliders in the water.
Food should be dusted with a calcium supplement twice weekly and a multivitamin once a week.
Aquatic turtles are messy eaters and foods can interfere with the filters needed to keep turtle tanks clean. Pet sliders may be fed in a separate tank in which water can be discarded after each meal.
Maintain water temperature between 75-80°F (24-27°C), with the help of a submersible aquarium heater. The basking area should reach between 84-94°F (29-34°C).
Sliders should be housed in a large aquarium. A single adult will need a 50-gallon aquarium minimum.
These freshwater turtles require both a large pool of water as well as an area of dry land for basking. Because sliders are agile climbers, be sure to include a screen top to prevent escape.
As a general rule of thumb, provide hatchlings with 3-6 in (7.5-15 cm) of tap water. Large juveniles and adults need between 10-30 inches (20-60 cm) of water. The body of water needs to be at least 4-5 times the turtle’s carapace length and the water’s depth should be at least 1.5-2 times shell length.
Provide a dry haul-out area at one end of the enclosure using hardwood, pieces of cork, or a smooth, flat rock resting on submerged bricks or cinder block. Rough rocks can scratch the turtle’s shells creating a risk of infection. Create enough of an incline so the turtle can climb out easily, and position an overhead light over one corner of the haul-out area to provide the basking spot.
Aquatic turtles are messy eaters and they often defecate in their water so it is important to maintain water quality. Perform frequent 50%-100% water changes or use a high-quality filter and feed the turtle in a separate habitat. Dechlorinated water is recommended.
Provide a full-spectrum light for optimal absorption of dietary calcium.
Make sure you are optimizing her care and following all the recommendations. If she does not start eating here in a few days, she should be evaluated by a veterinarian.
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