Swollen Eyes : red-Eared Sliders & Other Turtles


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Jan 28, 2012
Hi, Frank Indiviglio here. I’m a herpetologist, zoologist, and book author, recently retired from a career spent at several zoos, aquariums, and museums, including over20 years with the Bronx Zoo[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
Swollen, inflamed eyes are commonly seen in a wide variety of captive turtles. Strangely, the hardy Red Eared Slider seems especially prone to this annoying and potentially life-threatening condition (as we’ll see, popular feeding practices may partially explain this). From childhood through my career as a herpetologist, standard wisdom has blamed the condition on a Vitamin A deficiency. Today we also know that poor water quality is responsible for many, if not most, of the eye problems seen in Sliders, Cooters, Painted Turtles and similar species. In this article we will look at the symptoms, causes, prevention and treatment of various turtle eye maladies. [FONT=&quot]R[/FONT]ead the rest of this article here Swollen Eyes in Red Eared Sliders and other Aquatic Turtles [FONT=&quot][/FONT]
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Best Regards, Frank


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Aug 14, 2014
Female Cinnamon Cockatiel; Arka
Female Red Crowned Amazon; Chiba
Great thread!
I'll definitely make sure that this doesn't happen to my RES.

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