How to Care for Turtles : Identifying a Healthy Turtle
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How to Care for Turtles : Identifying a Healthy Turtle

Hi, my name is Sarah, I am here at Pet Land
in Pembroke Pines tonight, and on behalf of, I’m going to speak with
you a little bit about purchasing and owning a pet turtle. When you are looking to adopt
or purchase a turtle, there are several things to watch out for to make sure that you get
a healthy turtle. You want to make sure that your turtle is bright, alert and responsive.
You want to make sure that your turtle’s shell looks proportional to the rest of its
body. In older turtles, sometimes malnutrition can cause the turtle to outgrow its shell,
and you’ll have a turtle that looks too big for its shell. In smaller turtles, you
want to make sure that the scales on the shell look healthy and that you don’t see any
peeling or discoloration. You want to make sure that if you handle the turtle and you
touch the feet that the turtle tries to retract its feet—a turtle that does not try to retract
its feet or head when being handled, generally is not a very healthy specimen, because they
are failing to try to protect themselves. One more thing you want to watch out for,
to make sure that the turtle that you are purchasing is healthy, is watch out for any
lumps or bumps. You want to look at all the limbs as thoroughly as you can and then make
sure, you don’t see any swelling; make sure that all the limbs feel normal. You also want
to check for any lumps on the side of the head: that could indicate infection. Other
things to watch out for are any cuts, scratches or abrasions on the shell or skin of the turtle.
You want to make sure that you listen to the turtle as best you can to make sure you don’t
hear any clicking or wheezing noises, I mean clicking or wheezing noises can be indicative
of a respiratory infection. Other things that you want to look at are the conditions that
the turtles are living in. You want to make sure that they are in a nice clean pond or
aquarium; you want to try to choose your turtle from a pet store that seems knowledgeable
about them. You want to ask a lot of questions to the staff, and then make sure that they
are knowledgeable about turtle care. Just to make sure that if you ever have any questions,
you can give them a call and then ask them or they can properly direct you to a reptile
veterinarian. On behalf of, I would like to thank you for letting me speak
to you about your pet turtle. If you would like more information on the hospital that
I work at, you may visit our web site at If you would like more information on Pet
Land in Pembroke Pines, you may visit their website at

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24 thoughts on “How to Care for Turtles : Identifying a Healthy Turtle

  1. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 "umms"… Wow… Stupid stupid person, how on earth did they let you work at an animal hospital. They let anyone work with animals I guess… I hope you don't work with the customers, I doubt they will visit more then once. Unless they are, "umm", as stupid as you, "umm".

  2. She says too much useless shit, only a couple of expertvillage's 139,067 videos are actually worth watching as an turtle. And secondly, The rule is TO NEVER turn your turtle upside down.

  3. i whent to a pet store and they had two 7 inch turtles in a ten gallon tank with like a inch of water and it said red eared sliders on the tank when ones ears or sides of its head didnt have the red on it

  4. so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so good

  5. i rescued a turtle froma chineese fish market… but there ARE a few problems…can some one contact me?

  6. @thedarkrider321 I agree,
    just adopt it and make it feel better! Also 0:53 is totally incorrect. Some of my turtles are not shy at all and when i pick them up they dont get scared they just keep scratching me trying to get out! And those are my healthies ones!

  7. @XIomaraLovesJustin it means thin pieces of the scales are coming off. Like us with dry skin. But what she said is incorrect too, a few of my turtles shells shed every once in a while! its natural! How else will there shell grow!

  8. my turtle, a young Australian murry short neck, Emydura macquarii, is begining to have the rim of his shell pale, is this a sign of him getting a skin infection, or is he just growing (and i'm just not noticing this)?

  9. Could you help me guys, I have a female common musk turtle and she is not really agresive but she is alert and she also react when we touch her foot, is this normal? she is just at the busking area and never try to go at the my turtle have sick or illness.

  10. my turtle is not going under water. . he is black spotted pond turtle. . he is trying to go in bottom but he cant . how can i cure him?

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