whats happening to my baby turtle?

by Lisa
(largo florida united states)

My turtles bottom shell is turning an orange color on the sides and its barely eating the food we give it,it's only a little baby and I'm starting to get really worried.It's also becoming skinnier.But I'm very sorry i don't have any pictures to show what the baby turtle looks like. I've had him for 2 months and have been feeding it ever since. I'm feeding it reptomin mini floating food sticks and it has a picture of a turtle that looks exactly like the one i have. What is happening to my baby turtle?

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Jan 20, 2012
for a tortoise
by: pistaccio

I would first ask what kind of substrate do you have in the tortoise home. I found when you use a calci-sand that it causes abrasions on the belly and turns the belly whatever color the sand is. This is not a good thing. It can cause intestional issues and future problems. To avoid you should use a substarte such as organic soil mixed with bed-a-beast.

Jun 01, 2011
by: Anonymous

It's always a good idea to take a new turtle to a vet jsut for a check to be sure everything is fine. You mgiht want to do that with your pet. It sounds like there might be a problem.

In the mean time, be sure you ahve the correct lighting so yoru turtle can metabolize it's food.

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