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Post Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 12:48 pm   Strange Turtle Poop

Yesterday I noticed some strange dark green and orange stuff that resembled chipped paint in my turtles tank. I cleaned it up and didn't think anything of it.

Today, though, I fed her and she pooped. There was regular pea colore goopy poop and those dark green paint chip things again.

What the hell is this?
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 1:07 pm   

Okay, after closer examination, I can tell you now that they are smooth and flexible like plastic.
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 1:16 pm   

Is she eating any plastic plants or some decorations in the tank?
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 1:24 pm   

Check any fake plants for nibble marks and missing leafes
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 1:52 pm   

What do you have in the tank with your turtle?
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 4:08 pm   

Could also be pieces of silicone from the tank. If its not organic, then it is from some decorations.
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Post Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 5:18 pm   

There aren't any plants or anything decorations in the tank, just a brick, a little water and a filter 'cuz she's being dry docked. And the silicone doesn't look jagged or like she's been chewing on it.

She has been laying a lot of eggs this summer. And before a few years ago, I haven't seen her lay anything. She's 13.

It's just so strange. I've never seen this before.
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Post Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 7:35 pm   

That is very strange. How long has she been dry docked? Is it possible she's been eating her waste and this keeps going through her system?
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Post Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 10:47 am   

What kind of veggies are you feeding your turtle?
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Post Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:27 am   

None. She only eats the Reptomin floating sticks, and maybe a some kale, but she doesn't like anything but the sticks. And I won't feed her live feed because I'm afraid of worms and parasites.

She just finished eating. I'm waiting to see what comes out of her this time.
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Post Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:29 am   

Why don't you post a pic of your setup that way we can get a better idea of what we are dealing with. Maybe there is something that you aren't considering...
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Post Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:32 am   

It sounds like undigested plant leaves to me.
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Post Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 12:39 pm   

Hes saying he doesnt have plants

A picture would be nice
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Post Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 8:16 pm   

There's no way she eats her own poop. I do a water change every day, I don't feed her in the tank, and she doesn't go back in the tank until she poops.

I fed her two or three times since, and nothing weird has appeared, so maybe she's okay now. I saved her "stool". I'll take it to the vet.

Do you think it has anything to do with the eggs she was laying? Like some type of excretion like after birth or something of that nature?

I'll take a pic when I get my camera back. My friend had a car accident and she needed to borrow it. But it's just a smooth brick for basking on one side of the tank, 3" of water, and her filter on the other side.
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Post Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 8:19 pm   

When I find out what it is, I'll post it just incase it happens to one of your turtles and it turns out to be something serious.

I'm also going to ask the vet if I can terminate the dry docking. Her shell is healing (slowly but it's healing) and I'm sick of keeping her in such an environment.
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