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Burnt Turtle? Very Worried!

PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:28 pm
by Straw6erry
Hi! I recently got a RES and decided to join the community! :D

His name is Ozone (Ozzy) and he's about 2 inches and we've had him for just about 1 month; his current setup is a 10 gallon with a heater. We give him sun everyday to compensate for a UVB, since it's still shipping over. His diet consists of green leaf lettuce daily with commercial pellets every few days and in moderation some carrots/dried shrimp.

Recently our ceramic heater (50W) arrived and I set it up as a basking spot for him, monitoring the temperature. Initially it was around 40C/104F and noticed he stopped basking altogether, but after research I corrected it to 30-35C/90-95F. Ozzy started to bask a looot more, which was great. However today I noticed his shell looked funny, it seemed much[i][/i] more darker in splotchy patches and when he was in water it looked very shiny/silvery. I immediately turned the basking bulb off and am very scared/feel extremely guilty if I burnt him. :(

Here a few photos (Note: these were taken hours after because I didn't want to touch and hurt him if he was burnt)



Burnt neck??

Re: Burnt Turtle? Very Worried!

PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:39 pm
by steve
It's normal and expected for them to become darker/browner as they get older. I'm not sure I see 'burning' or anything very unusual. What dock do you have? What are you using to measure temps?

Re: Burnt Turtle? Very Worried!

PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:38 pm
by Straw6erry
My sister apparently took pictures immediately after he was 'burnt', to me it seems there is a burnt line and dark splotched compared to the photo I attached originally:


Blotch on top

I don't know if I'm being paranoid, but his shell seemed extremely shiny compared to before when he was in the water

His dock is a penplax we shipped over, we measured the temperature with the thermometer directly atop the basking platform which was measured 33C

Basking platform

Re: Burnt Turtle? Very Worried!

PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:34 pm
by steve
I don't think there is any burning, at least I still don't see it from the pictures. You also might be feeding him a bit too much from the looks of his shell.