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Algae on your Turtle

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Some algae growth on your turtle is acceptable however large amounts can lead to serious infections. If your turtle has had problems before with infections, especially of the shell it is important to clean any algae off regularly. If the algae growth persists it can lead to a damaging condition called shell rot. Shell rot causes permanent damage to your turtle so obviously you should take the steps necessary to avoid this.

An old toothbrush works best to remove any excess algae from your turtle. Running the turtle under warm water and then brushing the shell will yield the best results.

If algae is continually growing on your turtle take a look at their requirements for temperature and humidity levels by using our care sheets to ensure that algae growth is no longer a problem. You may also wish to test your water quality because that is one of the leading causes of excess algae growth on turtles.


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