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Mites & Ticks

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Mites and Ticks are small parasites that feed on the skin of your turtle. Small parasites will be visible on the surface of your turtle. When a situation like this occurs it is always best to seek the advice of your veterinarian. They will be able to confirm the diagnosis by using a microscope and recommend a treatment. Most animals that are kept as pets are at risk of becoming infected with mites and/or ticks. The best way to avoid these parasitic infestation is to ensure that the turtles habitat is clean at all times. It is recommended that you thoroughly clean the habitat on a weekly basis with minor cleanings as needed on a daily basis.

Many turtle owners are tempted to pull the mites or ticks off the surface of the turtle. This can actually cause more damage because parts of the parasites will still be left in the skin. This can cause infection over time as there will be many tiny but open wounds on the surface of the turtle. Furthermore, the infestation is likely to reoccur shortly because you will never have completely eliminated it. Substances are available either through your veterinarian or your local pet store that you can bathe your turtle in to kill the parasites.


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