Eyes closed, new owner!

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Eyes closed, new owner!

Post by mattsmith » Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:25 pm

I got 2 yellow bellied sliders off of someone last night night who didn't have time for them.
The smaller of the 2 seems to have his eyes closed all the time.
They are in a 5ft tank, water temp is 25 Celsius and the basking area is 32 celsius.
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Re: Eyes closed, new owner!

Post by Neil » Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:27 pm

Hello and welcome to the site and forum :)

Turtles, like many reptiles, have what's called a "nictitating membrane" which is sort of like a protective extra eyelid which is translucent (hence the eyes looking cloudy) so that it can offer protection, while the animal can still see. It's possible there is a problem why it is not retracting, however I would hazard a guess that the most likely reason would be very poor water quality in the previous environment.

Did you use fresh, untreated tap water to fill the tank? Also, what is the lighting like?
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Re: Eyes closed, new owner!

Post by mattsmith » Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:43 pm

Api tap water conditioner added to the water,
Reptiglo 2.0 uvb
Hagen Exo Terra Basking lamp

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Re: Eyes closed, new owner!

Post by Neil » Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:20 pm

Likely a previous issue that should soon clear up then, your lighting isn't harsh enough to be an issue, your tank is a good size, and you've treated the water in the tank. Do you have a filter on the tank, and how long has it been running or is it a fresh setup?
0.1.0 - Chelydra serpentina
*.*.* - Graptemys ouachitensis
*.*.* - Pseudemys concinna
*.*.* - Pseudemys nelsoni
*.*.* - Trachemys scripta elegans
*.*.* - Trachemys scripta scripta

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Re: Eyes closed, new owner!

Post by mattsmith » Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:57 pm

Yeah i have a filter in it.

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