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  1. #1

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    Default Is My Turtle Fat?

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    So I took my turtle outside today and noticed something with his legs. I'm not sure if this is normal, not normal or if it's because he's overweight or if there's something wrong with him. As you can see in the photos, it just looks like maybe a glob of fat? When he would breathe in it would go back in like in the second photo. If it has been there before or always been there, I've never noticed it until now. I will be honest and say that I probably do feed my turtles too much. I just can't stand when the start swimming into the glass as fast as they can when they see me, hoping I'll feed them.

    Does anyone know if this is normal or not? If it's because he is overweight or because something else is wrong? Thanks.

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    I know nothing about turtles, but I would imagine fat would not move around so much. Sorry that I am not much help.

    Also, if your turtles are going head first into the glass when they see you, maybe get them little helmets... had to say it. I am a smart ass at heart.

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    Quebec, CA

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    Does your other turtle have the same thing? I know she doesn't go outside, but can you check her in the tank?
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    I know nothing about turtles either but maybe Nat will pop in with some explanation. Is it the same on both sides? Front and back?
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    Overweight turtles usually have trouble pulling their limbs in and it effect all four limbs. The fact that you haven't noticed it before and it goes in and out with respiration is a bit worrisome. If you have a reptile veterinarian near you, it might be time for a visit. I wish I could help more, but it is too hard to tell from pictures. Look on websites for reptile veterinarians or ask your dog and cat vet if they know of one. Don't take him or her (I can't see the tail), to anyone who has not dealt with turtles before. That would be a waste and reptiles, especially those who spend a significant time in water, stress easily on long car rides.


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