10 thoughts on “Betadine Bath Turtle

  1. The spots i have figured out on my turtle R very small but brown.Is this a sign of shell rot and what do I do?
    pictures were tooken but i cant post them.please email me so i can send them to you and tell me what you think.Your help would be so very helpful.
    thank you.

  2. White spots and red belly’s what is wrong?
    My baby turtles have white spots on their shells which I thought might be them shedding their shells. However I have noticed their bellies are a little pink on the outsides. Idk what to do!
    After i apply the peroxide do i let them stay out of the water for 2 hours or put them back in after it’s dried?

  3. My turtle has some sort of creamy substance on it’s hands and neck. Could it be just feces or should I worry?
    It’s a small 2 inch japanese turtle.It’s mostly on the hind legs and there’s more caught on it’s neck, I saw when it stuck out his head.

  4. How do I make a salt bath for my RES?
    So, I’ve heard that if your turtle has shell fungus, you should make a salt water bath for your turtle. I know this may sound dumb, but I have no idea what to do. Do I just get regular table salt, mix it with water, and bathe my turtle? Or do I get a specific salt? My turtle that has shell fungus is also in a tank with others. Should I bathe them too?

    • Shell fungus can be cured easily with Betadine [Povidone iodine] 10% solution and it is much more effective than salt.

      Dry your turtle with paper towel and apply Betadine all over the shell. Keep the turtle out of water [dry dock it] for 6 hours. Isolate him in a smaller tank or tub and leave him in the water for 2-4 hours then dry and apply Betadine again.
      Repeat this regime for 7 days and it should be OK.

      *** Fungus spores will be in the water so you need to do a complete water-change and clean the tank (and other turtle shells) with Betadine solution.

      Fungus usually occurs because of poor water quality or lack of a suitable basking area for turtles to dry-out on.

      30% of your tank should be “dry land” for the turtles to dry-out, bask and get UV light.

      Day-time Ultra-Violet light, “normal” light and basking spot heat should be provided by a single 100 or 160 watt mercury vapour UV & Heat Lamp such as the Zoo Med PowerSun lamp. This should have the height adjusted so that the ground temperature directly under the lamp is 95ºF.
      The lamp should be on for 12 – 14 hours a day.

      Water temperature should be controlled by a water heater with a guard specifically manufactured for turtles. Set the thermostat at 75ºF.

      Your turtle should be fed on a mixture of :
      Cooked shrimp
      Cooked fish (any)
      Fresh trout or salmon in worm-sized strips
      Lean beef in worm-sized strips
      ReptoMin turtle pellets ***
      Earthworms (nightcrawlers)
      Wax worms
      Defrosted shellfish sold as marine fish food
      You should also have a cuttlefish bone floating in the water as a supply of calcium and an aid to natural beak trimming.
      Twice a week dry the food with a paper towel and put 2 or 3 drops of liquid reptile vitamins on it …

      *** the pellets should be soaked in calcium lactate or calcium borogluconate solution or Fluker’s Liquid calcium for 10 minutes prior to a feed.

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  5. This bump.. what is it. What do I do to get rid of it?
    had a baby a month ago. Then on Wednesday I had bleeding when I went to the bathroom and the next day I have like a bump that is pretty big. I mean you can feel it and see it rised up. Plus it hurts to walk and stuff. What do I do?
    Yes its on my butt. Where hemorriods would be.

  6. Why is my pet turtle not eating?
    I have 2 pet turtles. The small one is not eating. It has some white stuff coming out of its shell from the leg and arm holes. Do turtles shed skin? Does it have fungus or is it just shedding its skin? It used to be hyperactive but now it is sleepy and dull.

    • okay, before racing to the vet and wasting money, go to the pet store and get some feeder goldfish and 2-3 pellets of “Dr. Turtle” or “Sulfa Bath” or “Sulpha Block”.

      The dr turtle/sulpha things kill the fungus. The goldfish or any live food should draw the turtles attention. If stuff is coming out of the skin, it is too late. If it is on the surface of the shell you can take the turtle out of the water, dry it, keep it under UVB lights and heat for 24 hours. Rub alcohol and lemon juice on the SHELL ONLY. Take a dull knife and scrape out the whiteness from the shell. Put Betadine Iodine on the scapes and leave it in the heat. Feed it in water after 24 hours of heat and UVB.

      It will work, trust me. And do a FULL WATER CHANGE before putting in the sulpha

      Look closely at the turtle, it is rare for the fungus to come out of the skin without you niticing a progression of illness over a 4 week incubation period. The shell is where it is coming from.

      I operated on my turtle and the shell is fixed

  7. how do you wash a red ear slider?
    how do you wash a red ear 2” slider turtle….. he smells real bad…. and i need to clean him.. my friend says its not good for him… please tell me how to clean him
    i wash him but he still smells and i use a rag… i wash his tank all the time

    • Sounds like possible fungal infection… here are some details
      Fungal Infections: Red Eared Sliders and other turtles can develop fuzzy gray and white patches that are fungal growths. One of the major causes of this is poor water quality and a improper basking area. Make sure you have a good full spectrum or UVB Light bulb and heat lamp that gives off some good heat. Turtles need this for the prevention of fungal infections. Another important thing is a basking area. Your Red Eared Slider Will need some sort of land mass to completely dry itself to prevent shell problems and respiratory infections.

      Treatment: ACRIFLAVAN, is available at most pet stores and will often eradicate fungal infections when it’s added to water. I also recommend Hagen Sulfa bath and Betadine. If you choose to use Betadine, apply a small amount to a toothbrush and scrub the turtles shell. Once the Betadine is covering the infected areas, let it stay on in a dry area for 20 minutes. Repeat this process twice daily for 2 weeks. Make sure you do not get it in the turtles eye’s. If this happens, please rinse the res ASAP.

      Hope this helps

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