Internal Parasites


Water turtles are the most susceptible types of turtle to internal parasites. Flukes, roundworms and tapeworms are a few of the most common parasites that affect turtles. Turtles that are brought in from the wild and even turtles that have been bought from a pet store should be checked out for internal parasties. If there are other turtles already living in the habitat you intend to bring your new turtle into be sure to have the turtle checked BEFORE it is brought home so that no parasites are transferred to the other turtles.

As usual veterinarian assitance will be needed to confirm the diagnosis of internal parasites. They will generally examine the turtles stool with a microscope and potentially do blood tests if they feel it is necessary.

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