It is not often that turtles become paralyzed. However, occasionally this will happen and when it does it is important that you take your turtle to a veternarian immediately to have it looked at. Almost all the time it is irreversable however it is still important that you have the turtle looked at so that the condition does not get worse and the root cause can be determined. The longer you leave your turtle, the more longterm damage will be caused to it.

Paralysis in turtles can occur for a variety of reasons. The most common cause is a severe injury either self-inflicted or inflicted by another animal. Birth defects can also cause paralysis.

Sometimes chronic nutritional problems have been known to cause paralysis in turtles. This usually only happens after long periods of neglect in regards to the turtles diet.

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