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Red-ear shedding like crazy

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Posted by: AaronBayer at Mon Jun 24 10:25:53 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by AaronBayer ]  
   

About 1 month ago I rescued an adult male red-ear slider from some bad conditions. It was in a 20gal with filthy water, no basking spot, ate nothing but 1 type of pellet, and the filter had not been changed in at least 2 years.

Upon getting the turtle i gave it a quick inspection (i'm a snake guy, not a turtle guy so i din't really know what i was looking for) and it seemed surprizingly healthy... clear eyes, strong legs, and hard shell. I did notice that all of the segments of the shell looked like 9-10 layers of segments stacked upon each other which i thought was weird.

I got the turtle home, put it in a 40 gal with aged and dechlorinated water, brand new 75 gal filter,turtle dock with basking light. Water temps are at 75-76 day and night, basking spot on the dock is at 90, and I turn on a full spectrum bulb for a few hours ever couple of days.

The turtle is full of energy and swims about 80% of the time and basks about 20%. However he's shedding scales like crazy... every day there is another shell segment at the bottom of the tank. Also, he won't eat any type of turtle pellets but will eat a few crickets on occasion and has eaten one small piece of lettuce.

What should i do about his picky eating habbits and what is going on with the shedding?

any info will be appreciated.
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