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Old 14-11-2019, 12:43 PM
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Default Map turtle - head and arms tucked in?

We have a female Mississippi map turtle, about 6 years old.

About two months ago, she started swimming around her tank at high speed with her head and arms tucked in, and bashing into the glass and rocks. This has damaged the front of her shell.

She was out in a garage, which she had been happy with previously, so we were concerned that the air temperature might have dropped overnight, so we have brought her back into a holding tank in the house, but she still keeps doing this.

She is eating well, and sunbathes fine. She laid unfertilised eggs in the summer.

Any suggestions what might be behind this???
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Old 16-11-2019, 01:55 PM
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I can't say for certain what this means, but I've seen similar behaviour in my turtles when they're scared and/or mad at something. Some of the turtles who did not get along would swim up to the intruder, head and arms tucked in, and stare them down. They would also flutter their claws in the other's face.

How often is she doing this? Has anything other than the temperature changed?
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Old 18-11-2019, 01:59 PM
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Thanks for responding.

She's tucking her head and arms in most of the time, especially when swimming. She is bashing herself against the glass and starting to damage the shell. She's done this now for a couple of months.

I suspect it must be some form of stress, but I cant figure out from what. I initially thought she didn't like the colder air in the garage as autumn came, so she was moved back inside, but this hasn't stopped the behaviour.

I wondered whether she was missing anything from her diet. She is on a complete dry food, supplemented with vegetables. Is there any other form of treat that Map Turtles like?
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Old 18-11-2019, 03:01 PM
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What temperature is the water? Does she have a basking area and uv? Do you know how old she is - she could possibly be wanting to lay eggs?

Do you have any pictures of her and her set up?
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Old 18-11-2019, 06:28 PM
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The water is at 28. I had increased that from 25, as I was worried about whether she was chilled.

She has basking and UV. I replaced the bulb a few weeks ago.

She is about 5, we cant be precise because she was rescued by the RSPCA. She laid single eggs for the first time in about May, then one in June, and then 5 in August. None since.

I will try and attach some photos. She's now in a holding tank which we hoped might help her recover. Her main tank is three foot by two foot.
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Old 18-11-2019, 06:34 PM
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Dont seem to be able to attach pictures. Is there a minimum posts threshold?
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Old 18-11-2019, 06:37 PM
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Dont seem to be able to attach pictures. Is there a minimum posts threshold?
Try this:

To add photos (thanks Boxman)

To insert photos in RFUK
Click on your user CP tab (top left)
Click on Pictures and Albums ( 7th line down)
Click on Add album
Go into the new album and click Upload pictures. Browse and upload the picture of your choice (NOTE- it must have a maximum of 600px wide size)
Click on the uploaded picture in your album.
Highlight and copy the BB code.
paste the code into the post you are writing. (it helps to have two issues of RFUK up at this point).
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Old 18-11-2019, 06:43 PM
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Old 18-11-2019, 06:45 PM
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Thanks for the guidance, not sure I could have worked out that posting method...

Hope you can see the problem?
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