Intestinal Impaction


Lizards are known for getting sand and other object impacted in their intestines, but turtles are no different. Hatchlings and young turtles are at the greatest risk due to the small size of their intestines. Because of that size even a few grains of sand can become impacted within their intestines and cause a great deal of damage. If you have young turtles, especially hatchlings provide them with a substrate other than sand. Compressed dirt or reptile carpeting are the best ideas.

If something has become impacted within your turtle only surgery performed by your veterinarian can save it. This surgery can be complicated and costly so it is best to avoid the impaction in the first place.

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