Hi. I am new to this forum. I have looked everywhere online and cannot find a single thing that relates to my turtles issue. I am hoping that this forum will provide me some answers.
My RES is about 3 years old. He has recently developed a hole where his nostrils are supposed to be. He is not bubbling or running or bleeding out of this hole. In fact, none of his behavior has changed at all.
It almost looks like something bit his nose off. But he is alone in the tank.
I don't get the impression that he is sick---as none of his habits or eating behaviors have changed.
Has anyone had this problem before and if so, what the heck do I do about it? If anything?
Thanks in advance for everyone's time.
Welcome to the forum!
Can you post a photo of the turtle's nose? You have to put it on-line somewhere and then link to it. Not seeing photos, based on what you've said, it would be my guess that some kind of bacterial or fungal infection ate away some of the turtle's nose tissue. If there is not any sign of fuzz or discoloration at this time, it may have stopped. A reptile vet could tell you more. Unfortunately, there's no way to restore the missing tissue. As long as the turtle can breathe though, he can live with it. Maintain good water quality which I know is hard with turtles. Do water changes as needed to keep the water clear and relatively clean. That will reduce further infection. I also add a tablespoon of aquarium salt per 5 gallons of changed out water. The salt suppresses bacteria and fungus. I know though as soon as I change my turtle's water, he passes a large wad of feces so keeping things clean is hard! I have a UV sterilizer in the tank which helps too.