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Turtle Vomited

Discussion in 'Turtles' started by Jay1718, May 3, 2017.

  1. Jay1718

    Jay1718 Established Member

    Last night my turtle vomited. It was just food from earlier, and then he immediately began to eat the food again. I have seen him do this once before a few months ago.
    He doesn't act sick he is swimming, eating, pooping, and basking like he usually does.
    Any suggestions on what caused the vomiting and how it can be prevented? Should I be worried and make a vet appointment?
    Just a quick run down on his setup.
    65 gallon tank
    Water temp 78 degrees
    Ambient air 78 degrees
    Basking temps 90 degrees
  2. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    Hi, there`s a difference between actually vomiting and regurgitating food, are you sure the turtle vomited?
    If it was regurgitation one cause could be handling shortly after a meal, did you do that?
  3. Jay1718

    Jay1718 Established Member

    No, I didn't handle him. But it was food, greens and two crickets.
    I'm wondering if he was just too full or too excited. He free feeds with various greens daily and gets pellets and/or invertebrates and fish 3 times a week.
    He has been acting fine all day, swimming, basking, and begging for food. I'm gonna keep an eye on him, if it happens again I'm gonna consult my vet
    Thanks for the reply
  4. Darkbird

    Darkbird Elite Member

    This isn't something I've had a problem with, but I can think of a couple reasons why it might happen on occasion and not really be an issue. First would be simply ingesting too much food, they can be little gluttons and will happily overeat given a chance. The second thing would be the same as us, it may have just gotten something stuck during eating and that was the only way to clear it. Neither of these things is cause for any real concern unless it starts happening a lot, then there might be an issue. Mostly just keep an eye on the situation.

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