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Painted Turtle Health Provided with suitable housing and diet, painted turtles are active and energetic pets. But as with any animal, illness and disease can affect them. Some indicators of health problems include: swollen or sunken eyes; listing or inability to submerge; gaping or frothing at the mouth, or bubbles in the nose; excessive basking or refusal to enter the water; inability or refusal to feed; asymmetrical or irregular growth; obvious discoloration or open wounds on the skin or shell; or any other abnormal appearance or behavior. If your painted turtle exhibits any of these problems, veterinary attention is recommended. Be sure to use a vet that specializes in turtles and tortoises, or at least reptiles and exotic animals. A list of reptile vets can be found here.
Turtles as pets
The painted turtle is an aquatic (water) turtle. It spends the majority of it's time swimming and the rest of the time eating and basking on a dry rock in the sun. The care of painted turtles is much more like a fish in that they need a tank almost entirely filled with water in addition to the reptile lighting set up.