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Posted by EricO on March 04, 2002 at 10:08:10:
In Reply to: Advice needed with SCUD and African Flapshell posted by Maxx MacLeod on March 01, 2002 at 22:45:44:
Senegalensis frequently comes in with major shell lesions. One person thought this was due to living in a rocky environment (he claimed to have habitat data), but others have questioned this concept. Although topical antibiotics, such as triple antibiotic ointment (which stays on well underwater)coupled with ocassional drying and very localized application of Betadine solution (but not in small softshells - toxicicty has been reported by experts) will help, the healing process will proceed better with injectable antibiotics, such as Baytril of amikacin. I was able to clear one up with this combination, but it is a slow process. Historical note: this was one of the only times I was outraged at the condition of a turtle on arrival and argued with the supplier. For some reason, senegalensis doesn't appear to be a vigorous feeder. My current specimen (arrived with reasonably good shell) takes a long time to eat his earthworms and, prior to shipping, had taken hours to eat a pinky mouse. Rob MacInnes at Glades was concerned about its nutritional status, but it has acclimated tolerably well and is feeding regularly. I have had it for over 7 months now.