Baby eastern box turtle eyes shut closed sometimes.

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The one on the left is having problems of such. Previously as a hatchling the right one had it but the problem was eliminated now. Help
 

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The one on the left is having problems of such. Previously as a hatchling the right one had it but the problem was eliminated now. Help
The enclosure looks dry. The box turtles like it humid and like a moist substrate also. When I have raised baby Eastern box turtles I have kept them in habitats which were roughly half water and half really wet mulch. They did quite well in that situation. You might want to change out the carpeting and use cypress much instead. Keep the mulch pretty damp and the eyes should be fine (assuming their are no other health issues with that turtle).
 

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Yes, agree with @zovick - you need a good wet marsh land substrate going on in there, not a carpet. Wet leaf litter, cypress mulch. Make sure those boxies can get over and walk down into the water dishes. Try to get large terra cotta plant saucers and sink them down into the substrate so your turtle can crasl over and down into & fully submerge.
 

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i agree with both responses , they do best when kept wet ....... personally i've always been a fan of sphagnum moss ...... i've raised quit a few different types of hatchling turtles in it ....... it's easily cleaned , you clean it like you would a sponge , and replace whatever breaks down(you lose) with fresh moss ...... i soak it so there is standing water , i don't supply a water dish , and i keep the container as small as makes sense , small is much easier to keep clean , and keep one steady temp ......

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i agree with both responses , they do best when kept wet ....... personally i've always been a fan of sphagnum moss ...... i've raised quit a few different types of hatchling turtles in it ....... it's easily cleaned , you clean it like you would a sponge , and replace whatever breaks down(you lose) with fresh moss ...... i soak it so there is standing water , i don't supply a water dish , and i keep the container as small as makes sense , small is much easier to keep clean , and keep one steady temp ......

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Thank you I will do this.
The enclosure looks dry. The box turtles like it humid and like a moist substrate also. When I have raised baby Eastern box turtles I have kept them in habitats which were roughly half water and half really wet mulch. They did quite well in that situation. You might want to change out the carpeting and use cypress much instead. Keep the mulch pretty damp and the eyes should be fine (assuming their are no other health issues with that turtle).
i will do this
 

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i agree with both responses , they do best when kept wet ....... personally i've always been a fan of sphagnum moss ...... i've raised quit a few different types of hatchling turtles in it ....... it's easily cleaned , you clean it like you would a sponge , and replace whatever breaks down(you lose) with fresh moss ...... i soak it so there is standing water , i don't supply a water dish , and i keep the container as small as makes sense , small is much easier to keep clean , and keep one steady temp ......

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Mark I'm about to get a group of small ornate wood turtles and was planning a similar setup. How deep is the water level in your enclosures there?
 

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the box and wood turtles is probably 2" of moss , the water doesn't reach the top of the moss , probably about 1/2"-3/4" of standing water , anywhere there's a hole you'll see standing water ....... for the box turtles and wood turtles i do let the standing water dry up before i add water again , not sure why , i just do , seems more sanitary i guess ....... the blandings is mostly water with moss floating in it ..... i've read sphagnum moss has antibacterial and antifungal properties ? never looked into it , but i've also never seen it get mouldy , or stink ......
 
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