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... term used in English for several smaller species of turtle living in fresh or brackish water. The species called terrapin do not form a taxonomic unit

Terrapin not using his back legs!      7/14/14
<Hiya - Darrel here>
I wandered if you could help me, I have a yellow bellied slider, I've only had him for a year now, I'm his 3rd owner so am unsure about age and gender although I am pretty sure he's male.
<Sliders get sexually mature with size, not age, so he may not be big enough to easily tell yet>
He's been really lethargic lately, sleeping a lot of the time, not basking, however he's still eating completely normally. I noticed last night that he's not using his back legs when swimming and will quite often just let
one or both of them drag behind him, when you pick him up out of the water he kicks them about but it's almost as if when he's in the water, he doesn't know what to do with them anymore. He has started to kick one of them about whilst in the water today but the other one he is just literally letting it drag behind him.
Is there anyone that could possibly have some advice for me to follow as this is my first terrapin and I'm not too sure what will come out of this?
<What comes to mind is a vitamin deficiency. This could be caused by diet or lighting/heat or a combination of things. The first thing I would do is isolate him (we call it dry docking) because when a turtle is ill, the warm, wet tank can cause more harm than good. Read here about dry-docking and treating for vitamin deficiency.
Feed him small pieces of beef or chicken liver.>
<Incorrect lighting can lead to metabolic problems as well, Read here and make sure ALL your care is up to the job:
http://www.wetwebmedia.com/FWSubWebIndex/RESCareBarton.htm >
<The important thing with a turtle that has trouble swimming or is lethargic is to not leave him alone in water deep enough than he may drown>

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