is one case from a series of reports compiled as part
of an investigation into photo-kerato-conjunctivitis,
possibly occurring as a result of excessive low-wavelength
UVB radiation under certain brands of fluorescent
do not view this one case without reference to the
whole report of which it is a part.
History : GG
(New Jersey, USA) - Red-eared slider turtle
(Trachemys scripta elegans)
red-eared slider turtles (Trachemys scripta elegans),
one male and two females, aged 8.5 months, were initially
housed in a temporary aquarium in September 2006 while
a new 90-gallon custom-built tank was under construction.
new ZooMed Reptisun 10.0 Compact Lamp (Lamp BW5) was
hung vertically in an 8.5 inch diameter brooder dome
fixture, about 14 - 15 inches above the basking area,
for about 10 days. No problems were seen.
November 9th 2006 the turtles were transferred to
their new tank (Figure 1) in which the compact lamp
was mounted horizontally in a highly polished stainless
steel reflector hood (Figure 2, below)) mounted 12
inches above the basking area.
4 days, all three turtles had swollen eyelids. The male
was worst affected (Figure 3).
ZooMed Reptisun 10.0 compact lamp was removed and replaced
by a new Reptisun 5.0 compact lamp; the stainless steel
hood was replaced by a similar hood painted flat black with
a heat-resistant paint, and the distance from lamp to basking
area was increased to 13.5 inches.
three turtles recovered within a few days and no problems
have occurred since.
ZooMed Reptisun 10.0 lamp was submitted to FB for testing
(Lamp ref. BW5, estimated use 150 hours).