I am keeping a couple of turtles in a 150 gallon tank located on my floor. The water is about 1 foot deep, and evaporates about 10 gallons per month. Needless to say, a lot of this water is getting airborne. Is there any chance that salmonella bacteria is getting in the air, too?

I figured that during condensation the water that evaporated would be pure and free of germs, leaving everything else behind in the tank, but I'm not sure about bacteria.
Also, what kinds of bacteria do turtles carrry besides salmonella. Exactly how impure is their water as far as bacteria is concerned?
I am keeping a couple of turtles in a 150 gallon tank located on my floor. The water is about ... kinds of bacteria do turtles carrry besides salmonella. Exactly how impure is their water as far as bacteria is concerned?

i would suggest that you get a stand for your tank and get it off the floor. as for salmonella, as long as you arn't licking you fingers are handling them or anything they come in contact with then you are safe.

john
I am keeping a couple of turtles in a 150 ... impure is their water as far as bacteria is concerned?

i would suggest that you get a stand for your tank and get it off the floor.

I don't want a top-heavy situation.
as for salmonella, as long as you arn't licking you fingers are handling them or anything they come in contact with then you are safe.

I'm always good at cleaning up, but I'm wondering about things that are in the same room, like food. The water that evaporates would surely come into contact with food lying around, especially on plants.
Salmonella is a common bacteria and has MANY strains of which ony a few are as virulent as the ones read about in the paper. The strains include those that cause typhoid and paratyphoid fever. The strain that has caused the most problems with humans is S. enteridis.

Most higher forms of life have samonella as part of a normal gut flora.

Susceptability also involves the state of the immune system.

Bacteria (germs) do not inhabit evaporated water. Evaporated water is a gas, not a liquid. Any water that exits the tank is bound to contain salmonella.
Wash your hands, keep the area clean and don't drink any of the water. This is a sure to reduce any bacteria on your skin.

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Also, what kinds of bacteria do turtles carrry besides salmonella. >Exactly how impure is their water as far as bacteria is concerned?

They *** in their water and they're messy eaters, I think it stands to reason that there's bacteria in the water. When I had RES I had to change their filter daily and clean the tank weekly.
I decided to feed the turtles in a seperate bowl and it helped that the largest turtle used to go poop (an inch long poop at that) in the bowl as soon as he'd had breakfast.
I also used bought a fishnet used for catching small tank fish to scoop the poop out of the tank
john

Alice,
When water evaporates, it happens molecule by molecule. A bacteria is humongous, like the size of 100 million waters. Nothing that big can become airborne by evaporation. You may as well be worried that one of the turtles will become airborne during water evaporation. To the water, the bacterium and the turtle are both boulders. Lucky for us all, or we wouldn't dare breath the air in any restroom! Bacteria become airborne when water droplets are formed eg by sneezing or splashing. Advise your turtles to cover their mouths when sneezing.
Rick
i would suggest that you get a stand for your tank and get it off the floor.

I don't want a top-heavy situation.

a stand designed for a tank of that size would not leave you with a "top-heavy situation", rather a solid and secure enclosure for your pets.
john