Turtles like the Map turtle can make interesting and entertaining pets. If you love turtles and are planning to bring one into your home, talk with your vet first to learn about basic care and overall health and wellness. A common condition to watch out for in turtles like the Map turtle is necrotic stomatitis, which is also known as mouth rot. Stomatitis refers to an inflammation of the mouth or the oral cavity. The condition generally appears as small hemorrhages on the gums or as excessive amounts of mucus in the mouth that may contain blood or pus. These could also appear on the inside edge of the lip area. In most cases mouth rot occurs as a secondary condition of another illness or injury including poor nutrition, stress, improper environmental temperatures or overcrowding. For more details about treatment and care, talk with your vet Upper Arlington, OH.