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#1 babettebeau


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Posted 14 June 2017 - 09:54 PM

Hi everyone

I saw videos of people cleaning their torts when they bath them to remove the soil in their front and back armpits or on shell for example. I mean cleaning with water only and a cotton bud and tooth brush, although the toothbrush sounds harsh for their sensitive growth tissues.

Is that really necessary to clean them? I mean nobody cleans them in nature and my first thinking is soil and a bit of mud might help natural shedding of their skin and contribute to the natural abrasion of the shell. Nature always makes things harmonious,right?

I am asking because I have no intention to clean the soil off my torts when they live outdoors.

I am not even sure they like to be cleaned 😏

What are your thoughts on that?

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 02:54 AM

Hi Sabina,

I've never cleaned a tortoise in all the years i've kept them they do get a soak but that's it, some people put too much of a human look into keeping them thinking they look better when their clean where they seem more happy when their covered in mud, and they don't stay clean long any way. :) 

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Posted 23 June 2017 - 10:38 PM

Agree with Karen. It's a bit like people who constantly wash dogs etc. Sooner or later they will have problems if nature is interfered with. I have a little male with no tail which obviously needs an eye keeping on his nether regions in case he gets a build up of faeces, but he's the only one who ever needs this attention.

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