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do you cut a tortoises claws

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#1 Guest_torty_less_*

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 06:29 PM

hi just wondering if your supposed to cut a torts claws cos i have a approx 6 y/o horsefield whos claws are quite a length n wondered if i should have cut them??

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 07:03 PM

Probably best to leave them alone, you could file them a little bit I suppose, a peti-cure. lol. Freds' nails have never been cut in thirty years.

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 10:44 PM

i feed sven on a tile which helps wear down his beak and claws

#4 Guest_lepinsky_*

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Posted 24 March 2007 - 12:10 AM

Feeding them on a tile or large flat rough stones is a good idea, but sometimes the nails do grow too long. You can trim them yourself, but you need to be careful because there is a vein that runs through the middle of the nail and you don't want to cut that - so you might want to take him to a vet. But first decide if the nails are too long: Do they interfere with walking? Do the curl around? Horsfields love to dig, so they do need nails to do this with. Here's a picture of a normal horsfield's nails:


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