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Red Footed Tortoise New Owner Need Help

beak and scarring

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#1 leeheddle


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Posted 03 September 2012 - 12:05 AM

My daughter brought home a tortoise and it has a scar on the top of its head that looks like someone burned it with a cigarette, It's beak is very overgrown. I have made an appointment to a local vet who treats reptiles. I'm afraid it will have long term deformities though. I can not see any nostrils on the top of his head either, could they be plugged by the burn? I feel so bad for it. I have managed to get the tortoise to eat. The beak does cause alot of effort and struggle for it while eating. Can continued trimming of the beak get the tortoise back to somewhat normal?

#2 mildredsmam


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Posted 03 September 2012 - 02:39 AM

hi welcome to the forum :wave:
sounds like hes found a good home :)
the vet will trim his beak back,which will help him to eat better.
is it a specialist reptile vet your seeing as regular vets often have little knowledge on tortoises :)

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 06:25 PM

Good luck x p'haps once he's had his beak trimmed put cuttle fish in for him to nibble on n help his calcium levels n help keep his beak trimmed down a bit x

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 07:58 PM

Hello and welcome to the forum,sounds like he's come to a good home now,looking forward to seeing some pictures i also have a redfoot tort that i rehomed,put some slate down for him to eat from and cuttlefish as this will also help to keep the beak trim

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