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#1 Nicky

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 03:21 PM

I am going to attach a photo of Sheldon I would appreciate comments on his shell as it is very thin around the overhang bit and there is a triangle piece chipped off I have had him 6 weeks, got him from pet shop wondered if he has had a bad time and is the shell tough enough to repair and regenerate like our nails. Am I worrying unduly he seems very happy.
I await your comments, concerned Nicky

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 04:17 PM

Hi Nicky,
The very thin area overhanging Sheldon's shell looks like a new area of growth. This is normal. Sometimes tortoises also have chipped shells from wear and tear. I don't think there is any need to worry. Using calcium carbonate on his food should help toughen up his shell. You could also try some cuttlefish bone. Hope this helps. Take care.
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Posted 27 September 2012 - 05:27 PM

Hi Nicky
As Freddie says the 'see through bit' if this is what you are looking at is normal, even in older tortoises. It is keratin which lies over the bone and is always see through at the edges if the shell is a normal shape.
Your tortoise has obviously had some sort of change in feeding/care and possibly a bit too much food, so keeping an eye on weight gain will help with future growth too ;) The lighter colour is new growth and your tortoise has around 6 times he amount of new growth to what is normal - cute tortoise though.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 06:35 PM

Oh thanks, that has made me feel better. I have had him 6 weeks and he out on 4 grams and now lost 2 but I think he is very happy, well I would be if I was him. I pick him up quite a lot and talk to him is this normal, right, mad or stupid???
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