General Care Discussion :: Turtle shell condition.

Taking care of your turtle's overall health.

Post Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:33 pm   Re: Turtle shell condition.

if i notice that he is shedding his scutes can i help him remove them?
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Post Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:13 am   Re: Turtle shell condition.

If it's coming off normally (thin and translucent), leave it be as it should come off soon. Retained scutes should be handled with care, since they might pull off parts of the vulnerable scute underneath. Do check retained scutes carefully since they might also cause an infection of the scutes under it.
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Post Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:04 am   Re: Turtle shell condition.

You can VERY LIGHTLY scrape a bit with your hand. If it doesn't come off easily, don't force anything, you might hurt your turtle s:
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Post Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:20 am   Re: Turtle shell condition.

Yes I agree with Steve . To a point , PokePony too , "Very Lightly" only , some will have a different definition of very lightly // if you pull can cause damage to the new scute even bone underneath . Best "beginners" let the whole scute come off on it's own rather pulling any breaking scute into pieces. Infection's can and will happen quickly especially talking about retained scutes.


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Post Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:39 pm   Re: Turtle shell condition.

Worms in tank?
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Post Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:24 pm   Re: Turtle shell condition.

That's very vague ! Any pictures ? Close up. I assume not earth worms you trying to feed it. With all the foods you have been using you need to remove all that's not eaten , everyday. More time and attention needs to be given to the setup. Read top header on this page for habitat care and water quality. When leaving uneaten food in a tank it's common you will get planaria or detritus worms , clean all well filter too ! Will take time to get all stages/generations of them out.

Did you get a work permit yet any side jobs around the neighborhood ? Maybe got something the tank needs for Christmas ? Going five months since you got Rocky he needs the things we talked about before post end up in urgent care.
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Post Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:14 am   Re: Turtle shell condition.

New uvb lamp and bulb soon getting a new tank 75gl, new basking dock, new suckerfish for a cleaner tank and a new filter
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Post Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:39 am   Re: Turtle shell condition.

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Post Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:09 pm   Re: Turtle shell condition.

Try live aquatic plants from a fish store. Our turtle won't eat any vegetables unless it has been a plant from our fish tank.
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Post Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:47 pm   Re: Turtle shell condition.

Is it okay for my turtle to be sleeping on basking dock with head down?
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Post Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:26 pm   Re: Turtle shell condition.

Is this with the lights on? They are usually alert when basking, but do nap from time to time.
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Post Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:19 pm   Re: Turtle shell condition.

Yes this is with the lights on
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Post Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:20 am   Re: Turtle shell condition.

If it happens for brief periods, it's somewhat normal.
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Post Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:29 pm   Re: Turtle shell condition.

Ok
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