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Shell curling at ends
Posted: 16/06/2013 by Phoenix

Hi - we have just been given a toroise to look after and it's shell is curled up at the back.  We think that it is abouit 11 years old.

Is this due to calcium deficiency of some sort?  We have put a UV light in the vivarium (which it hasn't had before) and have calcium powder to sprinkle on its food but are wondering whether there are any other reasons for this or anything else that we can do for it.

Any thoughts much appreciated thanks

Re: Shell curling at ends
Posted: 16/06/2013 by Tom

Hello,
This is probably quite normal. Can you post a few pics please ?
Regards
Tom

Re: Shell curling at ends
Posted: 16/06/2013 by Phoenix

I think they have attached

thanks

Re: Shell curling at ends
Posted: 16/06/2013 by Tom

Thank you. Difficult to see at that angle. Can you take some with the camera on the ground please ?

Re: Shell curling at ends
Posted: 16/06/2013 by Tom

Hello again,
I'd still like the pics svp, but will put your mind at rest. The growth is abnormal, but could be far worse. The poor thing has obviously been kept In a very small area. Most of it's claws are worn down, in trying to escape & it's legs are in a very poor state. It is a Hermanns tort, very hardy & it needs to be outside with lots of room. Re. UV light - there is no substitute for the sun. Can you offer it plenty of room outside? Let me know svp & I'll offer advice re. an enclosure, etc.
Regards
Tom

 

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