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Redness of new growth?
Posted: 26/02/2009 by littleheadvic

Hi


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One of my three female Hermanns (this one is a 2004 hatchling) looks to have a few very small areas of redness (possibly blood spots) under / on the new growth of the carapace, these areas also feels a little softer than the rest of her shell. I've never seen this before, I may be being a over worried mum but does anyone know anything about this condition? Is this shell rot? The other two are fine. I give them a good vitamin supplement, also I put a cuttle fish bone in and she does mad for it so I only let her have it for 10 mins a day. Can they eat too much of this or shall I just keep it in for her, the funny thing is the other two don't touch it. They are on a large tort table with a humidity currently about 40.        


Any ideas? Littlehead.

Re: Redness of new growth?
Posted: 26/02/2009 by vivtpgadmin

Hi Littlehead,  to enable us to help you we really need to see a photo of the areas of redness you describe as it could be a number of things, such as rapid shell growth or even septicemia, if it is the latter this can be serious and you would need to get your little hermann to a specialist tortoise vet asap.


If you have any problems loading your photos either as an attachment to a reply to my message or in the members gallery please let me know.


Regards Vivienne


 

Re: Redness of new growth?
Posted: 01/03/2009 by tpgNina

Hi Littlehead,

I was just wondering how your little tortoise is, and what the vet said about the spots on his carapace. I do hope he is OK.

Nina

Re: Redness of new growth?
Posted: 10/03/2009 by littleheadvic

Hello.


I had her looked at by the vet, he said its nothing to worry about and that the new growth may not have had time to calcify, so can get easily damaged, as here was a few very small red areas he recomended I use neat povidine iodine twice a day until it gets better. Good news, its something and nothing!  


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Re: Redness of new growth?
Posted: 10/03/2009 by ElaineTPG

Now that is good news. I can't remember if you uploaded pictures or not as this is a good example for new keepers. Once the sunshines she'll soon harden up. Keep up with the Limstone flour and Nutrobol on her foods and leaving some rainwashed cuttlebone around also lets them top-up on calcium when required.

Really appreciate the update, thanks,

Elaine

 

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