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A Thread For Your Pictures of Split or Extra scutes

Discussion in 'Tortoise Photos & Videos' started by Yvonne G, May 13, 2017.

  1. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    Hey all you keepers of tortoises with split or extra scutes!! Come on here and post pictures of your tortoises along with a bit of info on them. It will be interesting to follow along the lives of your tortoises with aberrant scures. Post your pictures here with a little info about the tortoise, and update every so often so we can watch him grow. I'll start:

    This is Lil Kim, a rescue from SoCal. She/he's a babcock leopard,4 years old:

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    Next is a Gopherus agassizii that's 7 years old, another rescue raised indoors on a bad diet and with no UVB:

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    These two are from Will, about a year old, Manouria emys phayrei:

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    This is a two year old yellowfoot tortoise that I hatched here. I'm going to set it up by itself this summer and see if I can't get it to grow better:

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    And last but not least, Benawes, who will be 4 years in September, but right now he's behind the rose bush, and I couldn't reach him for a current picture. He's quite a bit bigger than this now:

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    is missing scute count??
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    Cowboy_Ken Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    11/16 hatchling…
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  4. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    Yup.
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    Thanks Yvonne~~

    This is day after she hatched. Is she comfortable?
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    Couple months after hatching! !

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    And enjoying some cooked pumpkin.

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    Here's my baby Scooter relaxing on her bath. We think of the extra scutes as her mohawk hence, her name:p
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    So where are pictures of older abnormal scute tortoises? Back to @Cowboy_Ken 's orginal question... are there really that few adult examples when we see so many split/abnormal scute babies???

    Here's a 6 year old Burmese star I have that is missing a scute. I got "her" sent to me as a female, but though it looked male when I got it. HE proved me right within a few months! Hatched Apr. 5, 2011

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    Truly a rare beauty:)
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    Gorgeous torts. I prefer split scutes. They are more interesting to me.

    Aside from Mark's, are most of the splits female?
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  12. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    Nope. I have a desert tortoise and a SA leopard with aberrant scutes and both are male.
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    does he show signs of pyramiding?

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    also how can i tell if he is growing
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    Looks pretty smooth to me.

    I trace the outline of babies on a piece of paper, then about once a month I make a new tracing on the same paper.
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    I also have this one. It is she....

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    thanks I will try that
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    my babies:tort::tort::<3: having a little chat:D
    left: Scooter + right: Groot
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    I haven't been on here in a while. I am happy to see this thread. I was wondering about the shell growth in the splits. Do the split scutes tend to pyramid more? One of mine is smooth, but the split area is looking like it is already wanting to pyramid. They are both hatched from this year. IMG_0638.JPG IMG_0944.JPG IMG_0483.JPG
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    Shouldn't matter. Just be sure to keep them in humid conditions, not dry.
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