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Advice on shell and growth (and a few other things)

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    Hello!

    This is Eli, my Hermanns that I believe was hatched in October. After weighing him I realized that he weighs a bit more than he should for his size which is resulting in some slightly odd shell growth (hard to get a good picture of). I was wondering what more experienced people do to ensure their tortoise isn't over-eating and also any tips on avoiding this type of shell growth/pyramiding. He eats a variety of dark greens, weeds and occasion other vegetables (pepper, carrot etc) and Mazrui pellets with a calcium and vitamin supplement regularly. He soaks every day, drinks often and eats normally. He has a basking spot of 90, with 70-80 overall and cooler areas and humid areas. I'm mainly just looking for any advice and anything suggestions to improve his table. (please note, these pictures were take right before I replaced his water/cleaned out his food and bathed him so his table and him usually aren't so messy). Thank you so much!

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    Nothing looks weird to me. The enclosure is nice, but 1. I would cover it so your baby has humidity to continue to promote healthy shell growth, and 2. the temperature gauges are often inaccurate so I would get a digital hygrometer that measures both humidity and temp. They're pretty cheap.

    70 degrees sounds too cold for a baby so I'd boost the temperatures up as well to stay in the 80s range.
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    Your tort is pryramiding due to lack of humidity. You can't keep a proper humidity in an open enclosure. Also that disc you are using for temp and/or humidity is not an accurate device to use.
    Read the caresheet in the hermanns section and get a digital gauge for proper temp and humidity readings.
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    Hi! thank you so much for your reply! I usually cover the whole table at night but I will definitely find a way to have more coverage during the day. I forgot to mention that I do have the digital temp/humidity as well, I just got the gauge because the digital doesn't reach to that side of the table. I ALSO meant to say 80-85 degrees overall, 70 in the very coolest areas were he doesn't spend time. sorry for the mix up, thank you so much for the suggestions!
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    Glad you have another gauge. Covering during the day will help with giving more humidity during the day to help stop the pyramiding. Otherwise looks fine.
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    Thank you for the reply! again, I do cover at night (working on finding a cover for the day) and humidity is usually 50-70+%. I do have several of the digital gauges, the disc was given to me so I just use it for the area where the digitals don't reach. Thank you again for your reply, I appreciate it!
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    Okay, i'll get a cover this weekend. Thanks again!
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