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Burned Off or Damaged Carapace Scutes

Discussion in 'Tortoise Health' started by Yvonne G, May 28, 2017.

  1. Yvonne G

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

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    It IS fully healed. What you see is new keratin, new shell. It will never look like the old shell because the old shell put on new growth a bit at a time, making the scute pattern. Because of the overall injury, this new growth happened all at once, over time, so no scute pattern. Scutes are keratin. The new growth on this tortoise is keratin. Same thing, just a different appearance.
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    Thanks, I was just curious and still learning.
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    image.jpg image.jpg I have one like that as well he has been with me 12 years but his last owner let him tip a propain heater over on himself. Forever scarred but helthy and happy and growing now
    He is around the 100lb range
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    Nice to see so much improvement on his shell. You did good. Thanks for the update on this guy.
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    NorCal tortoise guy Well-Known Member

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    Sorry for any misunderstanding this is not the same guy but another guy with the same problem
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    Thank you for the interesting pictures! It's amazing how they are able to just build a new layer of keratin over a new layer of bone, but I wonder how the new shell "knows" where the edges of the scutes were supposed to be. But the new growth seems to look similar to the original scutes (except for the coloration), doesn't it?
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    Pretty safe to say it is in the tortoises genetics(genetic memory)of how things were originally:<3:.
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