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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

    Jan 23, 2008
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    Clovis, CA
    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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  2. Cheryl Hills

    Cheryl Hills Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2016
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    Youngstown, Ohio
    Thanks, I was just curious and still learning.
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