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Cracked Beak? - Russian tortoise

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    Sandradoucet12 New Member

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    Hello everyone! I noticed my tortoise beak looks like it has a crack? Please give advice. Thank you. Do I need to trim her beak shorter? Maybe it's a stress crack? Maybe he is dehydrated? IMG_20190723_181125.jpeg IMG_20190723_184926.jpeg IMG_20190723_184932.jpeg IMG_20190723_184927.jpeg IMG_20190723_181126__01.jpeg
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    His beak. Sorry! Typo and I have no idea how to fix the post.
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    As you have already suggested, I would definitely get their beak trimmed! You may also want to start giving him cuttlebone to keep the beak length down for the future
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    The beak is overgrown. You need to trim the beak before a piece breaks off. A vet can do it if you’re not happy having a go.

    Things you can do to prevent this in future:
    - Feed food that needs to be torn at by the tort; don’t chop it up. Weeds are more fibrous than lettuce.
    - Let your tortoise have an outdoor enclosure incorporating a bit of weedy lawn for it to graze on.
    - Put a cuttlebone in to be chomped on. Buy one from the bird aisle of the pet store.
    - Put food on a rough surface, eg a piece of flat rock or slate, or even the ‘wrong’ rough side of a ceramic wall tile.
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    He will not eat the cuttle bone. How often can I trim the beak? I just trimmed it before the picture. I don't chop up any of the foods. I feed on a rough surface also.
    Thank you for answering.
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    That beak is still badly overgrown.

    It should look like this.
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    It may well be better to get a vet involved as there’s a lot to do. What do you think @Yvonne G?
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    Ah, I had no idea. I went by what my friend who gave it to me told me. I know the beak has nerves. So I don't want to trim it to short to fast also.
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    Ok. So i talked to my friend. This is what the vet said to trim the beak to. They told her that was perfect. Which is what she told me.
    Sandra
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    I bought some slate. Does this look better? IMG_20190730_155942.jpeg
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