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Custom Prosthetic Shell

Discussion in 'General Tortoise Discussion' started by Turtlepete, May 22, 2016.

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  1. Turtlepete

    Turtlepete Well-Known Member

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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-covering-replace-armour-burnt-bush-fire.html

    Not sure if this has been posted here on not, but I reckon many will enjoy it.

    A tortoise (redfoot?) badly burned by a fire received a custom 3D prosthetic shell. Quite interesting. I do wonder how it will function in comparison to a natural shell as a lot more is going on then just "armor".
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    Very cool thanks for sharing this it's awesome, also do you think it will hinder uvb intake. Anyways it's cool what they did for the tortoise, saving it and all.
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    From my understanding most UV absorption occurs in the skin of reptiles. I would be more concerned with how the prosthetic shell would affect temperature regulation.
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    Your right, maybe they have a coolent or a cooling system in there to keep it from overheating?
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    We've seen one like this before, but it was a leopard tortoise, and they didn't paint it like a tortoise, but left it red. The idea seems like a good one, but, like you, I wonder about thermoregulation, etc. I would love to be able to follow along with this tortoise's life as the shell naturally repairs itself.
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