Dry shell

DanH44

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The top of my Russians shell seems dry and jagged almost, no pyramiding. I wet her substrate down everyday. Every other day soaks. I have a 75 watt basking bulb which I don’t think is too low to substrate. Is there anything I can rub on her shell?
 

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It says for tortoises and to spray directly on them. Is this safe?
 

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I agree with Jamie. The natural oils are always better. Regular soaks are a great help. You can get the substrate too wet for a Russian; I prefer to mist every other day. Russians are desert torts and tend to look dry. I judge more by peeling skin. I don't mix but also use the coconut, almond or olive oils occasionally; when I want to make Digger "pretty". Tip: Just a drop on your finger; a little goes a long way.
 

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I just get nervous because her back is literally sharp in spots around the scutes, pieces raising up
 

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This "pyramiding" can not be reversed. But, moisture and high fiber diet will keep it from getting worse. Soaks, a little oil on occasion and lots of leaves in the diet.
 

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I agree with posters before. Regular soaks and maybe some coconut oil. Just wondering, what type of bulb do you use? Some bulbs can damage the carapace including MVB bulbs and spot bulbs.
 

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She is roughly 3.5 years old. I used to use a 100w basking bulb, seemed to hot so I lowered to a 75w.
 

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