Injury to baby leopard tortoise nose

klemerick

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Hello! I have three baby leos, all from the same clutch, in an indoor enclosure. Humidity is 80%, basking spot is 100-105 degrees, warm side is about 90 degrees, cool side is about 80 degrees, and overnight the enclosure is between 77-80 degrees.

On Monday, I took them out to do their morning soak and thought Colby had a piece of substrate (eco-earth) on her nose, but it wouldn’t come off and I thought it must be a little scab. Today, it’s a little bigger but looks like that little scale on her face is lifting a little bit. No changes in eating, pooping, or activity level and it doesn’t seem to be bugging her at all.

Is this something that I should be treating with OTC medication, should she see a vet, or should it just be monitored? She hatched on 06/01/21, and is currently 54 grams. Thank you for any help you can provide!
 

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klemerick

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Also, the first two pictures were pre-soak and the third one is post-soak. The scale is no longer brown underneath; I think that *was* just some substrate and her soak cleaned it out (she loves to “play turtle” and dunk her head underwater 😂) but the scale is lifted, regardless.
 

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I doubt it will reattach. You can ask a vet to clip off the lifted part. You shouldn't do it yourself because it may bleed. A vet can stop the bleeding. I'm pretty sure a new scale will grow over the area.
 

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Lovely looking tortoise I like the shell scute pattern. Hope you get it trimmed and sorted.
 

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Lovely looking tortoise I like the shell scute pattern. Hope you get it trimmed and sorted.
Thanks!! She’s a cutie, and the biggest of the bunch! We need to establish with an exotics vet anyway, so this is a good reason to go in and do that too.
 
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