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my russian tortoise shell problem

Discussion in 'Russian tortoises' started by Raymond23, Mar 2, 2018.

  1. Raymond23

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    it got good shell it not doing anything but for some reason all the ones are perfect but one of the pieces of the shell it like lower than the other and it feel like a oval.
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    Hi Raymond,

    Imported Russians tend to be dinged up from all the scrambling around they do over rocks. Can you post a picture?
  3. Raymond23

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    it not really bad and i only got my computer and the camra broken but like the middle of it shell like one piece got a little bit of dent for some reason i dont got rock in the enclosure and he eating healthy
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    We’ll wait for you to have a chance to post a picture but if the spot isn’t soft, it’s probably fine. People ask this question a lot; I sure did when I was new!

    Here is the link to my own question about this, I posted a couple of pictures; maybe your tortoise’s dings look like mine. If so, it’s fine. https://tortoiseforum.org/threads/flaking-chipped-shell.143412/#post-1344567

    The first picture has an obvious, oval white spot. It’s an old injury where she chipped the shell down to the bone. It’s fine but won’t ever grow back.

    The second picture has some lighter damage where a piece had recently flaked off. Also fine.
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    I’m assuming that you got your tortoise from a pet store. Those tortoises are wild caught, and 4+ years old. During the years in the wild they spend their time banging around against rocks, scratching themselves on hard things, and so on. Not much you can do about it :)
  6. Raymond23

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    oh ok but how do i know if the tortoise shell is soft?
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    You press on it slightly. If it feels soft, it’s soft. If it feels hard, it’s hard.
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  8. Raymond23

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    oh ok it hard it maby because i got it from petsmart and it kinda dent alittle bit
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    Probably.
  10. Raymond23

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    wait only one piece of the shell is dent only a little bit can it be mbd
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    Is it soft?
  12. Raymond23

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    only a little bit on that piece but the rest is hard
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    Hi Raymond: I don't think you have anything to worry about. It's probably a minor injury from the hardships of capturing and shipping the tortoise. If he's eating and acting normal, he's more than likely ok.
  14. Raymond23

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    oh ok is he going to heal the shell
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    The dent probably won’t go away, and is already healed.
  16. Raymond23

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    oh ok so i should not put to much pressure and will it form diffrent once he shed his shell
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    Tortoises do not shed their shell. It is part of them, and connected to their skin and spine. It will never go away, and is already healed. Can we see a picture? I would get the app if you have trouble with it on the computer.
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