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Question on Beak Trimming

Discussion in 'Sulcata tortoises' started by SWFLTortoise, Apr 20, 2019.

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  1. SWFLTortoise

    SWFLTortoise Active Member

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    Hi again,

    I'd like to see what you all think about Lumpy's beak, and if you think it needs trimming.

    I am attaching a few photos. It does not seem that these "fangs" affect his bite, and certainly doesn't slow down his eating, but really would like some other opinions.

    Yvonne, I know you have a lot of experience with trimming, so hoping you will chime in here.

    I'd be a bit nervous trimming, and if I must I would use a dremel tool with a sanding attachment. Definitely would not using any clippers.

    Thank you! 20190420_103723.jpeg 20190420_103701.jpeg 20190418_175434_007_saved.jpeg 20190420_104639.gif
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Most sulcatas have that "vampire" look to their top beaks. I've assumed it's for helping them bite off the hard, thick stems of plants in nature. There is no need to trim that beak. It looks perfectly normal (just don't allow him to bite you!!!)
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    Awesome! Thank you so much!
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    Happy Birthday!
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    I agree with Yvonne! :)
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    Thanks Tom!
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