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Yes I soak her everyday in the morning before I feed her.Hello and welcome to the forum!
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I am just guessing here but I am wondering if she has a little “shell rot”?
Or she could be a little dehydrated?
Does she get soaked in water at least three times a week?
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Her shell isn’t soft, I’ve been checking it often. Her basking area is around the 90s and the rest of her enclosure is 68-70Looks normal to me too.
But what is the soft shell? Top shell or bottom? Where does it feel soft, on the new growth lines?
What are the rest of the temps other than basking spot?
I put her in a small plastic bin with water and leave her until she poops, then I change the water and leave her in there a bit more. I’ve read it should be 20 min.Definatly dry shell so something not right. When you say daily soak please explain what you do as this should give the hydration. As mentioned coconut oil is great to apply weekly. Check your tort has accessible access to water 24 x7 i.e in a flat rimmed dish it can walk and sit in. Check frest veg is provided wet to increase hydration. Next look at heat bulb... is it too low or too hot and drying the shell.
The bulb is a 50w flood light, I’ve tried raising it but then the basking area freno drops into the 80sYes, the new growth does look very dry and cracked. Do you have the tortoise under a strong Mercury Vapor Bulb? Maybe the light is too close???
You can lubricate the new growth with cold pressed coconut oil and see if that helps. Apply the oil and allow it to sit and penetrate/absorb, then after a few minutes wipe it off with an absorbent cotton cloth. And maybe raise the light/heat.
Be sure the water is kept warm the whole soak. A tort can be soaked longer then 20 minutes but not usually needed if hydration is good.I put her in a small plastic bin with water and leave her until she poops, then I change the water and leave her in there a bit more. I’ve read it should be 20 min.
The bulb is a 50 w floodlight and I have it positioned so the basking temp is around 95
I feed her fresh greens everyday