"Smooshed" shell

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curiousgeorge58

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IMG_1157.JPG Hello All,

This is my first post to this forum. I have found very useful and wonderful information on here for my wife and I's 2 baby Sulcata's we got in September.

I wanted to see if anyone has an opinion on our smaller guy of the two. Until we decided on a permanent name for him, he was going by "Smooshy" (who is now Argus) - and you will see why by looking at the picture.

Part of the reason we picked this little guy (or girl) was because of his "smooshy" shell. A few things I have read in my information gathering seem to show this may be a bad sign or a sign of health issues to come later in life.

Overall he's active and seems healthy - I just am looking for an opinion. Based on the picture, has anyone ever seen a little tort have a smooshed in shell on one side that turned out to be perfectly healthy?
 
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Hi and welcome! Are you talking about that small area on his front right scute, as the smooshed part?
 

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Jacqui said:
Hi and welcome! Are you talking about that small area on his front right scute, as the smooshed part?

Yes, that is correct. It's concaved in - like a dip. I have a better picture where it's just his sillouette in his log-hide, but didn't have access to it at work.

Thanks for the reply!
Todd
 

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Jacqui said:
Hi and welcome! Are you talking about that small area on his front right scute, as the smooshed part?


My wife emailed me the sillouette picture. I have attached it to this post.
 

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Welcome to the Forum, Todd.

I really don't think this is going to be a problem for your tort. It may even "plump" up as he grows.
 

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Hello and welcome..it was probably done while hatching and im sure nothing to worry about..
 

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Looks just fine...and I like Argus much much better than Smooshy....lol :D adorable tort by the way...
 
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