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Tortoise beak to long

Discussion in 'Tortoise Health' started by dl450, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. dl450

    dl450 New Member

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    A friend of mines russian tortoises beak grew a little out of hand where a slate won't really trim it any advice on trimming it that won't involve a vet trip
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Take toe/finger nail clippers and cut a little at a time. You can also try filing it.
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    dl450 New Member

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    How can you do that with their shell though?
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    Tip them forward so they feel like falling they will poke out their head and then trim the beak
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    As said, but then when I had to do it to a leopard rescue, I stuck a popcycle stick between the beak and body so he couldn't pull his head back in. I then trimmed what was hanging past the stick
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 5 Year Member Platinum Supporter

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    You have to sneak up on him and grab his head behind the jaws when he's not expecting it. They're very strong, you you have to be quick and hold firmly.
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