Weird Space on shell

iangible

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Hi, this is my first post here and my little goober is named Ivan. For a while now he’s had this space in between his scutes and his marginals.

Is this normal? He seems healthy excluding this and I’m just worried about him.

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I don’t have an answer but I’m curious if he was like this when you got him or is this something that’s been developing?
 

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I honestly can’t remember. He was a gift for my birthday a few years ago. I want to say I got him like this but in the time I’ve had him it hasn’t gotten worse or soft so I haven’t really been too worried about it.

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I don’t have an answer but I’m curious if he was like this when you got him or is this something that’s been developing?
 

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It's just new growth. A tortoise's silhouette stays looking like he should, that means sometimes parts of the shell have to grow faster than others to keep the silhouette normal-looking.
 

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It's just new growth. A tortoise's silhouette stays looking like he should, that means sometimes parts of the shell have to grow faster than others to keep the silhouette normal-looking.
That’s great news! I was so worried for the little guy. Thank you!
 

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I'm kinda bummed because I was going to use this as a proud update on my females progress and growth in my own thread...but it is of more use putting a worry to rest I think. It is indeed normal growth.

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While soaking, you can take a soft toothbrush and brush the shell. It will help those stuck scutes.

See I didn't know that, I figured it was normal and every one didn't have to have growth between it. I normally only brush her shell to remove feces and urine (yes don't ask me HOW, but she gets it on there) because she is less than receptive to it withdrawing repeatedly sounding like a pissed of snake as she exhales.

she is SO flipping heavy now it is insane. I can't even grab her by the sides of the shell with my thumb and bird finger anymore and I'm a grown man. She HAS to be egg laying size now.
 

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See I didn't know that, I figured it was normal and every one didn't have to have growth between it. I normally only brush her shell to remove feces and urine (yes don't ask me HOW, but she gets it on there) because she is less than receptive to it withdrawing repeatedly sounding like a pissed of snake as she exhales.

she is SO flipping heavy now it is insane. I can't even grab her by the sides of the shell with my thumb and bird finger anymore and I'm a grown man. She HAS to be egg laying size now.
What’s a bird finger?
 

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