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Will filing the shell hurt?


Well-Known Member
5 Year Member
Oct 2, 2012
Location (City and/or State)
Swansea UK
I noticed yesterday that 1 of my hatchlings was dragging his back leg,but when I pick him up he moves it normally.
When I was checking him today I noticed that the shell by that leg is really sharp and is probably rubbing him when he walks.
So will it hurt him if I try to smooth it out a bit with an emery board or should I take him to a vet and let them do it.
TITLE SHOULD HAVE BEEN,Will filing the shell hurt,but can’t seem to edit that lol

Yvonne G

Old Timer
TFO Admin
10 Year Member!
Platinum Tortoise Club
Jan 23, 2008
Location (City and/or State)
Clovis, CA
I would wait until he's a bit bigger to see if it's still an issue. In the meantime, cut off a small strip of duct tape and tape over that offending edge.

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