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Hugo's shell

Discussion in 'Sulcata tortoises' started by Hugo's Home, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. Hugo's Home

    Hugo's Home New Member

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    Hello all! So we've had Hugo for about two months now and he is settling in nicely!
    He is 8yrs old and about 50 lbs.
    I have a question about his shell. For one does this look normal... I've read some about it and this is what I have came up with... the flaking could be caused by dry conditions or an injury.. It might or might not grow back, takes time.. don't remove the Flakey part. I've been so king him and pouring water on him maybe 5 times in two months. Should I do more? Diet is mostly grasses no grocery store food. Thanks all! Now here's the pics
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    That doesn't look normal. It looks like an injury. You should soak him more often, at least twice a week.
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    Is there anything he is rubbing against that could be causing the chipping of the shell?
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 5 Year Member Platinum Supporter

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    You can lubricate the new growth (that's what that area is, new growth) with extra virgin olive oil. Paint the oil on the seams between the scutes, using a Q-tip. Allow it to soak in for a few minutes, then polish it off with a clean, absorbent cloth.

    What is he eating besides that wonderful graze in his yard? I think food has an effect on the new growth too.
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    christykindness New Member 5 Year Member

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    the oil won't interfere with oxygen absorption?
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