A Thread For Your Pictures of Split or Extra scutes

Yvonne G

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Hey all you keepers of tortoises with split or extra scutes!! Come on here and post pictures of your tortoises along with a bit of info on them. It will be interesting to follow along the lives of your tortoises with aberrant scures. Post your pictures here with a little info about the tortoise, and update every so often so we can watch him grow. I'll start:

This is Lil Kim, a rescue from SoCal. She/he's a babcock leopard,4 years old:

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Next is a Gopherus agassizii that's 7 years old, another rescue raised indoors on a bad diet and with no UVB:

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These two are from Will, about a year old, Manouria emys phayrei:

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This is a two year old yellowfoot tortoise that I hatched here. I'm going to set it up by itself this summer and see if I can't get it to grow better:

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And last but not least, Benawes, who will be 4 years in September, but right now he's behind the rose bush, and I couldn't reach him for a current picture. He's quite a bit bigger than this now:

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So where are pictures of older abnormal scute tortoises? Back to @Cowboy_Ken 's orginal question... are there really that few adult examples when we see so many split/abnormal scute babies???

Here's a 6 year old Burmese star I have that is missing a scute. I got "her" sent to me as a female, but though it looked male when I got it. HE proved me right within a few months! Hatched Apr. 5, 2011

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I haven't been on here in a while. I am happy to see this thread. I was wondering about the shell growth in the splits. Do the split scutes tend to pyramid more? One of mine is smooth, but the split area is looking like it is already wanting to pyramid. They are both hatched from this year. IMG_0638.JPG IMG_0944.JPG IMG_0483.JPG
 

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Shouldn't matter. Just be sure to keep them in humid conditions, not dry.
 
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