Realbookworm

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Hi! I’ve had my Russian (her name is Pistachio lol) for a little over a year now and I noticed when I got her that her shell seemed a little off centered, and in the last few months it’s been concerning me more and more. I want to know if her shell growth is normal or if I need to seek a professional for help with her. Are there any changes I could make with her diet that could help? I feed her mainly kale, collard greens, broccoli, and each of those with carrots every couple of days. She’ll also get berries every other week and I give her repti calcium once a week. Am I doing something wrong with her diet that’s making her shell weird? Please help! - Nayana 6CB394C9-FB46-44CF-BA3C-5762D393AA5C.jpeg
 

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Hi! I’ve had my Russian (her name is Pistachio lol) for a little over a year now and I noticed when I got her that her shell seemed a little off centered, and in the last few months it’s been concerning me more and more. I want to know if her shell growth is normal or if I need to seek a professional for help with her. Are there any changes I could make with her diet that could help? I feed her mainly kale, collard greens, broccoli, and each of those with carrots every couple of days. She’ll also get berries every other week and I give her repti calcium once a week. Am I doing something wrong with her diet that’s making her shell weird? Please help! - Nayana View attachment 285739
Have you read the Russian care thread? Sounds like an improper diet. Also, what is your lighting situation? How often do you soak?
 

Realbookworm

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Have you read the Russian care thread? Sounds like an improper diet. Also, what is your lighting situation? How often do you soak?
I have a combination heat lamp and sun lamp. One side is heat the other is the sun lamp, the sun one is on during the day and the heat lamp is on at night. I soak her at least once or twice a week. I’ll read the care thread on diets for Russians to see what else I’m missing in her diet
 

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Could we have a picture of her from each side? How old was she when you brought her home? Where did you get her?

This info will help us help you.

Oh, and welcome to the forum!
 

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Realbookworm

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Could we have a picture of her from each side? How old was she when you brought her home? Where did you get her?

This info will help us help you.

Oh, and welcome to the forum!
She was around 3-4 when I got her. She came from a family friend who owns lots of other reptiles, but I think she was her first tortoise image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg
 

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Thanks for the pictures!
I think whoever had her for those first 3 or 4 years could have done a little better with her.

As Tom said, follow the care sheet, and hopefully new growth will be better. And I think I would try some coconut oil on the seams as well.
 
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