Cocos mouth

Crystallynda

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Hello guys..just curious on something I have noticed in coco..

his mouth or aka beak looks like this..he still eats a lot and I believe his bite is still pretty strong but can this be normal for a juvenile tortoise??
Let me know please! He has cuttlebone and a rock in his enclosure but I still think he’s a little young still for these things but please let me know if there’s something I can do!! Thanks!! 😊😊
 

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All I see is some discoloration. Their mouths can get stained from digging in the substrate.
All I see is some discoloration. Their mouths can get stained from digging in the substrate.
Yes, I got that! I know that’s from eating as well!
What I’m specifically talking about is his lower part..seems like it’s a little long and his mouth seems a little opened!
Just checking to see if this is normal that’s all!!😊😊
 

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It’s a little hard to tell, but it almost looks like he’s missing his nares. Are they there and just not visible in the pictures? Coco sure is cute, but like @KarenSoCal said, terrible choice of lipstick 🤣
You're right! They are very hard to see! All I see is tiny depressions where they are.
 

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I do see what you mean, but I don't think it is anything to worry about - many tortoises seem to have their jaws misaligned a bit, or even a lot. It might even out as he grows- I'm sure it won't spoil his looks !! When he is bigger, if it still bothers you, a vet could probably file it to a more even shape, but it may settle down anyway. Zola has had a slightly
overhanging top jaw since he was little, and we do take him to the vet a couple of times a year to have it filed - but it doesn't hurt him,or stop him eating (or biting my hand ! )
Angie
 

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It’s a little hard to tell, but it almost looks like he’s missing his nares. Are they there and just not visible in the pictures? Coco sure is cute, but like @KarenSoCal said, terrible choice of lipstick 🤣

I was thinking the same thing when seeing pics in the other thread, no nose holes that I can see.

It looks like Coco's lower jaw is becoming overgrown. Earlier photos of him showed a normal looking jaw. It's surprising that it's happening so soon. @Yvonne G has said in the past that lack of calcium can contribute to overgrown beaks. Are you giving Coco a pinch of calcium powder 1-2 times per week? Are you mainly feeding grocery store greens or have you tried to introduce some weeds?
 

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. . . and going along with what Zissou has said, a good UVB light to go with the calcium.
 
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