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This little guy was born with a deformed spine. I had to help get the rest of the egg off him due to his shape. Nevertheless, he swims fine and this little guy will live a long happy life with me.
 

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Looks more like a cooter.

Do you mind saying how you incubated? What temp? Was the egg washed with tap water when first laid?

I have a feeling it will grow out of a lot of that misshape you see now.
It's a red ear, I didn't wash the eggs at all, and around 86-88 degrees.
 

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It's a red ear, I didn't wash the eggs at all, and around 86-88 degrees.
I've seen 100s of baby red ears and never have seen one without the characteristic vertical stripes going down the costals. That is an identifying trait of red ears. What do the parents look like?
 

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I've seen 100s of baby red ears and never have seen one without the characteristic vertical stripes going down the costals. That is an identifying trait of red ears. What do the parents look like?
The mom is somewhat of a hypo. And the pladtron gives it away.
 

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The mom is somewhat of a hypo. And the pladtron gives it away.

I've seen 100s of baby red ears and never have seen one without the characteristic vertical stripes going down the costals. That is an identifying trait of red ears. What do the parents look like?
Here are the clutch mates.
 

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This little guy was born with a deformed spine. I had to help get the rest of the egg off him due to his shape. Nevertheless, he swims fine and this little guy will live a long happy life with me.
Awwww his lil face so cute, glad he will still have a happy life, bless x
 

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This little guy was born with a deformed spine. I had to help get the rest of the egg off him due to his shape. Nevertheless, he swims fine and this little guy will live a long happy life with me.
Thank God he is with you. If he were out in the wild he may not have had any chance at a life.
 

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There will be a genetic component, so deformed critters should be pulled from breeding populations.
With aquatic turtle eggs, the chemistry of the water the egg is exposed to as well as the chemistry of the incubation medium can definitely cause deformities. Incubation temps too high also a cause. So - very much an environmental factor involved most times.
 

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With aquatic turtle eggs, the chemistry of the water the egg is exposed to as well as the chemistry of the incubation medium can definitely cause deformities. Incubation temps too high also a cause. So - very much an environmental factor involved most times.

@DoubleD1996! How does the baby look now? Has the shell straightened out a bit more? It sure looked like it could grow out of most of the "deformity" I saw in the first pictures.
The deformity looks a bit better
 

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With aquatic turtle eggs, the chemistry of the water the egg is exposed to as well as the chemistry of the incubation medium can definitely cause deformities. Incubation temps too high also a cause. So - very much an environmental factor involved most times.
Bunches of causes, including genetics:


Deformed animals - particularly those that are poor-doing - should be removed from breeding stock and systematically evaluated over time for progress, or evidence of further internal defects.

Concurrently, if adults continue to produce deformed offspring, steps should be taken to evaluate the breeding conditions and genomic quality of the adults.
 
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