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Foot pad scales worn off - what to expect long term?

Discussion in 'Sulcata tortoises' started by DeniseZ, Jan 15, 2020 at 9:38 PM.

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  1. DeniseZ

    DeniseZ New Member

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    Noticed scales on the bottom of his front foot have worn off exposing skin. The skin isn't broken or infected. What can I expect in terms of healing? Will scales grow back? ED2E51CD-468E-416B-BA90-AD05C2A24EEB_1_201_a.jpeg
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    It will callous over and heal in time, but you must figure out the cause and prevent it from doing further damage. Is the tortoise living on concrete?
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    What do the rest of his feet look like? That raw spot is telling you there's something wrong in his habitat.

    You can try dabbing on some Neosporin then place a gauze pad over the spot and hold it in place with Gorilla tape. But that's a hard place for anything to stick.
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    He's been inside for the last month or two due to cold/wet winter. It must have happened last summer, when he was living in a temporary enclosure that had dirt but also cinder blocks around the perimeter. He does 'dig' a lot, trying to escape any enclosure, so it may have happened then. We are in the process of redoing his habitat, and he will be living in a nice heated shed with a linoleum floor and his outside environment will be the entire backyard, which includes dirt, grass, tile, and pavers.
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    I'd bet he wore it off trying to climb the cement blocks. If his back feet are also this way there's probably another problem.
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