Is there a way or tool which can trim the tortoise beak

qiangzhu

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The cuttlefish bone doesn't work for my Russian. She is bought from the Petco which should be wild caught and very picky in food. She only eats lettuces, pad cactuses, endives, cucumbers and dandelion greens which are all soft food. From the nutrition perspective, I sprays the tortoise supply dry hay powder or Kapidolo farm dry food and also calcium powder on top of those greens so it looks ok. But I don't know how to trim her beak. Is there some other way or tool I can use to trim her beak?

Thanks!
 

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I find it easier and less upsetting for the tort to use an emery board. I do it after Bradley's soak, when she's mellow, and I put her on my lap with her head facing down my leg so she thinks she might fall--then she keeps her head and feet out. I just do a little at a time. The key is not to let it ever get out of hand, but honestly, I've only had to do it a few times in 22 years. I feed her on a piece of slate and she wears it down pretty well herself.
 

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I only had to trum once and I too used a toe nail clipper.
You can also use a drummel.
 

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The cuttlefish bone doesn't work for my Russian. She is bought from the Petco which should be wild caught and very picky in food. She only eats lettuces, pad cactuses, endives, cucumbers and dandelion greens which are all soft food. From the nutrition perspective, I sprays the tortoise supply dry hay powder or Kapidolo farm dry food and also calcium powder on top of those greens so it looks ok. But I don't know how to trim her beak. Is there some other way or tool I can use to trim her beak?

Thanks!
Can we see a picture of the beak in question?
 
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