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Shell color a sign of health issues?

Discussion in 'North American Tortoises (genus Gopherus)' started by PhilandShelly, Apr 29, 2019.

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  1. PhilandShelly

    PhilandShelly New Member

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    We have 2 CDT that are almost 2 years old. During their soak time, I dripped some water on their shells and they looked very different from one another. Should I be concerned? Coloring and pattern seem so different 20190427_154448.jpg
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    Each one a nice example of CDT color variation.
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    Thanks, Yvonne. So I shouldnt be concerned that the bottom right one has splotches on its shell? I was nervous one of them wasn't getting enough calcium.
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    Nope. Perfectly normal.
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    I second what Yvonne said. Both look healthy and normal to me.

    Glad to see them soaking too!

    They look like they've got a little pyramiding started. That is caused by growth in conditions that are too dry. If want want to know how to fix it, just ask.
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    Yes, any advice is welcomed. I read some of the existing threads and I might need to increase the humidity. If they are getting a balanced diet, do they need cuttlefish? Here's a better photo of their shells while chomping on dandelion

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