- May 8, 2014
Since acquiring Herman (approx 1.5 yrs old) from my nephew, who moved to Australia and couldn't bring Herman with him, I've been doing my best to research proper tortoise care. I bath Herman every morning and let her walk around in the humid shower stall before drying her off and putting her in her coco coil soil substrate which varies from 50% to 20% humidity depending on the day. She has large rocks to hang out on and climb over and a UV lamp and heat lamp combo in a vivarium (tortoise table coming thus summer). I feed her lettuces such as endive, radicchio, escarole, dandelion, and occasionally kale and spring mix with spinach taken out. I liberally sprinkle Repachy super veggie powder onto her food every day, which she eats, and have a cuttlebone in there, which she plays with.
I thought I was doing well, her shell is hard and she's active, eats well, but I noticed these ridges developing on her carapace between the scutes. Since her pyramiding was pretty minimal with my nephew's fairly hands off approach to ownership, I wonder what I'm doing wrong. Am I over-feeding her? I've attached photos that hopefully show the ridges that I'm concerned about.