Unhealthy Tortoise Shell?

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How do I know if my tortoise is unhealthy?

Be on the lookout for common symptoms associated with illness in a tortoise, including runny nose, labored breathing, sunken eyes or swollen eyelids, loose stools, loss of appetite, listlessness, swollen body tissues, prominent bones (in head or limbs), soft shell, noticeable weight loss or gain in a short period of …

How do I know if my tortoise shell is healthy?

1/ Healthy Shell

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A healthy tortoise shell is smooth and firm to touch. Also, it should have evenly arranged scutes without any gaps in between them. If your tortoise’s shell appears to be cracked or soft to the touch, this might be a sign of metabolic bone disorder (MBD).

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What does shell rot in tortoise look like?

Visible fluid underneath the scutes of the shell. The scutes appear to be flaking or lifting away from each other. Scutes falling off, leaving necrotic bony tissue exposed underneath. Soft areas of the shell – the shell should be hard all over with no soft areas.Oct 15, 2021

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How can you tell if a tortoise is dehydrated?

How To Tell If Your Tortoise Is Dehydrated And What To Do To Help Them

  • Reduced, thickened, or whitish urine.
  • Dry faeces.
  • Dry, loose and flaky skin.
  • Sunken or watery eyes.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Weight loss.
  • Lethargy, depression, lack of activity.
  • Thick, ropey mouth mucus.
  • How do I keep my tortoise shell healthy?

    Tortoise Shell Look Dry

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  • Hard Water. Shells that look dry may not be dry at all. …
  • Retained Scutes. …
  • Never Leave A Tortoise Unattended. …
  • Only Use Water. …
  • Weekly Baths or Soaks. …
  • Easing Constipation. …
  • Calcium-Rich Foods. …
  • Avoid Phosphorus-Rich Foods.
  • More items…

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    How often should I soak my tortoise?

    Hatchling and young tortoises should be soaked daily decreasing this to every other day as they grow older. Older juvenile tortoises should be bathed 2-3 times a week and adult tortoises bathed weekly, but more frequently if kept indoors under heat lamps.

    What should my tortoise shell look like?

    The tortoise should be able to move objects out of the way and try to squeeze through the smallest of gaps. It will dig and climb and it should have good muscle tone in all limbs. The top of the shell (the carapace) should be smooth, feel firm to touch and have no obvious bumps or signs of injury.

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    How do you tell if a tortoise is stressed?

    Lethargy, lack of appetite, and hiding a lot are common symptoms. Illnesses, injuries, environmental changes, consistent noises, being moved or handled, and bullied are potential reasons for stress.

    How can I make my tortoise shell better?

    Tortoises require a great deal of calcium in their diet to help them grow healthy bones and shells. Wild Sulcata and Leopard tortoises by example get sufficient calcium by eating the grasses that grow in the calcium-laden soils of Africa. Adding cuttlebone to the tortoise enclosure is an easy way to provide calcium.Dec 22, 2018

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    Will shell rot go away on its own?

    As such, it is VERY important to know how to keep the water in your aquatic turtle tank clean and how to properly clean your tortoise’s environment. Shell rot usually needs aggressive treatment such as antibiotics and daily cleaning. This usually takes a very long time to heal.Apr 27, 2020

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    How do you fix shell rot on a tortoise?

    Antibiotic cover is essentially in severe shell rot cases or if the shell has been fractured. Topical antibiotics such as silver sulfazadine cream applied daily can be enough for many cases. If they need systemic treatment as well I generally use ceftazadine injection.Feb 21, 2016

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    How does a tortoise get shell rot?

    Shell rot obviously refers to an infection of the shell. Both the carapace and plastron can get shell rot. Shell rot is usually caused by bacteria growing in dirty environments, such as with dirty water (therefore it is important to know how to keep the water in your aquatic turtle tank clean) or moldy bedding.Apr 20, 2022

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    Do tortoises like to soak in water?

    Tortoises need to soak twice a week or so to help them stay hydrated and clean. This keeps them strong and healthy, avoiding getting sick from dehydration or bacteria that can build up on their body. Tortoises also need to soak so that the shell and the skin do not crack from dryness.

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    Do tortoises need water every day?

    Tortoises should be given a fresh water every day. You may not witness your pet tortoise drink, but you must regularly check their bowl. This will provide you with an idea of how much water they are drinking.Jan 7, 2020

    How deep should a tortoise bath be?

    All one needs is a toothbrush, a tub of some sort large enough to accommodate the tortoises, and tepid water, no deeper than is necessary to cover the entire plastron, and a few centimetres of the carapace. Allow your tortoise awhile to rehydrate itself, usually 15 to 20 minutes, then replace the water.

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    Is it OK to put oil on a tortoise shell?

    Shells need to breathe or absorb moisture, so never apply oils or lotions. Oils and lotions can trap germs against the shell, or act as breeding media for them. The oil or lotion collects dirt, which is bad for the tortoise. The oils or lotions contain chemicals that the tortoise will absorb and be injured by.

    Should you put oil on a tortoise shell?

    Never clean your tortoise with oil – a build up of oil is harmful to a tortoise’s shell, because it can clog the pores. Tortoises “breathe” through their shells as we do through our skin and a buildup of dirt or oil can block oxygen transfer and create other problems.Oct 16, 2013

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    Is it okay to put coconut oil on tortoise shell?

    Coconut Oil is a natural remedy for improving your nails. It supposedly makes them stronger and fights anti-fungal infections. As a tortoise shell consists of keratin it therefore follows that a shell could be improved by coconut oil to make it stronger and to fight local fungis.Jun 22, 2016

    Do I dry my tortoise after a bath?

    Once you have finished scrubbing your tortoise set them on a dry towel and very gently pat and wipe away the water. This would also be a good chance to let them walk around a warm room to dry off and get exercise.

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    What can I give my tortoise to play with?

    Logs, rocks, bathing dishes, moist hides, and dirt mounds are good choices for toys and enrichment. In addition to providing a clean and safe enclosure for your tortoise, you should give plenty of thought to enrichment objects and activities—otherwise known as toys!

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    How often should I change my tortoise bedding?

    It is good practice to do a full substrate change every few months and while the table is empty it is a good time to replace any damaged lining and to disinfect the table and any rocks and hides.

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    Can you overfeed a tortoise?

    Tortoises can overeat and being chronically overfed (whether they are overweight or not) can cause long term health problems. Determining when your tortoise is sated is more of an issue of looking at your tortoise’s growth and overall well being than on how much he is eating in one sitting.Oct 14, 2013

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    Why is my tortoise shell chipping?

    As tortoises grow, the scutes shed into sections and they re-grow with the rest of the body. It’s a natural shell-renewal process. In essence, the tortoise is shedding its old shell to make a new one as its body and bones are growing.

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    What happens if a tortoise gets too cold?

    The tortoise needs a temperature of around 38 to 48 degrees Fahrenheit to make it through hibernation. If they go below 38 degrees for any appreciable length of time – they can freeze to death. Even if they don’t die, these temperatures may leave them blind or cause tissue damage which is permanent. It may drown.

    How do I destress my tortoise?

    Develop A Safe Space For Your Tortoises

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    As burrowing animals, tortoises love to hide when things aren’t quite right, and this will immediately reduce their level of stress. If they can’t burrow, the ability to hide under a leaf or in a dark place can be as good for them.

    Do tortoises recognize their owners?

    Do Tortoises and Turtles Recognize Their Owners? Yes, both tortoises and turtles can learn to recognize their caretakers. This does take time, but turtles and tortoises are very smart. They will learn your scent, sounds, and behaviors.

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    How do you relax a tortoise?

    Some tortoises become stressed from boredom alone, so keeping the tortoise entertained will help even out its moods. Tortoises can get stressed, even if they don’t act out when they’re upset. By keeping an eye on their behavior, you can catch the problem early.

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    Can you use olive oil on tortoise shell?

    The only thing you would need to put on your tortoise’s shell is water! Do not use any oils or other substances! It was common practice to oil the shell of tortoises years ago.Nov 22, 2009

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    Why does my turtle’s shell look dirty?

    Turtle Shell Rot Symptoms

    Shell rot is basically a fungal infection of the shell and is usually caused by poor lighting, poor water temperature, and poor habitat conditions. Early-onset shell rot will generally appear as white patches on the shell. It can also look like indentations or bits of shell missing.

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    How do you treat fungus on a turtle shell?

    Chelonians with fungal infections of the shell can be treated by local debridement and topical application of Lugol solution or povidone-iodine. Exposure to ultraviolet light also may be beneficial.Oct 28, 2018

    Why is my turtle shell turning brown?

    As they develop into adults and age, their shells often become dark green, brown, and black. Thus, it is perfectly normal and healthy for your turtle’s color to change over time. You should expect this.

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    How do you tell if a tortoise is stressed?

    Lethargy, lack of appetite, and hiding a lot are common symptoms. Illnesses, injuries, environmental changes, consistent noises, being moved or handled, and bullied are potential reasons for stress.

    What does healthy tortoise poop look like?

    But for the most part, the feces will be brown or greenish-brown. A healthy turtle/tortoise produces quite firm, well-formed feces. If they contain undigested food or are runny, then the possibility of parasites should be ruled out by analysis of a stool sample by your vet.Sep 17, 2017

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    Why is my tortoise not very active?

    If your tortoise is sleeping all the time, and barely eating, she could be trying to hibernate. Tortoises begin to slow down when the days shorten and the weather changes. You should check her heating and lighting to ensure she’s getting enough light and warmth. You should also check that she’s not dehydrated.May 25, 2018

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    What illnesses can tortoises Get?

    There are few infectious diseases in tortoises, such as chelonian herpesvirus and mycoplasma, these often cause runny noses (used to be called Runny Nose Syndrome-RNS).

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