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box turtle shell problem?

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Posted by: xxxanity at Tue Oct 7 23:48:13 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by xxxanity ]  
   

I have an eastern box turtle who is still pretty young, about a year and a half old. I've had her (as well as I can tell she's a girl) since she was a hatchling and I'm a little concerned that some of the front part of her shell is concave. It isn't that uniform smoothness of adult box turtles I've seen, but then I've never seen another turtle in person at this age. Her shell almost seems more like an aquatic turtle's.

She's been like this since I got her (rescued with injured feet, she's still missing claws) but I was concerned that maybe there's a problem with her diet causing this. The picture I'm putting in here is old, she's grown quite a bit. Excuse the mud and the fact that you can't see the indentations I'm talking about really. It's more to show you the area that is dipped inwards. The corresponding shell area in the back also dips in.

Should I be concerned? Are there any supplements or products other than regular calcium supplements that are specifically made for shell health?




   

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