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RE: What is normal shedding for a RES?

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Posted by: Linda G at Tue Jan 17 12:35:42 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Linda G ]  
   

OK,I think I know what may be causing the shedding skin. I believe the water is too warm. They are temperate turtles so they prefer water around 72-74. With the basking area they routinely climb onto it to warm up. The drying out helps with skin and shell. When your water is too warm it discourages them from basking. I would also only feed a few reptomin sticks a day as too much Vitamin A can cause excessive shedding. Shedding of skin is normal but not in excess. Shedding of their scutes is also normal as they grow. Do not force or pull these off as they start to lift. I raised my 14 year old with this set-up and never had a problem with her. She is 12" long and just over 4 lbs now.

I would try cooling the water down and see if you notice her basking more and shedding skin less.
Hope this helps


   

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