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RE: Softshell shell deformity - Please Help

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Posted by: adamjeffery at Sat Nov 25 15:11:14 2006  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by adamjeffery ]  
   

by no means am i an expert on turtles but i have raised and bred many types over the years. it is my belief that maybe you are feeding it too well!!! what i mean is that the softies body is growing faster then the shell and its putting pressure on the plastron and causing the sides to bulge upward. maybe the diet has too much protein and not enough of another mineral or something like that. maybe try limiting its diet a little just try checking with a good herp vet and see what they say
one other thing i thought might be a problem is maybe the uvb light is causing the shell to harden somewhat maybe try putting the softies in another tank with out the uvb and see if it corrects itself.
i know that with hard shelled turtles the shell will curl if they are not getting enough calcium so maybe that is the cause but i am not sure how calcium correlates with the growth in softies.
adam
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