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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-06-2004, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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sorry if this is a stupid question but should some of tortoises skin flake off?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-06-2004, 05:44 PM
 
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If you are talking about the scales, then, yes, it is common for turtles to shed their "skin."
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-06-2004, 10:28 PM
 
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What kind of tortoise? If their skin is flaking off you may be keeping them in an environment that is unsuitable humidity-wise. Tortoises which are used to arid climates, for instance, will have their skin "flake off" if they are kept in environments that are too wet. Substrate plays a big part in this.

I think I remember you posting about a Marginated Tortoise once. If this is the same tortoise then humidity could be the cause. If these tortoises are kept in moist substrates they can suffer a from a sort of scale rot -- it can be found similarly in snakes. The scales will come off in large "flakes" when this happens.

If this is the case, you can remedy it by changing the substrate to something drier such as newspaper. I would also recommend applying a good antiseptic to the affected areas.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-06-2004, 10:34 PM
 
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Oh, and Jon ... I noticed that in the other thread that you mentioned that your Marginated Tortoise had a runny nose ... if this is the same tortoise as above then the flaky skin on top of the runny nose definitely suggests a setup that is way too humid for the species. If you keep the tortoise in this setup it will likely suffer from repeated respiratory infections.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-06-2004, 10:43 PM
 
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Thank you for giving more specific advice, elf.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-07-2004, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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well they are marginated tortoises and the expanding substrate is the "reptiking" brand it's a substrate that you must add water to, i don't know if this will help you but this is the most i kinow as of yet
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-07-2004, 12:50 PM
 
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It depends on if it stays moist. I don't have any experience with reptiking. If the substrate stays moist then you will probably get rot -- Marginated tortoises are from arid climates.
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