Shell condition. Help please.

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Kim20500
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Shell condition. Help please.

Post by Kim20500 » Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:13 pm

Hi guys,

Me and my partner are owners of a yellow bellied slider. We got her from someone who didnt appear to take much care of her and bought a new, much bigger tank, filtiration system, heater, etc. We have had terra for about 3 month and she seems in really good health and happy enough?

However, I get concerned with the lack of time she is basking. To be fair we arent in during the day so we may be missing it. I have checked water temp vs basking temp and everything seems to be good.

Anyway the real problem is her skutes appear to be lifting/shedding and I have terrified myself by googling. I was wondering if anyone would be able to offer me advice on her shell condition? Whether it is shedding or something more serious? She appears to be basking more at the minute.

I have photos but apparently they are too large to attach. I would be grateful for any advice.

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Post by Neil » Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:51 pm

Hi, you can either open the photo's in Paint (or similar) and resize them, or you can upload them to a photo hosting site and link there, unfortunately there is only so much space on the forum without upgrading to a bigger and (quite a bit) more expensive package so I have limited the size of photo uploads.

The pics would be great, but it certainly just sounds like normal shedding and the chances are that she is basking through the day when you're not there as you suspect, but you could always set up a cheap webcam to keep an eye on her if you wanted to be certain ~thmbu
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Post by Kim20500 » Sat Dec 12, 2015 4:18 pm

Thank you Neil. We took her to a local specialist that day who advised that it was normal shedding like you said. Since I posted all Terra has done is bask and a few scutes have came off. She seems fine and happy enough.

Thank you for your advice. It is good to know I can use this forum in the future for any anxieties or problems I may have

~lgh-smil

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Post by Neil » Sat Dec 12, 2015 9:47 pm

Glad all is well, that shell looks in generally good condition and should look great soon once the shed is done :)
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*.*.* - Pseudemys concinna
*.*.* - Pseudemys nelsoni
*.*.* - Trachemys scripta elegans
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Re: Shell condition. Help please.

Post by Kim20500 » Sun Dec 13, 2015 5:16 pm

Good, everything is progressing and looking well. Thanks again!

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