manoj v asked in PetsReptiles · 1 decade ago

my turtles shell is coming out..?

friedns am a lot worried...my turtles shell is coming out from the edges,its a res of about 5 years.since the last 2 weeks 3 pieces of my turtles shell have come out on its own,what can be the reason??

is it usuall?or is it ill?plzz reply soon

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  • 1 decade ago
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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/29035692@N03/sets/721...

    Check out my turtle pic's are they shedding their top scutes/shell pieces?

    If yes that means they are growing.

    If they are white holes in the shell then its shell rot which is not good.

    Source(s): I have had my 2 slider girls for 36 yrs. Plus an 8 and 5 yr old and now a 2 yr old adopted from this site..
  • 4 years ago

    turtles are insecure animals and need a place to hide otherwise they become unhealthy due to stress. its a common misconception that turtles are low maintenance pets. turtles require a day/night cycle. they require clear separation between dry land and water, because they are cold blooded creatures. they go in the water when they are hot and come out when they are cold. they require heat lamps to stay warm outside of the water. they require filtration to keep their water clean. in the wild this isnt a big problem but in a tank it is, their swimming water is also their drinking water. if you have a high volume tank, your water will need a heater to maintain temperature. and most importantly they require a cave or a log or something in the water to hide. preventing your turtle from hiding is extremely unhealthy for your pet. your turtle is only insecure because his environment is not suited for him. if you provide an adequate habitat for him he should be confident enough to stick his head out more often. you should NEVER glue ANYTHING to a living animal. also, wash your hands after handling your turtle, they are covered in salmonella.

  • I have a Turtle of my very own and he does the same thing. Really what he is doing is shedding his skin especially since he is growing older this is part of a turtles life cycle especially before hibernation season. But If you still feel worried about your turtle then you might want to take him to te vet just to be sure. I hope this information helps and good luck with your turtle ! :)

  • 1 decade ago

    It's sheding his shell.

    Source(s): Had a turtle =]
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